Saturday, June 24, 2017

Knitting Washcloths --- Bamboo with Silk

Yesterday, I spent the day making a small gift for someone's 90th birthday! I will not be able to attend due to multiple factors but I wanted to so much. So these will go out in the mail when I'm finished.

I used Yarn Bee Hint of Silk from Hobby Lobby in the colorway Obi.
I love the colors and how they pool in different areas.
I used the simple Grandma's washcloth pattern on Ravelry. I think this simple pattern has been around for 100 years. 

CLICK HERE for the pattern

I love knitting with this fiber. It's 85% Bamboo and 15% silk

MUCH nicer than cotton. I think it's about the softest yarn I've felt. I found in reading that bamboo is absorbent like cotton and gets better with more use.



I will add 3 or 4 special little soaps I got from a local shop. They are awesome as I've used them before. Shea Butter yummy.


I have another skein of this Yarn Bee's Hint of Silk in an ivory color.
I want to make 1-2 more for this little package.


The full skein of ivory color is Silk Pearl.



This yarn has been in my stash for a year. Hobby Lobby was having a sale a year ago and I stocked up on this.

I did research the fiber's behavior before knitting as a washcloth and was surprised this is machine washable and can tumble dry on low heat.

The bamboo will stretch out again but the added silk is like knitting with butter.


I just realize that  with the solid color you get more yardage.
130 yards for solids
107 yards for variated



I found some baby patterns  using this yarn so I know it has to be soft and washable.
I found a pattern on Ravelry using this yarn for washcloths because of it's softness.

One skein made 2,  8 inch washclothes.

My gauge is a bit loose since I had shoulder surgery for some reason so I used a size 7 needle instead of the recommended size 8.


When I touched this yarn, I knew this would be so much softer than cotton.

I had about 15 yards left over from the skein. This can go in my Cozy Memories Blanket!!

About this time of year, Hobby Lobby has a sale on this yarn. Keep a look out for it. The colors are limited in the store; however, online I found other colors not in the store.

I totally think this yarn has so much drape and buttery feel, that I will in the future pick up 5 of them for a shawl.

I still am amazed at how many washcloth/dishcloth patterns that are on Ravelry for free!

I would not use this for a dishcloth. Definitely too soft and luxurious feeling. The perfect for a pampering washcloth/facial cloth.

On the homefront here, we have had our share of heavy rains and gloomy days this past week.
We are actually under a flash flood warning until 8pm tonight.

I hope your Saturday is full of rest and happiness!

Jennifer

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jennifer. I love the fact that you always have something beautiful going or just finished. Whether it be knitted or cross stitched, it's always lovely. I've made lots of the wash cloths like you're making now, and I did the same thing with them that you're doing. Special little pretty smelling soaps with the cloths make lovely gifts. Happy that with you shoulder and all, you can still get some stitching in. Hugs and stitches to you.

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