Yes, yes I am back so soon. I'm planning a couple rounds of posts on Christmas gifts, partially because there are a lot of them, and partially because, well, I'm still starting some. I'm a classy gift giver like that. But to be fair, some of the people I give Christmas presents to are fellow grad students and they are away over break, so what do they care when I start knitting. That's what I'll keep telling myself anyway.
This first post will be on the stocking stuffers I made for my parents and Peto - they're cute little packages of knit washcloths and handmade soap. Washcloths- thrilling, I know. But actually, they kind of were thrilling. I'd just come down from a long stint of crocheting, and I was really ready for some knitting. I keep jumping back and forth between these two crafts in such a weirdly manic fashion, when really, I don't have to be such a nut about it. At least for now it's working. Nothing feels better than getting back to a craft you've neglected for a few weeks/days/hours.
The first washcloth you see here went to my dad. It's so satisfyingly sturdy and squishy that I think I'll have to make more for my own household. I bet this baby feels great pressed up into your face. The pattern is called Circle Cloth
Next up was a simple pattern, and I decided to give this one to my mom since it seemed like a shade of green that she would really love. This pattern came from the Purl Bee - Wedding Washcloths. That page pictures both seed stitch and seed stitch-bordered washcloths, and as much as I would love a nubby seed stitch cloth I just didn't have it in me to knit that much of it. Sad, I know, when we're only talking about a freaking washcloth. That's how much I hate knitting seed stitch.
And this last one has what may be the most bizarre name for a washcloth I have ever seen: it's called the DW Darrell Waltrip Cloth. I absolutely love the texture of those floats over the fronts of the slipped stitches.
In case anyone is curious, I did queue up a few other washcloth patterns that looked nice, so here are some links. Some of these are knit; some are crocheted; some are intended as dish/washcloths; some are not:
lion brand dish cloth
the squidge cloth
waffle knit dish cloth
grrr - I mean come ON, we all know I need this. Trouble is my family members don't really need it, so it didn't make the cut for stocking stuffers.
and the always classic ballband dishcloth
crazy cloth dish cloth
wool eater blanket - *yes I realize this is a blanket pattern, but I was so in love with Julia Vesper's wool eater potholders that this might be a good opportunity to try out the pattern in a new way. Just look at her use of color! Fantastic.
waffle weave dishcloth -*I love the look/feel of crocheted waffle stitch, but I just finished a stealth crochet project involving a LOT of it and I would have gone bat shit crazy if I'd crocheted a single other post stitch.
easy crocheted dishcloth
granny dishcloth c
crochet dandy dishcloths - the name of these completely freaks me out, but I am such a sucker for that color/texture combo on the rav page.
noro catherine wheel scarf - inspired by Adrian of Hello Yarn's potholder
pretty petals potholder - so frilly! so pretty! it just makes me want to wash my face!