Knit some dishcloths of course. I knit one this weekend that came out really cool. I'll post pics later if I can find a camera. The stitch pattern was very simple and easy to memorize, and the texture came out perfect for scrubbing. Here's a recipe:
Cast on 51 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, *sl1 purlwise, K1 Repeat from *
Row 4: K1, *yf, sl1purlwise, yb, K1 Repeat from *
Repeat these four rows until you run out of yarn or the dishcloth is as big as you want it.
I made this in a variegated Sugar and Cream cotton and it came out really pretty and practical. The slipped stitches make a sort of waffle weave effect, which is great for scrubbing. Dad was pleased (he does the dishes) and I'm making another one for him now in a tweedy Sugar and Cream cotton.
In other news, I'm really glad I didn't go by my sisters estimate of her bust size for the sweater I'm knitting for the Sweater Sprint event in the Ravolympics. She told me she thought her measurement was 40 inches. Try 44 inches sis. Sooooo glad I measured her.
In other, other news, my baby nephew is no longer a baby nephew. He's 2 now. Time to start calling him "The boy" instead of "The baby" just in time too, since he has a baby brother now and it could have been confusing. It's amazing what changes time can make. Two years ago at this time, the boy was in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia fighting for his life, and we really didn't know if he would make it. I was making daily runs to the hospital on my lunch break to bring my sister-in-law much needed sustenance and support. Now he's a sturdy toddler, whose vocabulary grows daily, who grins like a lunatic when you sing to him. Who runs around and flips around and generally does everything you'd expect a sturdy boy of his age to do. He got his first haircut, blew out the candles on his cake (amazingly without spitting all over the cake!) and declared he would definitely have another birthday. It's amazing, and wonderful, and I think a good bit of his success is due to the good thoughts, prayers, and vibes sent his way through the vast network of the internet. Everyone I know told a few people about his struggle, and they told a few people and so forth and all of those people took a moment to think of a special baby fighting for his life and send a little good energy his way, and it worked! So thank you to everyone who took a moment, and who told someone else who took a moment. Our world would be a lot dimmer today if it weren't for our boy.