Pattern: Right Angles Dishcloth by Dilys Sutherland
Yarn: Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co. Peaches & Creme Ombres (100% cotton), colorway Pink Lemonade
Needles: U.S. 8 Signature straights
Pattern: Little Tuffys by Adrienne Medrano
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Worsted (100% organic cotton), colorways Malted Milk and Ginger
Needles: U.S. 10.5 wood straights
How fast can yarn turn into fabric? Does the speed change if the needles are traveling through bright color or natural shades? What physical laws govern the transformation of plant fiber into tough, scrubby, irresistible texture itching to be held in the hands and used in daily tasks?
The mitered square is knitting turned architecture. Start with any odd number of stitches, work a double-decrease on the middle 3 stitches every other row. Watch the fabric rotate itself around a diagonal axis into a perfect square. Add streaks of variegated color, and the ninety-degree angle of the garter ridges leaves an indelible impression.
One ball each of four organic shades of Simply Cotton Worsted has lasted me through a huge market bag and four full-sized washcloths before finally petering it in this double-thick mini-cloth, knit in moss stitch with what was left of two of the colors held together. If you can cobble together 40 yards of yarn from whatever bits and pieces you have lying around, you can make a scrubber that fits perfectly in the hand and looks great on the counter.
Craft takes time. We knitters think of an item that takes only five or six hours of work as lightning quick. But sometimes, our scale of time is the same as the outside worlds. Before you know it, yarn becomes more than it ever imagined. And you realize that creation is possible on anybody’s schedule.