Yep, more Amy Marie Vold cloths

These are Amy Marie Vold’s a/k/a Ravelry’s CornucopiAmy’s Fresh Knit Apple dishcloths. I knit mine in DROPS Paris. Most of my cloths are gifted to friends and family. These made me want to keep a few for myself.

First up is a nice red Delicious Apple.

This one’s a Golden Delicious, I think.

Possibly, a Fuji.

And, here’s a Granny Smith.

These easy slip-stitch cloths are tons of fun to knit. If you’ve not tried this technique before, Vold’s instructions are clear and there are many videos on the web that teach the technique as well. It’s also known as mosaic knitting. Better yet? Have a friend show you, once, and that’s all you’ll need to be off to knit your own.

If not apples, how about a Cloverleaf Cloth?

No? Then move to the animal kingdom for “Some Bunny to Do the Dishes.”

No? Care to try a farmyard animal? Here’s “Pig Pen’s Kitchen and Spa Cloth.”

My Piggy is sort of hiding in the spring grass. But you’ll make a better color choice and your piggy will pop.

Looking for an edgier cloth? “Along Came a Spider” could be just the ticket.

I think this next one is a Brown Recluse.

From edgy to a bit cartoony. The next set is “Window Patrol Cat Coasters.” I’ve got a “Go Blue” Michigan Wolverine colorway going, because that’s all the DK weight I had in my stash at the time and I live in Michigan so it’s forgiven. These cats are definitely eyeing that little yellow birdie.

There are a lot of major and splashy talents in the knitting universe. In the smaller knitting world of dishcloths, Vold stands out.

Happy knitterly holidays

This is Steve’s photo of the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse near Rogers City, Michigan. The friends of the lighthouse have done a great job of restoring it, inside and out. It’s our bicycle-season destination at the end of the great path that runs from Rogers City, along the shores of Lake Huron. Happy holidays!

I don’t usually mix knitting posts and “up north” posts, but tonight is a night for an exception.

Happy Hanukkah! Evelyn will look so cute celebrating in her Dreidel hat.

Yep, it’s another DMC Top This kit. These kits are finish-in-an-evening hats, with lots of wow factor for the little ones.

Pine trees don’t necessarily shout Christmas, especially if they’re knit into coasters in non-Christmas colors.

Oh, well. Even non-traditional tree coasters shout Christmas if a miniature Santa sweater is included. (No, that’s not a hand-knit.)

And how did Susan Weir’s Knitted Tomten sneak in among these non-traditional tree coasters? As explained here, he’s ferociously provokable on some rather odd points of etiquette.

These DK-weight coasters are Amy Marie Vold’s new slip stitch pattern: Tree Coasters. I knit the set my Tomten is eyeing in Drops Muscat.

They are quite addicting to knit. Here’s my Knit Picks Cotlin set, a 70% cotton, 30% linen DK weight.

Whatever’s your reason to celebrate, including hopefully the University of Michigan at the Orange Bowll, best wishes to you.

Dishcloth critters

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This is “Who Owl Help Cook & Clean,” another slip stitch dishcloth pattern by Amy Marie Vold (CornucopiAmy on Ravelry). I knit this pair in Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream.

What a hoot!  Here’s a closer look.

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Amy’s mosaic cloths are such fun to knit that I find I can rarely knit just one. And I do much enjoy doing them in pairs, switching the colors.

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“Frog Prince of the Pad” is another of Amy’s patterns. And again I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream.

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These make excellent dishcloths. A number of little ones in my vicinity like to use them at bathtime too. I didn’t quite have enough yarn for a second one, since I’d started with less than full skeins. So this Frog Prince is knit in Knit Picks Dishie. Dishie makes for a slightly more refined look. Well, if a dishcloth frog can ever be even slightly refined.

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My cloths have been hooting, ribbiting, and now comes the purring. This is a pair of “PurrPETual Domestic Supervisors,” another of Amy’s patterns.

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These lovelies are knit in Knit Picks Dishie.

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Why dishcloths? What ever possesses a knitter to knit dishcloths? This subject has come up before on my blog. They are quick knits. They are useful. My family likes to accept them from me. And combine all that with these clever slip stitch/mosaic patterns…at times I simply get addicted to them.

Good thing that the knitting universe is big enough to accept all manner of knits and all kinds of knitters.

Forest for the trees towel

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This is Amy Marie Vold’s new pattern, “Forest for the Trees Towel.” It’s meant to commemorate the centennial celebration of the National Park Service. The Service was created by the joint efforts of lots of folks, even though President Teddy Roosevelt is who we mostly remember. Yep. August 25,1916 was the big day. We have commemorative coins this year and we have Amy Marie’s pattern. I know which will be more fun for me.

The pattern provides lots of knitters’ choice. Amy Marie charts and gives line-by-line directions for six slip stitch tree motifs. The knitter chooses which to knit and in what order. I selected four of the six for my towel.

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I used Knit Picks Dishie in the Kenai and Swan colorway and ended up with a 25 by 12 inch towel. Dishie isn’t as beefy as the Sugar ‘r Cream the pattern calls for. There would have been more width with an Aran weight kitchen cotton.

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Ever since completing this piece, as one of Amy Marie’s test knitters, I’ve been daydreaming about putting the pattern on steroids and knitting a slip stitch throw for the cottage. You couldn’t get too much more “up north” than snuggling up under that on a chilly evening.