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Thank goodness, today was a better day. Somehow, when I wake up to sunshine, everything just starts out better.

Like a lot of folks out there in the knitting blog-o-verse I've decided that I needed to work on the Reverse Bloom Flower Washcloth that comes out of Weekend Knitting and was also published in the Winter 2003 Interweave Knits. It never would have occurred to me to knit something that I would actively soak in soap and water, but this pattern looked so cute and easy that I decided to give it a try.

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Orange Crush Face Cloth

I can't wear orange, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy working with a bright happy color, especially when it's cold outside. I used the yarn suggested by the pattern, Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille (the color is called Persimmon). I was a little worried that it would be unpleasant to work with, but as it turns out, it wasn't all that bad. It got a little rough on my hands towards the center as I dealt with keeping things tight on the double points, but that was only for a few rows.

I was surprised how much of the skein I had left over. (I think if I do another one I may do it on one size larger needle because this cloth doesn't lie as flat as I would like...) I wish it went better with the sage green skein I have to make a second one. I've been thinking this pattern would be kind of cute if the petals and center were different colors. I'm going to be keeping my eyes open for a skein of yellow or fuschia when I visit ThreadBear this weekend.

I can hardly believe that I'm going to set off on my road trip to Columbus tomorrow!

And in case you didn't notice the link that Beate provided, I'd like to point anyone looking for a source of examples of pattenered yarn to this German site, Die Sockenstricker Homepage -- in particular, check out the Gallery of finished socks and the Advent Calendar of little socks -- what a neat way to use up some of that left over sock yarn! (I've really got to learn some more French and German!)

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