this knifty knitting is ADDICTIVE. last night i made a little kitchen set, they are prototypes and i have some kinks to work out but basically i think i'm on to something workable. the first was this "knifty" little pot scrubber made from nylon yarn used for plastic canvas projects. the pattern couldn't be simpler: on the blue loom, using two strands of yarn, e-wrap and knit 15 rows, making sure to leave at least a 12" tail on the holding peg. cast off using the gathering method, gather the cast off end and tie. then using the long tail from the holding peg, gather the cast on edge and tie. hide yarn tails, and you're done! i made two while nursing ella and watching an episode of "blue's clues".
the other thing i made was a kitchen towel topper, which pattern i have to refine but this one at least shows the idea i'm working with. i folded the top hem of the towel to the back then i sewed a running stitch across the top of the towel, using a tapestry needle and one strand of cotton yarn:
word to the wise #1: when choosing the towel you will use, look for one that has large or loose weave so the yarn can pass easily when you make your running stitch. huck towelling is great, so is monk's cloth. the towel i used was one i got at the dollar store, and i had the ball of yarn and the button, so basically this was a free experiment.
then i put the towel on the blue loom using the running stitches as the cast on row:
from there, i used two strands of yarn and started e-wrapping and knitting as usual until the topper was about 3" long. then i made a decrease on the beginning and end of each row until i was down to just 3 stitches which would become the tab for buttoning the topper to my oven door handle:
at which point i realized that when i folded down the tab, the back of the knitting would show, so i turned the work by moving the loop on peg 1 to peg 5, and the loop on peg 2 to peg 4(essentially the third peg was the pivot point):
when turning, you have to be careful to move the working yarn back into the center of the loom.
i continued knitting these three pegs until i got a tab long enough to go around the handle of my oven door. i used the flat panel bind off method, leaving a long tail which i crocheted into a loop. i stitched on a button and it was all done!
folded and buttoned:
word to the wise #2: choose a button that has holes big enough for your yarn to pass thru--and make a pretty big yarn shank when you sew it on. :)
this the towel topper took less than an hour to make, once i figured out the little details. this little kitchen set is probably going to be on my list of quick and easy hostess gifts. i guess now i'll be compelled to figure out how to make one of those tacky little dresses for the dishwashing liquid bottle. :)
and lest we forget: for the SRC i'll take 10 points for materials, and 100 points for selflessly offering up one of my kitchen towels for lab testing.