I’ve been knitting a lot recently. After my Morning Glory cardigan, I finished a sleeveless top which still needs to be blocked before I can take some photos and write about it (spoiler: I’m really not sure what to think about it). I have a lot of free time now, since my work is less intense these days, but it also keeps me at home as I have to be close to the PC most of the time. This, of course, is a perfect crafting situation 🙂
After all this knitting I felt the sudden need to crochet something. And it was a brilliant opportunity to clear up my cotton stash a little. I have a lot of cotton yarn that I’d bought long ago for amigurumi, and then I focused on other projects and never crocheted those toys. I also really needed new coasters and cotton yarn is perfect for that.
When I saw the Leaf Coasters pattern by Katehrine Laight, I knew at once that I wanted to crochet them. I chose the most autumn-coloured yarn from my cotton stash (other colours I have include pale pink, white and black – bought to make dolls) and made the above set of six coasters. They look really nice with my Chestnut Leaf Placemats and crocheting them was so much fun! It amazed me once again how fast and easy crochet is compared to knitting – no need to worry about dropping stitches, and if anything goes wrong, it’s so much easier to fix it! It’s really great to be able to switch between crocheting and knitting.
Since after crocheting the set I still had some yarn left, and the project was easy and quick (it takes about 10-15 minutes to crochet one coaster), I made another identical set for my parents. It’s going to look well at their home, where the shades of the fall dominate.
After the coasters I returned to knitting and tried to knit a Green Apple Dishcloth by Deborah 9. However the delicate fingering weight yarn that I’ve used for it feels just too fragile – I definitely prefer worsted weight or at least DK cotton for kitchen towels and dishcloths (which I don’t have at the moment).
I also have two skeins of light pink DK bamboo yarn in my stash and I wonder if bamboo is suitable for towels or dishcloths? It looks a little like cotton but I don’t really know if it absorbs water equally well. I might give it a try in the future and find out…