1. Instant Gratification - They are quick, easy knits. Cast on and bind off in the same day.
2. Affordable - I use Sugar 'n' Cream cotton yarn, roughly $1.50 per 50-gram skein. A washrag takes up less than 50 grams. That's cheap.
3. Practical Handknits - You can use washrags every day at home. They can be machine washed and dried. And they make great gifts.
4. Easy Pattern - The pattern is easily memorized for on-the-road or tv-watching knitting, and yet it is fun to knit.
5. The Community - You can share you handknits with many, many of the other Mason-Dixon knitters on the knitalong, the official site, or with the swapcloth.
I knit and mailed these to my swap buddy, Lisa, in Texas...
That's three warshrags and two petal dishcloths in "girly colors" as per request, which I adore. My buddy says she loves them as well - woohoo!
I received my swap package... all the way from Colorado.
I love it! Thank you very much, Kristine! The dishcloth is the MDK hexagonal washcloth in Peaches 'n' Cream "Fiesta." The happy colors reminds me of Mexican restaurants - bring on the margaritas and quesadillas! My package also included two handknit sachets filled with moth-repellent and green chile jelly. I tried the jelly on toast with scrambled eggs, and it's divinely delicious. I hope I can find more here on the East Coast when I run out.
What's true Mason-Dixon Knitting? Knitting gifts up North and sending them South, over The Line, for a friend's birthday. One of my childhood girlfriends requested something handknit for her September birthday. She's recently moved to South Carolina, so she didn't want winter weather clothing or accessories. Mason-Dixon towels and warshrags seemed like the perfect gift.
These are the suckers that bled and bled and bled in the vinegar wash. I washed and washed until they stopped bleeding; I didn't want my poor friend to turn all her laundry purple.
For a wedding shower, I knit my old college roommate a couple washrags in berry and tan. My boyfriend picked the colors, and I thought berry was a great color choice since that is the shade of my bridesmaid's dress.
It looks like bricks!
I picked out the perfect matching towels without the washrags
on hand - booyah!
on hand - booyah!
Believe it or not, I'm not done ballbanding just yet.... I currently have a blue and white ballband bathmat on the needles, though that may get tossed to the backburner since I'm in the middle of many, many other projects.