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Green-striped washcloths: Husmor Marias kopptue

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Eid Mubarak! Yes, that was yesterday, but I am enjoying the long weekend. It was a public holiday here in Ghana. I am packing for an upcoming trip, starting a couple travel knitting projects (more dishcloths) rather than finishing the WIPs in my knitting basket. A few projects did get finished last year: These are the classic Norwegian Husmor Marias kopptue, also on Ravelry.

Project 4 (2017): Green-striped washcloths: Husmor Marias kopptue
Pattern: Husmor Marias kopptue
Yarn: Drops Loves You 5, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres (110 cream, 125 mint green)
Yarn: Drops Paris, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres.   (pale yellow 35)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: Drops Loves You 5: 110 cream, 125 mint green, Drops Paris pale yellow 35
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm
Stitches: 45
Knitted where: home in Accra
Final size: 22×24 each
Final weight: 52-53 gr each

I alternated stripes after each six rows of green.

In Norwegian: “Husmor Marias kopptue: Legg opp 49m på pinner 4.
1. Strikk 3r,1vr,3r,1vr osv avslutt med 1r. snu
2. strikk 3r,1vr,3r,1vr osv avslutt med 1r. snu
Fortsett slik til garnet er brukt opp.
Nå har du fått ei god og tykk tue, som er strikket helt lik på begge sider.”

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Pink birthday washcloth set

pink Kitchen Cotton Dishcloth

Knitted last year, but never posted: a pink washcloth set, knit as a birthday present. I never know if people actually enjoy getting knitted things as gifts: at least a washcloth is more likely to be used than the neck warmers I made, which my sister wore as a headband. Maybe an explanation would help. Or maybe they were slightly scratchy, and better off as a headband? Less room for confusion with washcloths, for sure!

Project 3 (2017): Kitchen Cotton Dishcloth
Pattern: Kitchen Cotton Dishcloth
Yarn: Drops Paris, 100% cotton 50gr = 75 metres.
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: pink 114 and dark pink (Drops Loves You 5 dark pink 127)
Difficulty for me: easy, I thought – until I miscounted…….
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm
Stitches: 46
Knitted where: Accra
Final size: 25x22cm
Final weight:

25-4=21, -4=15cm (should be 17 to be square, is 23 cm )
Row 1-6: 6 rows pink, row 7-8 dark pink 2r = 4cm // 15cm // 4cm, ending with pattern Row 2.

Should have been: 
Rows 1 and 2: Knit across all stitches.
 Rows 3 and 4: K 2, *K 1, P 1, repeat from * across to last 2 stitches, K 2. Repeat Rows 1 – 4 for pattern until piece measures approximately 9″ ending with pattern Row 2. 
Bind off all stitches in Knit.
 Weave in loose ends.

I started on the wrong row and so had to correct along the way. From my notes, what this actually was:
Row 1: PINK knit all
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Row 2: PINK K 2, *K 1, P 1, repeat from * across to last 2 stitches, K 2.
Row 3: PINK knit all
Row 4: PINK K 2, *K 1, P 1, repeat from * across to last 2 stitches, K 2.
Row 5: PINK K 2, *K 1, P 1, repeat from * across to last 2 stitches, K 2.
Row 6: PINK purl all
Row 7: DARK PINK knit all
Row 8: DARK PINK K 2, *K 1, P 1, repeat from * across to last 2 stitches, K 2.
Row 9: PINK knit all

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 for pattern until piece measures approximately 9″ ending with pattern Row 2. 
Bind off all stitches in Knit.
 Weave in loose ends.

I did like this pattern, even though I knitted it wrong! And it looks nothing like it should!

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Accra on AU Day 25 May: eerily quiet, as it was a public holiday. You can see the plastic water sachets littering the sidewalk, that is how many get drinking water on the go.

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Easter-striped washcloths

strukturklutThese are a couple Easter-coloured washcloths. Mindless knitting, but a bit more fun with stripes, and a good way to use up leftover  yarn. Just lots of loose edges to weave in! Accra is in the short rainy season, so it is not too hot and quite pleasant to knit some weekends on the balcony.

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Oxford Street in Accra: taxis, street vendors, billboards, banks: I have never seen a yarn shop here, though. Maybe some Chinese acrylic yarn in the markets, but my stash from Rome is holding up well so far.

Project 3 (2018): Easter-striped washcloths
Pattern: Sukkertøyklut from Silacruz
Yarn: Drops Loves You 5, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres (110 cream, 125 mint green)
Yarn: Drops Paris, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres.   (pale yellow 35)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: Drops Loves You 5: 110 cream, 125 mint green, Drops Paris pale yellow 35
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm
Stitches: 45
Knitted where: home in Accra
Final size: 22×24 each
Final weight: 52-53 gr each

From Silacruz: “Jeg la opp 51 masker med offwhite, og strikket *3 rett, 1 rett 1 vrang 1 rett* tilbake. (Gjenta fra * til* til tre masker gjenstår). Jeg avsluttet med 3 rett.”  

I used 45 stitches: *knit 3, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1*, repeat  * to *, and end with knit 3. Four rows of yellow, alternating with two rows of green and white. Use whatever colours you like. I made two, as a gift set.

