Wednesday, June 15, 2011


~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Linking with Ginny

I found a great pattern for knitted
dishcloths that uses crochet cotton.
I don't know about you, but here in
the south we are breaking records
with the heat. Just the thought of
using wool or anything 'heavy' just
makes me cringe. The patten is
very easy to follow and will be
perfect to add to my Christmas
baskets along with these dishcloths
that I did over the weekend.

I have been reading See You in a Hundred Years.
I have always said that I should
have been born a hundred years
ago so just the title alone had me.
The author, Logan Ward, and his
family move from New York to
Virginia and live exactly as people
did in the 1900's for a whole
year.   Maybe it's because I am
older  and have lived in the
country for 25 years, but this family
bothers me a little. They did not seem
to prepare or learn what it really takes
to live in the country before they
just jumped in. I hope the further along
I read it will improve, but I'm not holding
out  much hope.


  1. I love hand made dish cloths but I haven't made any yet. Very nice!

    The book sounds interesting. I often think I should have been born/raised decades earlier myself. From what you have said of the read thus far it almost sounds like the reaction of the author and his family are what a lot of families in the PBS series Frontier House (and the other series went through). They just went into it and did somewhat what was of the norm of the time and then when it didn't fit to their liking, they did what they wanted. I'm adding this to my reading list -- thank you!

  2. I love the dishcloths too :). The color is adorable! And making them is so simple and fulfilling :). You are definitely a beautifully classic soul Tracey. I love that about you!!!

  3. You are starting on your Christmas list? I think about it sometime in September. I love the washcloth idea, every one uses them!

  4. I am yet to knit dishcloths. They would definitely make great gifts. I hope you survive the heat. Jacinta

  5. Have you ever watched 1940s House? Not 100 years ago, obviously, but I really enjoyed it!

  6. I really need to start thinking about Christmas. But there is so much in the way...teacher gifts, baby gifts, going away gifts, birthday gifts, etc. If only there were more hours in the day (or I just moved faster). Like Emily, I was thinking the books sounded a bit like Frontier House, too. I always felt that I was born in the wrong century, but now I'm not sure I could survive in the "olden days" (as DS calls it)...I'm such a lazy cream puff (with chocolate pudding in the middle, of course! ;-)

  7. You're reminding me about Christmas again. I guess I'd better start listening. I've given knit dishcloths to my niece for Christmas these past 3 years. Ever since she got married. These are her favorite.

    Thanks for the heads up on the book. Unless you tell us differently I won't go there.

    A mechanics shop eh? Nahh... Not unless business is so slow that we could just sit and knit and chat! Then I'm in.

    Blessings, Debbie

  8. I've wanted to get around to knitting some dishcloths for ages! Thank you for the inspiration!
    They will make great little christmas gifts.

  9. Hmm I am intrigued. That yarn is so darn cute! Love that you are working on Christmas stuff!

  10. You photo is lovely and good for you for getting a jump on Christmas gifts! A bummer that the book is disapointing as it sounds like it could have been an interesting experiment. There are elements of many past eras that make me think I would prefer to live at those times, but really, I'm happy where I am. The whole inequality of women thing is usually what makes a past era unattractive for me. :)

  11. I love the dishcloth - and crocheting for Christmas gifts...I've had the nagging feeling I should be thinking of that, you know, on top of the sweaters... ;)
    I often wonder how it would be to live 100 years (or so) earlier. Hope the book improves for you!

  12. I love the discloth. I am checking out the pattern later today! The book sounds interesting...

  13. Oh gosh. Thanks for the reminder about starting Christmas crafts. Summer is flying by already!

    So, how many pages do you give a book before you decide to abandon ship? I give it only about 10, as I've got little precious time to read these days.

  14. Ooooh, that's what I can use those 3 thrifted skeins of crochet cotton for!
    That book sounds awesome. I have always thought I was born in the wrong time and should have been in the 1800's. I will definitely have to check this book out!
    About the Noro yarn - it may have given me a hard time because I am a beginner. It probably wouldn't be like that for you. The other's in our class who had trouble were also more beginner types. I have even broken needles with how tight I sometimes knit. It is lovely to look at anyway! :)

  15. There is nothing like a handknit dishcloth. Both are great patterns.

  16. Thanks for the link to the dishcloths, I need some new ones soon, they really would make beautiful gifts.

  17. i feel guilty that i'm not already thinking of and planning for christmas. i'm totally impressed at your planning and hard work already!

  18. I usually keep dishcloth knitting in the car, for mindless travelling knits. Last Christmas I did some linen washcloths as gifts and they went down well. I enjoyed a book called The Cottage Garden Diaries, where a woman, not far from where I lived at the time, lived fir a year as a schoolteacher's wife from the 1700s. It was very illuminating. xx

  19. sounds like an interesting read. Even in the North I can't knit with wool right now. Although honestly I haven't been knitting lately, lots of good stuff though:)

  20. I love the red in your dishcloth. I love knitting dishcloths. I have many of this pattern- they are so durable. I am interested to hear what you think when you finish that book. :)