Today is the third day in a row, the f-ing (I'm trying to keep it clean) Upstairs Neighbors woke me up in the morning. ARGH!!! The last two days, I've woken up at 5:45am to loud stomping/banging that lasted thirty or forty minutes (daily exercise routine?). Today, I got an extra hour of sleep, being woken up at 6:45 to the sounds of a musical my neighbors were playing loud enough to hear conveniently (for them) from anywhere in their apartment. Don't they understand that people live below them? If I don't kill The Upstairs Neighbors, my boyfriend soon will since yesterday I was a major sleep-deprived grouch. Grrrrrrrr.
Since I'm awake... I've got pictures to show of the kitchen set I knit for my mom. This is what I knit in time for her birthday:
Did you actually expect me, The Procrastinator, to finish something for a deadline? Nah! Here's what I finished knitting yesterday, after the fact (and now must mail to mom):
Kitty Dishcloths: Pattern: Found here Mods: Seed-stitch border instead of garter
Potholders/Dishcloths (whatever my mom wishes to use them as): Pattern: Mason-Dixon Knitting warshrag pattern Mods: I cast-on only 33 stitches for a smaller cloth. I used a crochet bind-off and continued with a single crochet chain after BO to create a loop for hanging.
Towels: Pattern: MDK "Baby Burping Cloth" Pattern Mods: (Note: I modified this towel after 2 or 3 towel patterns I saw online. It's not my own pattern, per se, just a combination of many others.) I cast on the regular 45 stitches and worked the 2-color pattern for 11.5 inches. The rest is knit in one color. For the towel top, I knit 8 rows of garter stitch. First decreases... Row 1, *K2tog* for the row; Row 2, knit all; Row 3, K1, *K2tog, K1* rep from * for the rest of the row; Row 4, knit all; and Row 5, *K2tog, K1* rep from * until last two stitches, K2tog (11 stitches remain). I knit another 20-30 rows in garter stitch until the loop of the towel top was long enough to fold over the rod of a towel rack. Final decreases (and button hole)... Row 1, K2tog, knit until last two sts, K2tog; Row 2, knit all; Row 3, K2tog, K2, YO, K2tog, K1, K2tog; Row 4, knit all sts; Row 5, knit all sts; Row 6, K2tog, K3, K2tog. Finishing... BO, weave in the loose yarn ends, and slap on a button where you like. The YO is the button hole (some one else had that great idea - I hate knitting buttonholes).
I like these MDK towels much much better than the cat towel - you know the one with the bleach stains? Viewing the glass half-full: the bleach stains led to a better birthday present for mom.