May 17, 2015

FO | Springtime Towel Set

The last time we talked about this project, there was snow on the ground, I was struggling with startitis syndrome and I was busily casting on all the things.

The snow has disappeared, but the urge to start many new things remains. For me, the only way to combat that siren call (or at least wrestle it into the realm of reasonableness) is to simplify, streamline, focus and finish.

In other words, I'm striving to stick to my commitment, control the number of WIPs, and focus first on what's on the needles or already in the project pipeline.

The Graefen cloth and towel combo not only met that criteria, it turned out to be ideal. I could pick it up as time and inclination permitted, then set it aside to tackle other things. Each small finish brought a dual reward: The zing of satisfaction that comes with every FO no matter how little it might be, coupled with the opportunity to cast on for the next piece.

My set consists of one towel and four cloths and features the reversible fluted ridge stitch, one of my all-time go-to favorites. Its understated texture keeps the emphasis on the vibrant colors, which is just what I wanted. The yarns are cotton-rayon blends, so they have a subtle sheen that doesn't show up in these images. They aren't as soft as cotton or cotton-wool blends, but they should grow silkier with time and use.

Graefen Towel & Cloth Set
Yarn: DK cotton-rayon blends
          Turquoise: Brilla (Filatura di Crosa)
          Rose: Mystik (GGH)
          Variegated: Imagine (Classic Elite)
Needles: US 6 (4 mm); US 7 (4.5 mm)
Yardage: 260 yards (approx.)

Now the initial set is complete, it's destined for the guest bath where it will add a bright splash of much-needed springtime color. With more of these yarns in the stash, however, I dare say none of us will be surprised if a few more pieces find their way onto the needles.

Speaking of stash, I'm working on a new project specifically designed to use up those stubborn singleton and partial skeins that linger and hog space. I can't speak for you, but it's a perpetual problem in my world. I'm eager to see how this concept turns out, so it's time to stop chatting and get back to my knitting.

Have a lovely day, one and all.

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  1. Lovely towels! I've had the urge to knit up a few these lately. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh they will be fabulous in the guest bathroom. Lovely colours.


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