Saturday, March 31, 2012

Prettier (But Still Super Easy) Knitted Dishcloth Tutorial

Hey fellow knitting newbies, ready for something a bit more interesting and attractive than the Absolute Beginner's First Knitted Dishcloth? This Prettier Knitted Dishcloth is still super easy and appropriate for beginners, but you'll get to learn a few new tricks AND it looks way nicer than the boring back-and-forth first one we did.

Thanks to Beth at the chiropractor who not only first got me into knitting, but also showed me this fun pattern!

Here's what you need:

*A ball of Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn (you'll be able to make at least 2 dishcloths out of one ball)
*A pair of #7 knitting needles: as I explain in the first video, you might want to have both 9" and 13" needles
*Scissors and a yarn needle for finishing off
*The pattern...since it's not the same thing over and over like our first dishcloth, it's nice to have as a reference just to double-check yourself

Prettier Knitted Dishcloth Pattern

1. Cast on 4 (remember, the slipknot counts as 1)
2. Knit 1 row
3. Next row: knit 2, yarn over, knit 2
4. Next row: knit 2, yarn over, knit to end of row
5. Continue step 4 until there are 45 stitches on needle
6. Next row: knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row
7. Continue step 6 until there are 5 stitches left on the needle
8. Next row: knit 2, knit 2 together, knit 1
9. Cast off 4 stitches
10: Cut yarn and weave in ends

Let's get started! 

If you need a review on tying a slipknot and casting on or how to knit stitch, go ahead a take a minute to view the videos linked in this sentence.

This video will get you from the slipknot to the halfway mark of the dishcloth. You'll learn how to increase, or add a stitch to each new row, which is how we start from a corner and knit diagonally.

Here's mine after a few minutes. See the pretty border made by yarning over?

As you keep increasing, your 9" needles might start to feel a bit too short for holding all those stitches. In this video, I show you how to switch out to longer needles.

Once you've got 45 stitches on the needle, woohoo, you're halfway there! Now it's time to decrease. Watch below.

Just to emphasize that it's perfectly fine if you make mistakes, here's some proof of my knitting fallibility.

Finally, when you've got 5 stitches left on the needle, it's time to cast off and finish the dishcloth.

Aaaaaaand, voilà! I love making these in bright colors, they're so cheery and make me feel like my new granny pastime is somehow hip and cool.

So, how'd you do? Give it a go, then come back and tell me about it!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Someday Project: Greenhouse from Salvaged Windows

Last weekend, we went to a salvage sale in nearby Binghamton, NY. They had tons of doors, pillars, molding, and a big collection of windows, all beautifully junky and shabby in the style I LOVE. 

Future baby (plant) makers
The huge collection of salvaged windows priced at just a few bucks each got me and Tomasi thinking...GREENHOUSE! We've always said we'd love to have a greenhouse once we have our own place, but I've heard they can be pretty pricey. The salvage place had a lookbook of projects made from salvaged materials, and one that really caught our eye was made from a hodgepodge of mismatched old windows. Way cheaper than a kit, and (ding, ding, ding!) good for Mother Earth! 

Tomás is handy enough that I know he'll be able to put together one of these babies once we have our little homestead. In the meantime, here's some awesome inspiration I found by searching on Google and Pinterest.

Seattle Tall Poppy

Better Homes & Gardens

Sustain Lane

Better Homes & Gardens

Green Home Building

Country Living/Donna Griffith
Speaking of Pinterest, I started a greenhouse love pinboard to keep track of my inspiration for this someday project. You can follow my board here.

Oh, and if you live in the area and want to check out that salvage sale, there's info here.

Anybody out there have a salvaged materials greenhouse? Comment and inspire me!