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Spa Day washcloth: housewarming gift

Spa Day facecloth

Still knitting, despite the heat. Still in Accra; I’ve moved into a flatshare this year, to save money so I can commute back to Rome to see my husband once a month. The dust is settling after the flat move, and there is time again to knit. This will be a housewarming gift for a friend, and I knitted it last weekend while home alone and having an Alien trilogy binge, after the royal wedding. Great films but too scary to watch alone, normally, and knitting took the edge off the scarier parts.

Project 1 (2018): Spa Day washcloth
Pattern: Spa Day Facecloth (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Sirdar Summer Stripes (60% cotton, 40% acrylic), 50gr = 158 metres.
Yarn purchased: online in UK
Colour: 0309, sand-beige-green-blue
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm.
Stitches: 53
Knitted where: In Accra, while watching the Alien trilogy
Final size: 29×24 cm
Final weight: 32 grammes

This was easy enough. Maybe I knitted a bit loosely, but it is a nice washcloth.

This will be a housewarming gift, paired with a matching Dashed Stripe Facecloth.

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I now have four of these, so had better give some away soon! From left: Spa Day washcloth, Dashed Stripe Facecloth, Summer Textured Washcloth, and Ripple striped summer washcloth.

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Easter washcloths

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After moving to Accra, Ghana 14 months ago I have not been blogging. I have been knitting, though, despite the heat and the humidity. These are a couple Easter-coloured washcloths for my friend Mary, whose birthday it is tomorrow.

Project 2 (2017): Easter washcloths for Mary
Pattern: Sukkertøyklut from Silacruz
Yarn: Drops Loves You 5, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres (pale grey 112)
Yarn: Drops Paris, 100% cotton, 50gr = 75 metres.  Colors: pale yellow 35, 08 purple and 31 lilac
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: pale grey, 112 (base)
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm
Stitches: 45
Knitted where: home in Accra
Final size: 22×24 each
Final weight: 52-53 gr each

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The original pattern is in Norwegian: strikk fra vrangen, *tre rett, 1 vrang 1 rett og 1 vrang* tilbake, og avsluttet med tre rett. Alle pinnene er strikket rett fra retten, og som beskrevet over fra vrangen. Knit from the back: *knit three, then purl one, knit one, purl one* finish with knit three. All front side rows are knit all across, all back side rows are knitted in pattern. .Number of stitches should be divisible by six +3, I used 45.  (This is just for me to keep track of what I knitted! )

I used grey as base, four rows each time, alternating with two rows of yellow, purple or lilac. Each colour change starts on front side (all knit across).

It is simple knitting, just to use up some of my leftover cotton yarn. I shipped four boxes of wool and cotton yarn when we moved to Ghana, which was good, as it is hard to find here.  When I get tired of reading patterns, a simple project like this is nice.

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Grey Linen Barbro washcloth

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Project 1 (2017):  Grey Linen Barbro washcloth
Pattern: Disktrasan Barbro  (in Swedish)
Yarn: Drops Bomull-Lin, 50% cotton, 47% linen 50gr = 85 metres.
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: grey, 20
Difficulty for me: easy (I thought…until I messed up)
Needles: circular needles size 5 mm
Stitches: 49
Knitted where: at home in Accra
Final size: 24x30cm
Final weight: 50 grammes

It was my first time knitting with Drops Bomull-Lin, a cotton-linen mix. I only knitted five rows of dots, as the yarn was running out. All was going well until I was knitting the last last rows before the border, when I managed to reverse directions. Despite that, it will do nicely as a washcloth!

Notes: next time, smaller needles, I think, as it was a bit loose. Here it is, not yet blocked.

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Magenta Garbaklut washcloths

magenta GarbaklutFinally! Cooler weather! We just had a rainstorm, a welcome change. People are back from holidays, schools are starting, and cooking and knitting are both more enjoyable. I have various projects in my knitting basket, but sometimes I just feel like knitting something easy, like these Garbaklut washcloths. Good for holiday knitting where you need to be sociable (and drink wine) and chat without much stitch counting.

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Our neighbourhood Garbatella this afternoon, with rainstorm approaching.

Project 19 (2015): Magenta Garbaklut washcloths
Pattern: See below, Garbaklut.
Yarn: Drops Paris (100% cotton), 50gr = 75 metres.
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: magenta, 117
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm.
Knitted where: On holidays in Norway, August 2015
Final size: 23×20 cm
Final weight: 40-41 grammes each

I had already knitted several similar washcloths in Drops Paris, last one in grey, and I like the structure. This time I tried seed stitch for the border, and kept 44 stitches for the stitch count: three stitches for border, then the main pattern, then three stitches border again.

44 stitches overall:
ROW 1: Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then *knit 2 purl 2* repeated. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 2 Border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 Then *purl 2 knit 2* repeated, ending on border knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
ROW 3 and 4: Border: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1. Then knit across. Last three: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
magenta washclothsNot yet blocked, but I am happy with these. While I am not sure who these will be for, there is always a dinner invitation. Knitted washcloths are a nice change from a bottle of wine or the sourdough loaves I usually bring. I am not planning Christmas gifts yet; it looks like we are moving from Rome by November, which will be a massive upheaval, and we are still not sure where we will be by then. Lots to think about and sort out, though the move should be temporary. Many lists are being written, and I am sure this will be a good new adventure. Still, some easier knitting does help my ongoing worrying – and one thing that will be in the suitcases will be yarn and needles to get me through the first months!