Stand together

So I have not been here in such a long time. It seems my work has blocked this site and I forget to go on at home and really hate typing on my phone. But atlast I do need to update on my latest and greatest completed project, the kitchen set.

I saw a great set on ravelry.com and thought what a wonderful idea for someone who has just gotten married or bought a house. And one of my good friends EKM just bought a house.

I have yet to see the house because it seems we have all been busy and I actually haven’t seen any of my friends in a while. Total boo and it really sucks! Maybe we should go out this weekend? I shall call later.

I digress. Okay the kitchen set on raverly consisted of 2 tea towels with hand crocheted edge, 2 potholders, and a scrubbie. I love the idea, but was not fond of the potholder pattern or the scrubbie, so me being me changed it up.

First, I made 2 lovely dishcloths from sugar n’ cream by lily in colorway peace and daisy ombrĂ©. They took about 1 skein of each. I used a knitted pattern from a booklet I have, kitchen colors by lily. I used pattern number 3, dishcloth 1. It is an angled knitting pattern, you begin by increasing then you decrease. It was actual quite simple and allowed me to practice my knitting skills. It was a simple garter stitch too. They turned out well and will work good as dishcloths, but I am not too happy with the colors. I am not sure they go with the rest of the set.

Dishcloths….

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There is a possibility that I will remake them before I actually give the set away.

Next I made the potholders. I used sugar n’ cream cotton in green, hot green, hot orange, yellow, red and mod blue. About 1 skein each. I used the fabulous African flower mandala potholder pattern. For these potholders I did use a G hook and they were a better size. Remember I had made before and they were kinda big. I used a simple picot edge on both of the potholders. And I changed out the back colors, one is yellow and one is orange.

Again, I love this potholders. I may make a set for mom, she could use some new potholders.

African flower mandala potholders…

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I would like to see them a bit more colorful, but EKM likes yellow and orange for her kitchen. I did add the blues and greens to go with the tea towels.

Finally, I made 2 lovely tea towels. I purchased about 1/3 yard of home decor fabric. I had to feel to make sure it would work as a tea towel. I believe it is a printed woven cotton, but not sure. I choose a kinda retro flower pattern with a background of lime green. They really didn’t have any yellow/ orange and this was the closest I got.

On a side note, I purchased this fabric from hobby lobby (a kinda craft chain store in my area) for $3.98. I had already purchased some fabric, but I decided against it, from Joann’s fabrics for about $15.00. Yes it was also 1/3 yard. So I have learned a valuable lesson: hobby lobby I’d cheaper for fabric. It is too bad they don’t have as much fabric as Joann’s.

Back to the tea towels. I cut them about 27 inches x 17 inches and hemmed the edges. I really just folded the fabric in half and cut it. Then I folded the sides to match. I measure somewhat but I usually just wing it. I used my machine for the hemming. Then I did a blanket stitch at each end of both towels with a sharp yarn needle and yarn. I also used lily sugar n’ cream yarn in yellow and hot orange. I then sc across, turned and did picot edge around. I chose this edge to match the potholders. I did do one towel edging in yellow and one in orange. It was nothing to fancy, but when completed it added just the right amount of something to the handmade towels.

Tea towels…

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Now for the whole set together…

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It turned out quite beautiful and I have ravelred it here.

What you have not heard of ravelry.com? You like to knit and crochet? You should totally check out and join. It is free online community for knitters and crocheters around the world. I have gotten some great inspiration from there and some great patterns as well. Also I have meet a few others like me. It seems there are a lot of us out there.

… later

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