Friday, August 11, 2006

secret project

I'm sort of working on a secret project at the moment which I can't unveil so you'll have to bear with me.

I can tell you however that when Ro came up last weekend we went to Coldspring Mill in Cullingworth. I bought some secret yarn for my secret project as well as some cotton and a skein of what looks like Maya in shades of green. Ro bought shedloads of Noro of various varieties and some scrummy dark red mohair.

I've been strangely drawn to the idea of knitting dishcloths recently (don't ask me why, I don't use them much!), I'm intrigued by their popularity in the US. I thought they'd make good gifts as facecloths if combined with some nice smelly type stuff like SUMA handmade soaps and such.

I'd been trying to get hold of the cotton for knitting them "Sugar and cream" but it only seems to be available in the US. I was quite pleased then to see the five balls of variegated 100% cotton at Coldspring so I snapped them up and knitted my first facecloth on Saturday afternoon. It's called Grandmother's favourite dishcloth and the pattern is from the Dishcloths Boutique.

On Sunday we went for a walk round Scammonden Reservoir . I downloaded a description and map of the Walk from the Yorkshire Water website. It said that the walk was 4 miles which seemed a reasonable distance for the congenitally unfit. It also said that it was fairly flat, which when you consider that we started on the ridge above the reservoir on the far side on the first picture walked along the waterside and then ended up where the picture was taken from is just downright rubbish!!!!

Still it was a pleasant walk if a little more adventurous than I would have expected. The path sort of petered out about two thirds of the way round, there was a path but the directions led us away from it so we ended up climbing over a wall into a church yard then skidding down a hill on our bums (this isn't the hill we slid down, this is Scammonden Dam).

Good fun was had by all though and we were rewarded on our return to the carpark by the sight of an ice cream van.

(Not an ice cream van!)

6 comments:

Nickerjac said...

love the look of that cotton, will have to give coldspring a call later, thanks for the tip

KnitYoga said...

The cotton looks fab. Sometimes I wish I lived near Coldspring Mill or Colinette or . . . but my bank balance would probably suffer more than it does already!

bekka said...

i'd be glad to send you some Sugar and cream. what colors do you prefer?

gabby said...

The dish clothes looks lovely and what a good idea for xmas pressi's.

Woolly Wormhead said...

Blimey, I have sooo much to catch up on! I'm not quite sure why the fascination with dishcloths, apart from their ease of making. Have you shed any light on this? Are they just an alternative to blanket squares (which strangely, I can happily knit) or is there something else to it?

TutleyMutley said...

Couldn't get your linky-thing to work, but found the boutique by googling - what a fab site - I'm inspired to get some cotton and churn some out. And visit Lush too! I've seen some double layered dishcloths in plain cotton. must be knitted same way as a double two coloured blanket I've got a pattern for - but on a miniature scale. ta for the inspiration...