Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hand Knit Dish Cloths


At this time of year, I seem to focus my attention towards making handmade gifts for the holiday season. I look forward to being more productive, more creative, and making things for those who appreciate the value of a hand-knit or homemade gift. This past weekend, we made the journey up to Lake Superior where my mom and sister share that excitement of gift-making. My sister crochets like a mad woman whipping up practical yet beautiful potholders, toys, and felted handbags, while my mom paints wondrous Christmas ornaments, knits sweaters, afghans, and unique baby gifts. If any of you have seen the new SOMERSET STUDIO "ARTFUL BLOGGING" magazine this month, you can appreciate the love I have for this latest issue. It is very comforting to know that there are many artful spirits in this world. One article inspired me to knit up these raised box stitch dishcloths. Then I created a tag of a beautiful young woman from an image I received from my dear friend, Deb Abel. As I have been a knitter for over 50 years (has it been that long?), I quickly read Deb Andriulli's pattern and pulled out my needles. This pattern is easy yet impressive. I am peaceful now, sipping my cup of tea, dreaming of the next color to use.

3 comments:

Debra said...

Nancy, How fortunate anyone would be to receive something made by hand with love. These are lovely. It is easy to just go to a store and buy a gift, so to receive a gift "made" just for you, is a real treasure.

Her Art Nest said...

I have been knitting like a crazed person with these dishcloths. I hope they are a hit for the holidays! I even ordered some special edition yarn from a company that makes 100% cotton yarn. Thanks for making me feel like the work is worth the time.

CODYANDJEN said...

Well Nance, we got home less than 24 hours ago and I have my dishcloths next to my sink. Thank you!!! They look wonderful and I LOVE them (my mom wants the pattern). I had a great time with you on Friday and I loved getting to see you and spend some time with you! Take care and thanks for thinking of me. I feel so special...

Jen