WIP: Absorba the Great

Absorba the Great

Absorba, the Great Bathmat, v2.0

Mason Dixon Knitting is one of my favorite knitting books. I love almost all of their non-clothing patterns, in both books. This project, Absorba, the Great Bathmat, is one of my all time favorites – it’s right up there with the Ballband Warshrags. I knitted one of these about 6 years ago, I think. Recently it had to be retired because the cats had finally destroyed it.

Peache & Creme & Absorba

Peaches & Creme & Absorba

Great timing though – I had just ordered more Peaches & Creme double worsted cotton yarn from Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co. Who, by the way, are the absolute nicest people EVER. Seriously. Their customer services is amazing! So, I figured now was as good a time as any to get to work on a few rugs and a bathmat for the apartment. As you can see, the cones of yarn are HUGE and will make many many many rugs.

This bathmat ends up sooo squishy and soft that I want to make a few for the bedroom, too.

Absorba, close-up

Absorba, close-up

The rug is knit on large needles with double worsted weight cotton held triple stranded. All that means this that this rug knits up super fast. And I LOVE log cabin knitting, the fewer ends to sew in the happier I am!

Goodale progress

As part of my Spring/Summer wardrobe I decided to knit the Goodale cardigan.

There’s a lot to love about this pattern (check out the Ravelry page for tons of super cute versions!). The front folds over and forms my favorite design element: pockets! Also, buttons! The I-cord trim is a nice touch, too. And it’s really, really, really fast to knit.

I chose Knit Picks CotLin yarn in Whisker with which to knit it. Cotton and linen sounded like the perfect Spring/Summer yarn. The pattern requires about 7 balls of this yarn, and at $2.79/ball, that comes out to under $20. That’s my kind of knitting project!

Goodale Cardigan

Goodale cardigan, almost finished with the body!

I’m almost finished with the body and then I have the sleeves and the pockets to sew down. One more item for Me-Made-June! Yay!

I’ve knit the body longer than the pattern said to and I still think it needs a bit more length.

Goodale cardigan front

Goodale cardigan on me. Weird angle, huh? I need a tripod or a husband to help.

I’m trying to talk myself out of knitting this again in Canary, or Surf, or Moroccan Red.

This will be my first sweater since the Pirate sweater that was knit whilst sailing on my Uncle Harry’s boat in the Puget Sound one summer.