Diagonal Owl, Watch Over Us~

Now that the holidays are behind us, we can take a moment to reflect, breathe a sigh of relief. Or just breathe…………

I learned today, a dear friend lost her home on Christmas day. They were notified they had just 4 days to vacate.  On Day 1 of their Exodus, a blizzard hit, the streets were clogged with cars stuck in snow-drifts and the movers couldn’t get to the house. They are temporarily staying at a motel until they can get their bearings and make other arrangements…

I feel so powerless and at a loss for words. I have a difficult time being able to say how lucky we are, when there are others who’s lives have been disrupted by hardship.

We are the lucky ones, but for how long, I cannot say. One’s luck can change in an instant, unforeseen circumstances that lurk in the shadows, may suddenly rear their ugly heads to the light and lay waste to years of planning, dreaming and hoping for a better day.

I whipped out a cute little dish/facecloth as part of a cooling-down project, just to dot something mindless. It gave me a chance to wind down from the gift projects I had been been working on for the past 2 months, and a way to try something easy.

It turned out cute, if not a little lost in the variegation, but it was just for fun.

Diagonal Owl Dish/Facecloth

Pattern: Diagonal Owl Dishcloth by Janelle Schlossman.

 

I’m on to another project, a “coat” for Igor. It’s going to be a simple cape style, nothing fancy.
Hopefully, it will look more fashionable than one of several bath towels he usually enjoys strutting around like a peacock in. 😀

I’ll continue to find comfort in the small things, and while I work, I’ll say a prayer for those less fortunate, and for a better day.

Hinááh bee atiingóó éí naashá
On the Trail of Life, I walk in beauty
Nizhóní naashá
In Harmony I exist, I walk in beauty

Owl Dishcloth Knitting Pattern
Designed by Janelle Schlossman

This dishcloth pattern is knit diagonally and features an owl, created with easy cables.
Materials:
Worsted weight cotton yarn
Size 8 US (5 mm) needles
Cable needle
Gauge:
Not vital. Approx 18 sts=4″
Instructions
Special Abbreviations:
C4B (Cable Four Back): Worked over 4 sts. Place the first 2 sts on cable needle, hold in back of work, k2, then k2 from the cable needle.
C4F (Cable Four Front): Worked over 4 sts. Place the first 2 sts on cable needle, hold in front of work, k2, then k2 from the cable needle.
CO 3 sts.
Row 1: k
Row 2: k1, inc in next st, k1
Row 3: k1, inc in next st, k to end
Row 4: Rep Row 3 (6 sts)
Row 5: k2, yo, k to end
Rows 6 to 31: Rep Row 5
Row 32: k2, yo, K7, p3, k8, p3, k to end
Row 33: k2, yo, k11, p8, k to end
Row 34: k2, yo, k8, p3, C4B, C4F, p3, k to end
Row 35: k2, yo, k12, p8, k to end
Row 36: k2, yo, k9, p3, k8, p3, k to end
Row 37: k2, yo, k13, p8, k to end
Row 38: k2, yo, k10, p3, k8, p3, k to end
Row 39: k2, yo, k14, p8, k to end
Row 40: k2, yo, k11, p3, k8, p3, k to end
Row 41: k2, yo, k15, p8, k to end (43 sts)
Row 42: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k9, p3, C4B, C4F, p3, k to end
Row 43: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k13, p8, k to end
Row 44: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k8, p3, k1, P2, k2, P2, k1, p3, k to end
Row 45: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k12, P1, k2, P2, k2, P1, k to end
Row 46: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, K7, p3, k8, p3, k to end
Row 47: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k11, p8, k to end
Row 48: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k6, p3, C4B, C4F, p3, k to end
Row 49: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k10, p8, k to end
Row 50: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end
Rows 51 – 77: Rep Row 50 until there are 7 sts
Row 78: k1, k2tog, k to end
Rows 79 – 81: Rep Row 78 (3 sts at end of row 78)
BO.
See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.

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