‘Tis the Season
I’ve been jittery all week, overexcited for MDK Summer Camp, which is tomorrow! This summer’s camp theme is dishcloths, my most favorite kind of summer knitting. And we’re not making just any dishcloth, we’re making Lorilee Beltman’s simple, endlessly variable Sinkmates pattern, in a new-and-improved version she cooked up just in time to kick off at camp. Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be in the thick of it, happy as clams, cranking out mini-Sinkmates, learning Lorilee’s tips and tricks, and forgetting about the heat and humidity for a few blissful hours.
Although MDK Summer Camp sold out in a hot minute, this is post is not meant to generate FOMO. Rejoice, dishcloth-knitting peoples of the world! Lorilee has just published the Sinkmates Suite pattern on Ravelry, so everyone who wants to join the fun can grab a few skeins of Rowan Handknit Cotton and their needles, and plop down in a shady lawnchair. The pattern includes 8 variations on the basic mitered design, so completionists are in for a really good time. (One version is inspired by the beloved Ballband Dishcloth that started you and me on our dishcloth-knitting path.)
May I Brag?
I mean—who’s gonna stop me? Last spring, in a moment of wild enthusiasm, I volunteered to knit the photography samples for the 4 variations of the Sinkmates Suite pattern that we would be making at MDK Summer Camp. I signed on to knit the 4 full-sized dishcloths, plus the ridiculously cute mini-versions of the cloths that we would be making in camp, to learn the techniques.
In early May, reality finally did catch up to me, and I ended up having to make my 4 full-sized cloths and 4 minis in a matter of days, so that Chris Sharp could take photos of them in Nashville. It was a tight deadline, especially if I didn’t want to send damp knitting in the mail.
I had a fabulous, if slightly feverish, time. As I knit, using the 6 shades of Rowan Handknit Cotton that we included in the camp boxes, I started to wonder: how many cloths and mini-cloths could a person get out of 6 skeins of Rowan Handknit Cotton, if a person wanted to do that?
So I made 8 full-sized cloths, and 8 minis. I was able to make them as written, without resorting to any scrappy strategies.
Here there are on the kitchen table, kinda-sorta-almost dry.
And here they are in Nashville, after Chris worked his magic.
Hey—is it just me, or is our palette Barbie-esque? It’s in the air!
Speaking of scrappy strategies, I’ve still got some scraps in reserve. I’m going to deploy them tomorrow, and see if I can get 4 more minis out of those 6 skeins!
PS Our virtual workshop in August is filling up with happy cowlers! Click below for details.