Wednesday, June 10, 2015

knitting and reading

I started another washcloth!  I am actually really enjoying this short spurt of washcloth knitting right now.

It is satisfying to have such a small project to work on, and complete them easily.  Plus, it helps that I get to try out cute little patterns to see what I like.

I have an enormous amount of cotton yarn in my stash, and when I saw this off white cotton I knew it needed a pretty pattern that would stand out.  I am loving chevron right now, and decided that would be perfect for a pretty little washcloth!

Most of my patterns come from my mom's Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework - which I confiscated from her home several years ago (along with the Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening).  It is my go to source for cute patterns for knitting a scarf or washcloth, or for whatever else I think I need a cute pattern for.  Her versions are from the 70's and I don't know if they have updated versions or not, but I love to look through these older books, they have so much interesting information!

As far as reading goes, I have been reading Living Well, Spending Less, which I am enjoying immensely!  It is amazing how much culture has changed over the past 20 years or so.  Now we are living in such an instant gratification society, not waiting for anything, thinking that it is normal to have car payments, student loans and credit card bills.  No one saves money anymore because it seems like you have bills enough to match your income!  

We are a one income family, which is definitely challenging, so any encouragement to be content with less and utilize the money we have is always welcome in my home.  I love to be able to find ways to make do with less, and finding deals on things that we do need.  I definitely recommend it!

What are you working on this week?  Do you have any simple living tips to share?

21 comments:

  1. Wash clothes are really great to knit in-between projects or when you just cannot face a big project. Those are the times when I knit up a whole lot to keep my kitchen well stocked! Your book sounds fab - just down my street, I'm going to check it out.

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    1. I figured since my kids really only let me knit a few rows at a time, this would be the most satisfying project for a while. Plus, in the summer I have a hard time thinking about the inevitable cold weather that will be coming in the fall - even though I really need all those summer months to get all of my hats and mittens knit for the cold season!

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  2. Your washcloth is very pretty Heather. I really should cast on a few dozen for my home, I made a bunch last year, but gave most away.
    Your book just went on my list, it sounds right up my alley!

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    1. My plan is to make enough to give as gifts for Christmas, we shall see how many I get through :-)

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  3. I am doing a dish cloth this week also. I have read that book before, very good.

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  4. Your knitted wash cloth looks more intricate than any I have in my kitchen. I love the pattern you are using. We often barter to save money! We make our own maple syrup and it is great to use for bartering because everyone loves syrup! :) One time, I bartered knitting for German lessons for my son! We homeschool and a local German friend wanted me to knit sweaters for her little one, so she would teach German while I knit.

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    1. I love the idea of barter, but have no idea how to go about doing it! I think trading knitting for German lessons is amazing!! A co-op recently opened up in our little city, so I am hoping I can meet some people who do barter, maybe I can learn a few things.

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  5. What a lovely stitch pattern to see! It must be a joy to make these smaller items!

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    1. It has been a lot of fun, and actually getting through them quickly has been wonderful!

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  6. A beautiful pattern for a wash cloth, I crochet them to make little gifts and pop a hand made soap on top tied with a ribbon.

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    1. Handmade soap is something I have on my "one day" list of learning goals. I do think it would make a wonderful gift!

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  7. So that's where my books are! :). Enjoy -the pattern is cute!

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    1. yes...yes...I took them...thanks mom!

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  8. I really like that pattern. It would look great in a blanket too!

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    1. I thought a blanket when I saw this pattern! But, then I realized that it would probably take me 5 years to knit a blanket, and went with the much smaller washcloth ;-) Although, perhaps Emma needs a blanket for one of her dolls, I think I could handle that!

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  9. Love the zigzag pattern! I love the older magazines, especially my old British Stitchcraft magazines. I am really enjoying my journey, crafting through them all. I will have to look for that book at my library.

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  10. Love the zigzag pattern! I love the older magazines, especially my old British Stitchcraft magazines. I am really enjoying my journey, crafting through them all. I will have to look for that book at my library.

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  11. i love the colour and pattern of your washcloths - and i must look up your title, we are trying to live that philosophy around here- so it's always great to find inspirational reading .

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  12. i love the colour and pattern of your washcloths - and i must look up your title, we are trying to live that philosophy around here- so it's always great to find inspirational reading .

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  13. My Mom used to make those. I was pretty crafty myself, back before I found the Internet! Not so much now. These days, I can barely find time to SLEEP. For example, I've been trying to make some incredibly simple curtains for about four months straight. Definitely need a more simplified life.

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