I've been all over the place with these place mats (no pun intended). I started with the Woodsy Place Mat pattern, which I was lucky enough to tear out and keep from a Creative Knitting magazine my Mom found at the recycle center. I love how this pattern looked in the Red Heart Fiesta I've been using, but after blocking these place mats shrunk and the edges got all wonky. I was not a happy camper :(
I swatched a bunch of other patterns, but didn't find anything that I liked as much as these. So, I re-knit them (again), but this time I added a garter border (5 rows on the bottom, 3 stitches on each side, and 4 rows on the top before binding off). With the garter border they keep their shape much better.
Next, coasters - I've talked about these before, but you haven't see the wonderful thing I found to keep them in!
I have this little wood-fired ceramic cup from a pottery class I took a few years ago. My six coasters fit perfectly in it, and I'm thinking of making a couple more coasters if I have enough yarn left.
And then one future project - I have about 3/4 of a skein of cotton yarn left over from my latest sweater project. I want to use this either to make a hand towel for my master bathroom or a couple of face cloths for my guest bathroom. I'd certainly get more use out of a hand towel for my own bathroom (we don't have many guests), but if I make a few smaller cloths, I'll get to try a couple of different patterns (which would be fun). What do you think I should do?