Felted hot pad and a heart
I knit (and crocheted) this hot pad with Manos that I had leftover from my Santa Fe Ruana. I gifted it to Stephanie of Spritely Goods for participating in and winning the Why Wool? drawing I had in December.
Here's a quick and easy pattern if you're interested in using some stash Manos to make one of your own:
Size 10.5 (US) straight or circular needles
Manos del Uruguay (main color and contrast color)
Cast on 26 stitches (gauge is not critical, but you do want some looseness in between the stitches, so go up a needle size if you need to). Knit garter stitch till you have 22 garter ridges then bind off. With your contrast color, loosely crochet your edging around the hot pad, weave in any loose ends and felt as usual in your top-loading washer. I used the Soak wool wash that I purchased from Stephanie because I love the scent, but a small amount of your favorite wool wash or Dawn dishwashing detergent will work just fine.
And for Sallie, the co-winner, here's another goodie that I hinted about a few blog entries ago:
The pattern was Fiber Trends Heart Felt Expressions and it was a quick knit also. I ran out of yarn and when I had to purchase some additional yarn complete the bowl, Sallie was in the store at the same time. I probably looked like I was up to something . . .
Okay. Stop what you're doing right now and go read about Alicia Paulson's Ripple Afghan.