When I was making my coffee this morning, I saw another paper on the fridge with "2 square dishcloths" and "8 cotton pads" and their weights written down. Then I thought--did I blog those yet? No. Yesterday's comment about "another" two dishcloths would have made much more impact if I had already shown these dishcloths and pads, LOL!
So far, I've done 5 dishcloths and 8 cotton pads from this cotton yarn. Years ago, when my 9 year old was a baby and I had just gotten into babywearing, I saw a pattern for a knit pouch. Having gotten into machine knitting, I knew I could do it on the machine--though it was very difficult to figure out how much the fabric would stretch until it was sewn up and a baby put in. To sew it up meant grafting 95 stitches, because of course I wasn't going to have a seam show! Luckily, I hadn't woven the ends in, so I knew where the graft was and could unpick it (ugh. Anything to save a few yards of yarn LOL). I must have used those giant balls of Bernat Handicrafter, cause I have yet to find a yarn end. I still have a fair bit left of this sling, and one more in the bin to unravel.
While on the topic of crocheted/sewn baby slings, I just want to point out two pictures circulating.
Crocheted and knit fabric stretches. Sometimes, that is a good thing. A stretch wrap, made in a knit cotton, is awesome for a newborn, but we're talking knit at like 20stitches per inch. T-shirt fabric. In thicker yarn, the stitches are bigger, so there is more stretch over the length of the item. Knit/crochet it tighter to reduce stretch, and you've made fabric cardboard. As well, crochet stitches are knots. It's never a smooth surface, like knit stitches. I hate crocheted slippers because of this. A sling would feel the same. If you want to make a sling for a new mom, make a sewn one. There are also decent no-sew ones you can create. Or, support a WAHM and buy one.
Yarn In: 500gr
Yarn Out: 55gr (dishcloths) + 42gr (pads) + 1827 = 1924gr
Balance: 1424gr more USED than bought
Costs: $21.19/57days = $0.37/day