...with Ginny at Small Things.
I switched gears since last week and picked up a hot pad I had been making my mom, as it had been abandoned in the knitting bag (you know that feeling, right?). I enjoyed working on those little dish cloths and had even picked up some Sugar and Cream yarn at a reader's suggestion, but I had finished one side of one hot pad and the other side was almost finished on the needles, so I decided to finish them up to give my mom. I completed one and am on the second now.
I love these little hot pads -- they are quick to knit up, and they are really great at their job. Made with cotton yarn they are very flexible, so they grab the hot pans very well. With two layers they are very thick and protect one's hands very well. I don't use any batting in mine, I think the two layers of knitting are sufficient protection from the heat, just take care not to get them damp or you'll get a steam burn -- but that's the case with any hot pad.
For this particular set of pads, I cast on 43 stitches on a U.S. no. 7 needle, and stitched 42 rows in seed stitch. After binding off and creating another identical rectangle, I sewed them together using a running stitch just on the inside of the outer edge. This particular yarn is one of the Knit Picks Cotton yarns that I picked up on sale.
My book is one that Faith is reading to me. It is called Bernadette: The Little Girl from Lourdes by Magnificat. It is the sweet story of St. Bernadette enhanced with the most darling illustrations (at the link, click on "See a Page" to view three of the illustrated pages -- so sweet. The reading level is for a younger child, but like so many picture books, the story is great for a child Faith's age (nine), especially since she has such a fondness for St. Bernadette.
Join Ginny for more knitting and reading.