Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Bibs and Baseball

I made it to Walmart yesterday. There weren't many colors to choose from but I did manage to come away with these:

I think this winter I need to take a photography class.

I already tore off one of the ball bands to look at the directions for the famous "ball band dishcloth" reprinted in Mason Dixon knits. 'Cos so far I don't get it. In the book and in everyone's pictures it looks like the slipped stitches are in one color and the body of the dishcloth the other. But the directions don't read as such. I guess I'll just have to knit one to see how it works.

I started knitting another bib out of the Peaches & Cream during my son's final baseball game of the season. Had they won, it would not have been the last game but they lost so they are done for the season. The winning team from last night's game had to travel to Wisconsin to play tonight so we are all pretty okay with the loss. My 9 year old knitting pal Corey really loved the colors of the Peaches & Cream and wants to start a dishcloth of his own for his mom. So tonight I'm bringing one of the balls and some spare needles up to the park for him.

The Walmart near my work was not quite as scary (although the check out kid was pretty heavily tatooed) as the one up on this side of town. I did have to search to find the yarn but I got in and out in less time than expected. Yesterday's scary part was playing ball in the 'hood. The game was at 8:15 in a neighborhood that is pretty notorious here in Minneapolis. Luckily we only saw a couple of very scary characters and all went well. People traveling from the southern suburbs to our tourney probably think the same thing, I live in the unfashionable area. Dangerous is 25 blocks south of me, old town BC is just unfashionable, not scary.

That's all I have. I'm drinking leftover coffee as I woke up and remembered I was out of coffee. So, I haven't had enough coffee to be clever or funny. Maybe tomorrow after a trip to the Caribou. I need caffeine to be clever or funny. I'm going to go find me some right now!


Knittymama said...

I met someone at a wedding once who said she won't go north of 494 because it was "really dangerous." Think she lived in Shakopee. That cracked me up, 'cause you know those Edina people, they're notorious!

I'm guessing your ball game was in the same neighborhood I used to teach in for 7 years. Hubby hated that I worked there, but amazingly we only had a couple of scary incidents. Most were sad, like parents coming to their kids conference all whacked out on something.

Crafty Planet is at Stintson and Lowry. Super cute place, not a huge yarn section as they have fabric and embroidery stuff too... lots of funky stuff!

Beth said...

I tried making the ball band dishcloth from the directions on the label. Something wasn't right about it, but I can't remember what. I also couldn't decided whether to cut the yarn at the color changes or carry the "old" color up the side.

I'm not sure why, but our WalMart has the dishcloth cotton in a different place than the other yarn. I like the colors you've chosen!

renee said...

The pattern in MDK does have you use two different colors of yarn. The dishclothes in MDK are actually shown using 3 different colors of yarn. But I've seen the one color ones and they look nice too.

Tygher Knits said...

I'm glad the trip to Wal*Mart wasn't as bad as you feared! Pretty colors! But I'm still more fond of the Sugar 'n Cream ones .. probably cos I can't get those colors at my Wal*Mart.

sydney said...

Those will be nice colors for bibs! I had trouble wrapping my brain around the dishcloth instructions the first time I read them. For some reason, it took a couple of reads before I found where the color changes were.

Chris said...

I'm glad you survived your trip to get supplies!! My suburban coworkers all think that my Wedge condo is located deep in the 'hood....

Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

You poor thing....must ALWAYS keep one of those tiny bags of coffee on hand for your emergency stash!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one having a problem with the dishcloth! I have tried twice and both times the same result!

Sorry about the baseball loss!!

Lisa said...

Hi Kate,
I've made a ton of the dishcloths. Keep in mind that the color changes are always on only one "side" , not meaning front/back as a "side" but the side where each row starts. And you do NOT cut your yarn at the color changes, you just carry them up along the side,as you go along. It was a help to me to write on a peice of paper #s 1-12 which is how many rows there are to the repeat. Now, I also wrote either a "k" or a "p" above each number so I would know if on that row I was knitting it or purling it. You are right,your slip stitches are the "background color" and the rest is the foreground /stripes color. I also wrote THAT down(i.e. Blue main, green contrast) for each cloth I made up til the third cloth and by then I got the pattern down to memory. Your raised stripes or "bricks" will all be on the front of the cloth. So, go for whatever aids you need, you will become addicted, so there is your warning!

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