Thursday, September 21, 2006

driven to abstraction

i've been knitting these baby sets for what seems like forever and was really starting to miss my hooks, so i put the needles aside and made this:


yes, another doily. i think this one is my most favorite so far...although i seem to think that about every doily i make, so take no notice...cee is befuddled as to where they will all go, as he said i've made about 10 so far and by no means do we have 10 tables, or 10 end tables, or 10 coffee tables, or even 10 surfaces where you would think a doily might appropriately go, but does this stop the doily addict i seem to have become? the answer would plainly be no. this is a free pattern on the celtwich site for anyone interested--you can find the link on the crochet pattern central site, the name of it is 'pink pinapple'...no, your eyes aren't fooling you, this doily is not pink, but the one on the site is. the picture is smallish because this is a large doily, in fact i think it qualifies as a table topper, whatever that means. the specs in the pattern say the finished product should be around 16 1/2 inches, but i'm sure they used a smaller thread than i, because this one is around 25-27 inches in diameter.

'not more dishcloths?!'

dishcloths...what the heck does anyone need eleven million dishcloths for anyways? yes, a slight exaggeration, but still they do pile up...i usually end up giving most of them away, so that is why i think it's perfectly alright to make them by the truckload. i have fallen in extreme like with the ball band dishcloth from the mason dixon knitting book...here is yet another example of how i will look at something, think 'oh wow, that's really neat, but i bet it will be way too hard for me to do' and then when i try it, i end up smacking myself in the forehead because not only can i do it, but it's easy peasy lemon squeezy. i can see myself making a lot of these:



extreme closeup, zoom in on this!!!

even cee liked this pattern, although he thinks it's a lot of bother for just a dishcloth, he thought I was making a sweater or something...now i know what you're thinking...that would be one 'busy' sweater...and you'd be right.



drumroll please.........and 'ta-da'!!

knuck, the second is finished!! now comes the terrifying part...the (muffle gag reflex) embroidery....must come up with witty and/or funny, yet irreverent things to embroider on the knucks...or just leave them the way they are...can't decide. i must say the second went much smoother than the first. i didn't grind my teeth once, which is always nice.

11 comments:

Vik said...

Hi Kiki! Your new doily is spectacular! I admire you, my friend!
So we share the dishcloth-mania! I love these ones! I would like to have the pattern, I mean I´ve never tried that stitch, it´s very pretty!
About the knucks, I can´t wait to see what final touch you´ll add! ;)

Jess said...

Your knucks look awesome, as does your doily. I'd one day like to crochet well enough to do doilies and all that. The little old lady in my loves them!

As for the embroidery, I am a fan of KNIT THIS, FELT THIS, OMG? WTF?, and S1K1 PSSO. (from the list on the knitty page) Although one of my friends has "GAME OVER" on his knucles, and that pretty much rules. I have a group of friends who give each other fake knuckle tatts on a weekly basis, so I have a huge list of these in my head.

Susana said...

Your doily looks great and the dishcloths are much too pretty to do anything with.

Joni said...

Hooryay for you on the Knucks! They look perfect. :)

cupcake said...

The doily is lovely it reminds me of one my mum made years back. Such a pretty traditional pattern. The knitted dishclothes are also pretty cool. I used a pattern like this on a little cardigan I made my son when he was little. It is such an effective stitch.

maggie said...

Those are the prettiest dishcloths I have ever seen! Would love to find that pattern and give those a try.

kay said...

Wow! Thanks everyone for the great comments! :) Vik, Maggie, you can find the pattern in the Mason Dixon Knitting book, which is probably available at the library...there's some really cool other patterns in that book along with the ball band dishcloth! That pattern is so simple I had it memorized in no time!

Jess, what great suggestions for the knucks! I wish I could think up witty things like that! I love the omg? wtf? and the k1p1 psso is too fitting, or should it be ssk, considering the pattern, lol. Thanks Joni for saying they look perfect! :)

Cupcake, That doily pattern was from the '50's, so that could be why it reminds you of older patterns.

Susana you are too kind! Do you think I could use that excuse that they are too pretty to do anything with to get out of hand washing dishes?

Fleece said...

That doily is amazing.....

kay said...

Hello Fleece! Thank you for the compliment :) This is my favorite doily still of all the doilies I've made.

Sônia Maria said...

Hi Kiki!
Your blog is very beautiful...
They look is perfect...
Your blog is in my bogroll...
I am a brazilian woman...
Sorry, i dont speak english very well...
Hugs for you...
Sônia Maria
www.falandodecrochet.blogspot.com

kay said...

Hello Sonia Maria! Thanks so much for visiting and for saying all the nice things!