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Date: 4/7/10 1:18 PM

Husband and I are heading to Vegas in a few days and I want to take my knitting along. I don't want to knit on the plane, but would like to pack it in my suitcase and knit in the motel room. Question: does anyone have a mindless, easy pattern they like to use, when traveling. I'm not a sock knitter. Love to do sweaters and I do need a new neck scarf for next winter. I have a baby hat pattern I work on in the Docs offices, but the needles are too small to work with for long. I like to use a size 7-10(U.S) needle. Does anyone have a favorite pattern they would like to share?

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Date: 4/7/10 1:28 PM

Are you a Ravelry member? I can spend endless hours just drooling over the patterns there - many are free. There are too many scarf patterns to count!!

I'm with you on mindless knitting when traveling. There is no way I can keep up with a pattern. I do like to knit socks though. I've been flying a lot lately and haven't had any problems even getting Addi turbos checked through on my carry-on bag.

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Date: 4/7/10 1:39 PM

Dishcloths and washcloths. I have one on the needles most all the time. Currently I'm knitting basketweave washcloths for my new baby granddaughter, but when I'm not doing that I'm knitting dishcloths either for me or my DIL. Most of them are pretty mindless if you choose the correct pattern.

You can never have too many of those, and if you have too many, you can make them for others.

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Date: 4/7/10 2:26 PM

Prayer shawl? I also agree with Mary on checking out Ravelry, lots of good stuff. Have a good trip.

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Date: 4/7/10 8:02 PM

OH MY!!! Thank you all for such wonderful suggestions and steering me to Ravelry. I have just sit in front of that site for almost a solid hour, going through patterns. Now I have to make a decision ;-)

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Date: 4/7/10 8:13 PM

I'll second the vote for dishcloths. Doesn't matter if you don't remember where you were when you put it down. After all, the dishes won't care if you make a mistake. And it's a great way to practice techniques.

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Date: 4/8/10 7:52 AM

I have a question about dishcloths. I can't imagine washing my dishes with a knitted square. I use "4" worsted weight and baby yarns for all my knitting. The tought of handling that type of yarn in dish water, makes my teeth hurt! LOL....If I can make a great sweater for under $8.00, I feel really accomplished(it's a game for me, a challenge). What type of yarn do you use to make a dishcloth?

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Date: 4/8/10 10:01 AM

Lily makes tons of Sugan N Cream 100% cotton yarn for dish cloths. The weight is listed as 4; I would say it is a little less than the diameter of worsted, but heavier bc it is dense.

I was leery of knitted dishcloths but they are much nicer to wash with than expected. I like to afghan stitch mine (a type of crochet) which gives them less stretch than knitted.

However, dishcloths are quick to knit and therefore you may run out of knitting on a vacation, unless you know a lot of people to give them to. Also, since you have never knit with this cotton before, it has zero stretch and you may find you don't like it and be stuck on vacation with something you don't enjoy.

How about those fingerless gloves? You can knit them with the chopped off fingers or with just a chopped off thumb and one space for the rest of your fingers. They are easy enough, small and portable, but interesting. They don't take as long to knit as a sweater, but longer than a dish cloth; for me about the right amount of time for a vacation.

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Date: 4/8/10 1:21 PM

You'll get over that VERY quickly. I've used nothing but knitted dishcloths for about 15 years. I LOVE them. My favorite pattern is this one: Round dishcloth but it isn't mindless since you need to keep up with the rows.

My other favorites are here: Square dishcloths and variations (she also happens to be my sock inspiration). Her dishcloth patterns are mindless, and the variations she lists make gorgeous washcloths! I just made a pink basketweave one for my grandbaby with Sugarbabies yarn (discontinued), and it came out SO cute and soft.

I haven't bought a sponge in just about forever!

There is also this: Midsomer mitts


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Date: 4/8/10 2:32 PM

I'm now anxious to try out some dishcloths in yarn I've never worked with before. Sallygirl, I love the round one and will try that one here at home, when we get back. The basketweave sounds like one I could do in a "mindless" zone. I like the idea of using size 8 needles. In my opinion, that is the perfect size for my hands. After knitting for almost 45 years, who would think a little dishrag could get me so excited! LOL. Thank you ladies, this has been such a help.

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