Thursday, August 6, 2009

Gift knitting

I'm in a little bit of a cross stitch slump, but never fear, I have my knitting! I guess that's the good thing about having more than one hobby??? Sometimes, it's a good thing to have a spare gift or two squirreled away for those dates that sneak up on me.


A couple of generously sized cotton washcloths......they're 10 1/2 inches square and these are not for the dishes, lol! And a couple bars of heavenly-scented, 100% organic soaps from France.


These knit up pretty quickly, I mean, as far as handmade gifts go. Maybe I'll get a head start on Christmas gifts. Or birthday gifts......strangely enough, the majority of my friends have birthdays in Nov and Dec.

Wedding Washcloths freebie
by the Purl Bee found here
yarn: Sugar and Cream cotton, ecru and white
needles: size 8


This is obviously not the yarn nor needles recommended in the pattern. I have big cones of Sugar and Cream, so I just used that. I cast on 45 stitches and only did the first and last 4 rows in seed stitch (instead of 7 as the pattern is written.) I like the generous size of these, and think they're perfect for gifts.

Now, I'm off to move the laundry around and knit some more gifts. Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods!


25 comments:

Kim B said...

You are so creative! Anyone I know would love to receive this as a gift!

Marjorie said...

Great gift! I wish I could knit but all that knit 1 purl 2 stuff is incomprehensible to me.

Hannah said...

They are gorgeous, Staci. I really wish I knew how to knit. How did you learn?

Vonna said...

How very lovely :) And so tasteful, for a minute there before I started reading, I thought you were now making your own soap too! Will that be next?! :)

Anonymous said...

I love them! And, my birthday is in November! lol
Seriously, let us know if you ever start selling those. (I know...too much work involved for profit..but just in case!) Terry in Arlington

Carol R said...

Great gifts Staci - some lucky birthday girls out there!

Patti said...

Wonderful gifts - just wonderful. Love them to pieces and I think I could even knit these without a problem. Lots of Love Patti xxx

tkdquintmom said...

Ack! I wish I knew how to knit!!! I can smell the soap from here.

Missy Ann said...

Very pretty, they would make a lovely gift... for someone like me. ;)

Melissa said...

These are great gifts! They would make lovely Christmas pressies too.

I love that salem stitch you did!

Tammy said...

Those are GREAT!

Cathy B said...

Knit to your hearts content! I think that those washcloths and the pretty soaps make a fabulous gift!

Brigitte said...

Those washcloths together with the soaps make wonderful gifts I think.

Nic said...

What a sweet gift set!

It is good when you have a couple of hobbies to ring the changes. I'm in a major knitting phase at the moment, although I think that's because RL friends are knitters, not stitchers.

Harmien said...

Great gifts, Staci!! You just made me want to pick up my knitting needles again!

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Pretty cute and adorable collections.thanks a lot for sharing.

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Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Soap and cloth never looked so gentle and lovely.... :] Hugs, Deb

Jennifer said...

These make wonderful gifts!
I just love it!!!!
Wish I was this talented to do knitting and create beautiful work.....

Jennifer
http://www.feathersinthenest.blogspot.com

doris said...

Oh, goody! I think that even I could knit these. They wouldn't look like yours, but it'd be good practice. What a great gift.

Paula C. said...

These are beautiful! I printed out the pattern for them and also sent the info to my mil who is always making gifts. Now I just need to find some yummy soaps to put with them. You always have such good ideas!

Theresa said...

That's so clever!! It think they make perfect gifts~~~~

Anonymous said...

that's a great thing, I did several too, of course mine look...weird... I'm not gifted for knitting ! but they are simple and useful the way they are LOL
I wish you were not living so far, I would have kidnap you for you teach me how to knit socks. I'm a desperate case LOL
I tried to send you an email, but my mail box act like crazy, I couldn't access your blog... and finally a friend who had the same troubles suggested me to subscribe to bloglines, and tada, now I can come, and even leave a message. A taste of Paradise LOL
Hugs++++
Arcadia

Julie said...

Lovely gift, its so nice to send or receive a handmade gift.

Kajsa said...

Nice!! They look great! Thanks for posting the link to the pattern.

Terri said...

I love your gift ideas! I don't knit, but I do crochet and the crochet basketweave stitch is one of my favorite stitches! I may have to 'borrow' your idea!
Love your blog! I will be following it!

Terri