Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Sublime Ridiculous

Having fun is not translating into beautiful knitting for me this year. I've had a couple of flops this year, and oh look! I've made another.

Pattern: Pale but Proud, Knitters 1992
Yarn: Bernat Soy Naturals
Needles: 5mm

Yes, I had fun knitting it. If it's only about process, then this project was a success. But I do like to have a nice product too. Excited at the prospect of knitting this pattern, I took a moment last weekend to pick up some yarn from Michaels. I wanted something with natural fibers, that would look slightly elegant. I must have been tired because I chose entirely the wrong yarn for this project.

Soy fibers felt, so I can never use it as a wash cloth. It's too clunky too look elegant.

In my enthusiasm I thought I'd make two cloths so I bought two balls of the yarn, in different colors. But one ball wasn't enough to make even one cloth, and since I already knew this project was a dud, I just carried on with the other ball. I think it gives it an old fashioned, country styling that just isn't my cup of tea.

The cloth fits nice over the stool we keep by the phone. Oh, the phone's ringing. Grandma called, and she wants her doily back.

The stool does show off the pattern nicely.

What else could I do with this thing? It's not a dog coat.

It's not a hat.

Any one want a piece of ridiculous knitting? Free to a good home.


  1. LOVE IT! I cannot tell you how many times I've done the same thing (and not brave enough to blog about it)
    Its all about the process and learning something new, right?

    now if I could get my hands on that pattern... !!lol

  2. That's too funny. I guess it's too big for a dish rag? Otherwise, I have no suggestions, but I bet it was fun to knit. At least it was worth it then.

  3. Awww, don't be so hard on the poor thing! I think it makes an *adorable* cover on the stool! It's not it's fault that you chose feltable yarn. ;)

  4. Is it thick enough to use as a hot pad (or whatever you call the pads you put under a hot bowl on the table.)

    I think it's a gorgeous pattern, Grandma's or not ;o)

  5. I love the pattern, too, and I thought it looked pretty smashing as a stool cover (and I liked the hat look, too). If it needs a home, the Cobbler use could display it quite nicely =) But I think it goes quite well with your decor, also

  6. Hi! i have made several of these in Mandarin Petit (a thin cotton) and given them as wedding shower gifts along with a nice bar of soap (to the bride - one of those "pamper yourself" sort of things). It was a lot of fun to knit - watching it take shape was an absolute hoot. Maybe it would make a nice cushion cover (with a dark color under it)? It looks nice on the stool top but that is probably not a practical place for something white.

    I am sure you will think of something.

  7. Laurie you're hilarious! I dare you to wear it as a hat to the next Forest City Knit gathering {LOL}.

  8. That's funny. It would be nice on the table as a hot pad maybe? To protect your table from a hot platter with turkey on it? I bet I could put it to use ... but I do like the way it looks on the stool. ;-)

  9. Hey! That's perfect! I love it. I'd gladly take it off your hands but if not....the pattern is in Knitters 92?