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Old 08-08-2013, 11:59 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by justplaincharlotte View Post
Gotcha, GG!

I fell in love with dishcloths when I crocheted, have oodles of those almost 2 decades old and still in good shape after repeated washes and kitchen abuses. I just love the feel of a knitted dishcloth, not nearly so heavy, but still heavy-duty. Regardless of craft, they are a perfect quick project that kills 2 birds with one stone: an excellent housework tool *and* learning stitch patterns. I just love economy of motion!

I couldn't resist trying the Garterlac with some left over yarn. It came out well, though I ran out of yarn halfway through, and have a half sized completed cloth. Now I have a weensy little coffee cloth to put in front of my coffee maker to catch drips. Let me know how you like entrelac. I like how it looks & feels but the technique is a mite fiddly for my tastes. YMMV.

A coffee drip catcher is wonderful! Love your ingenuity there.

The Garterlac Dishcloth was a fail, not because of a problem with the pattern, because I hadn't done entrelac before. I posted a photo of my Entrelac Adventure in my blog thread. I now know how to do entrelac so I think the Garterlac will be a success when I go for it again...soon. I did the knit backwards thing and found that picking up the stitches left handed was much easier than trying to do the PU&P from the back as in the video I followed to make my entrelac cloth. I found a site called Yarn Crafts for Lefties with knitting videos for actual left handed knitting and I'm thinking those might come in handy with entrelac somehow. Yeah, it's a mite fiddly but I want to try it in the round for a bag. I think it would be cool.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:24 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Well, gee, Charlotte, you are out to get me today! I've been thinking I'd try entrelac but hadn't seen something small I wanted to do with it and now you show me that. I have more white cotton yarn, maybe I have enough for it. Now I have no excuse. Thanks for the link.

Funny thing, when I started knitting two years ago I didn't care for doing dishcloths, now I love them and they're the only kind I use anymore. When I do one and it turns out too small because I didn't pay attention to how many stitches I should cast on to get the right size in a particular stitch pattern I'm playing with I find other uses for them. They're handy to have.
I'm amazed that you've only been knitting for two years. What inspired you to start knitting? Did you take a class or learn mostly from this site?
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I'm amazed that you've only been knitting for two years. What inspired you to start knitting? Did you take a class or learn mostly from this site?
You're amazed? Why? I'd tried to learn to knit several times and couldn't get it. I crocheted and was OK with that but I did want to knit. Crocheted socks aren't good for going in shoes, crocheted dishcloths are too thick for my liking, there are things I just think work better in knitting. I'd tried knitting more like crocheting and found I could actually do knit stitches but purls? no way. I got one of those I Can't Believe I'm Knitting type kits with a book and needles and a few other things and whaddaya know, there's this thing called Continental knitting in it. I could knit and purl! Still, I couldn't really do anything with it because couldn't figure out how to fix mistakes rows back and kept frogging. Then the inspiration: My GS asked me to make him a sweater but the yarn he picked out wasn't crocheting well. I put it aside and figured I'd just buy more yarn. I then found a clearanced DVD for learning to knit and it helped. I felt encouraged and started looking online, found this site, asked about an easy pattern, and started knitting my GS a button front hooded cardigan with pockets. See, I ask about easy, but did I listen? So, my DGS with Aspergers was my inspiration to get started knitting. My join date for this site (LOL I checked it before I said 2 years!) marks the beginning of my knitting adventures. I've learned a few things and only plan to knit till there's nothing more to learn. I've not crocheted much of anything since I started knitting, knitting doesn't hurt my hands like crochet does. Thanks for asking! Seeing your beautiful shawls is inspiring!
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