Sunday, May 30, 2010

I would go on choosing you...

Last year for spring break we had the opportunity to run around NYC like tourists because our friends Dean and Katy came to visit.
They are such a wonderful couple that we knew they would be getting married well over two years ago, but it was on this trip that we started to get real details about when the big day would finally come. Just because the event was inevitable, doesn't mean it would be any less perfect, so Hubby and I started the talking and planning to had back to Arkansas as soon as they left.

Two days after we bought our plane tickets, I got a message from Katy asking me if I would read I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg during the ceremony. I was honored and wildly excited. Prior to her request, I had never heard of I Like You. It is such a sweet and funny book that I am a little sad knowing that I've gone this long without reading it. The back cover claims, "Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet, Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy," and I agree completely. Please go read this book if you haven't already. It will make you smile despite yourself, and it will remind you how great it is to like all those people that you love. Clearly, I am enamored with this book, but I can't help it. It was a perfect tribute to the marriage of such a fun and loving couple.

I really wanted to make something special for Dean and Katy. I had the ambition to make them a blanket, but since this was the year of babies, that plan became more than impractical.
Maybe for their 5th anniversary... or their 10th. Since they are joining together and setting up a new home, I thought it would be appropriate to make them some dishtowels and wash cloths. The girlfriend who came with me to pick out yarn, started talking about why she could never use hand knit dishcloths. She gave me this whole argument about how they are too fancy so she would prefer to just treat them like art. With that in mind, I decided to shoot for simple and durable looking rather than artful and fancy. For simple and usable, I went right to Mason Dixon Knitting.

Pattern: Moss Grid Hand Towel from Mason Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lion Brand Collection Cotton Bamboo in Magnolia and Hyacinth
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Notes: I took one pattern repeat out and it was almost perfect for one cloth per ball.

Pattern: Ballband Dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting
Yarn: Lion Cotton Yarn in Natural and Periwinkle
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 9 (5.5 mm)
Notes: No pattern changes, but one of these is not like the other. Can you tell which one's special? I'll give you a hint it has blue bricks with a white background. Still don't know? That's ok I don't know which one it is either, but one of them was knit by Hubby. The fact that I can't tell which one it is, just tells you how mad his knittin' skillz are.

Congratulations! We like you because we like you!