Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Yarning Along...


...with Ginny at Small Things.

I finished the little cardigan I was making for Doug's niece. It turned out cute -- very girlie and very springy. The pattern (this is the second pattern I've used from Knitting Pure and Simple) ran a bit wide, which I found also with the hoodie I made for Faith. Now that I know, I will adjust future knits from Pure and Simple for my skinnier people.

I knit this little cardigan in Peaches and Creme Gumdrop. This is the second sweater I knit using a Peaches and Creme yarn and I don't think I will use it again for any wearable items. I try to limit what I say here to positive things, but I don't want to lead anyone to believe that this yarn has led to a favorable outcome on either sweater. I'm not very happy with it. Period. I had no illusions that an inexpensive yarn would be perfect but after one wash and blocking, both sweaters fuzzed a lot. I know cotton fuzzes some, but I don't think it should pill after the first wash. This little sweater is not an heirloom item -- it's a funky cotton cardigan for a four year old -- but I would have liked for it to look nice a little longer. Hopefully it won't get washed a lot. I'm going to try some pricier cotton yarn next to see what I think.

I'm on to knitting dishcloths now. I've knit two in this pattern and it's a very quick knit and the texture is great for scrubbing lightly soiled dishes and pans. This one is made with Peaches and Creme in Sour Green Apple (perfectly acceptable for dish cloths!).

My read is Abby Johnson's Unplanned, the stunning story of the end of Johnson's career at Planned Parenthood and her switch from being pro-choice to vehemently pro-life. Good read. I'm on the last chapter and I highly recommend it.

Join Ginny for more reading and knitting.

Also, as an important side, Ginny is collecting hats to send to Japan. I just happened to find a cotton hat and scarf in my knitting bag yesterday and I washed it, dried and then read Ginny's post this morning -- providential. Go here to find out where to send your hats.



  1. I really like that Sour Green Apple yarn!! It is perfect for dish cloths. Can't wait to read that book, too. It's on my list!

    Have a blessed day!

  2. I love that Sour Green Apple colorway! My favorite cotton has been Mission Falls 1824 (I think that is the right number), which is a nubby cotton. I used it on the first washcloth that I ever made and it is going strong after 2 years of constant washing and occaisionally getting tossed in the sanitary washer cycle. There is no pilling to speak of and the colors still look great. It definitely is on the pricey side, but you can find good sales on it sometimes.

  3. The washcloth is really lovely! The colorway is rich and cheerful.

  4. Sarah,
    I received that skein of yarn accidentally when I was knitting Faith's sweater and I thought it was ugly, but I really like it for a dish cloth. The dark colors won't show stains.

    Heidi -- gonna check out that yarn. Thanks!

    Thanks, Swanksi.

  5. Great minds think alike....I thought, "Coffee stains won't show on that pretty dishrag." :))

    Such a lovely little sweater, so perfect for a 4 year old! :)

  6. I have had that fuzzy-ing problem with peaches and cream before but not with sugar and cream brand, they really are the same price point so you might have better luck. The sweater is beautiful in any event.

  7. Do you have suggestions for a reasonably priced yarn for clothing items? Something worsted weight and preferably NOT 100% wool?


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