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Cholla Spa Set (pronounced choy’-ah)


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The texture in Cholla Spa Set reminded me of the Cholla Cactus skeletons seen in the desert and used extensively by woodworkers to create their own special wonders. Using a natural or pastel colorway for this set really sets off the texture - there is a right and wrong side. This pattern consists of instructions to make a Washcloth, Facial Scrubbie, Bath Scrubbie, and Bath Puffie. 4 ounces of cotton will make all 4 pieces with plenty left over for multiples of the Facial Scrubbies. (I made two of them and could probably have gotten a couple more from the leftover yarn...). These are terrific sellers at Farmer's Markets, perfect to include in a gift basket for someone special, but really GREAT to spoil yourself. Add some bubbles, a wonderfully scented soap (I prefer handmade soap or bath salts from my favorite soap maker on Facebook - let me know if you need the link - they're just yummy!), maybe a candle or two and a glass of wine and you're ready to treat yourself like royalty. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knitted Cast-On, Knit, Knit in the round, YO (Yarn Over), K2Tog (Knit 2 stitches together as one to decrease by 1 stitch), Bind-Off GAUGE Not Important for these items PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Lily Sugar 'n' Cream

Recommended with this pattern

  • US 4, 7, and 8 needles (straight or circular - with whichever you're most comfortable), US 10 - 16 inch circular needle, 4 oz. Kitchen cotton, 3/8 inch satin ribbon, braided nylon cord or parachute cord, Tapestry needle, Stitch marker, Fray-Check (optional, but recommended)

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I am a maker - of things. It doesn't really matter what as long as I can create something - a pair of earrings from beads found years ago in a little, out-of-the way shop or a scarf with some of that snazzy yarn I just couldn't resist, a pie or batch of cookies or a new recipe that needed to be tested. A potter primarily, I also have this huge fascination for fibers - doesn't matter if it's spinning them, knitting them or weaving with them - each process is unique and full of treasures to come to life. "My Grandma's Garden" is in dedication to my Norwegian Grandma, my Irish Grandma, my Mom - all the Grandmas everywhere. A garden doesn't necessarily have to be full of flowers - or veggies - or plants of any kind. In this case, it's simply a garden of handmade goodness - by THIS Grandma. When I was little, I remember my little Irish Grandma sewing her quilts and clothes on the treadle sewing machine that fascinated me so much - to the point that my Mom started me sewing when I was 6 years old. There was always some sort of fiber work in evidence - at home, at Grandma's - no matter where I was. Sewing, quilting, crochet, embroidery - we saw it all. Odd, though, out of all of us, I'm the only one who knits - or, spins - or throws pots! My favorite garden? Well, that's my daughter and her husband with a couple noisy, little sprouts of their own! I hope that after you've visited my handmade garden, you take the time to enjoy a little bit of your own garden (whatever it consists of and wherever it may be) each day!