The only gift is a portion of thyself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Oh my goodness! Christmas is in just three weeks! What to make? What to make? You want it to be a nice gift with a sense of thought put into it, no problem. What about a spa package! WHAT?! Those are impossibly expensive. Not if you make it yourself.
I've become addicted to making dish cloths and face cloths. I have to admit, I didn't get the craze for these tiny knit treasures when they first started appearing on Ravelry and such until I received one as a gift from a student. A worsted cotton knit up into a wash cloth is super absorbent and extra soft and add that it is handmade, it's the ultra luxury item. Add it with a delicious smelling soap or bath salt, and you have fabulous spa gift.
You will need:
1 skein of Sugar-n-Cream
#8 knitting needles
This pattern is for a basic bias face cloth which is knit from one corner to the next.
Cast on 4 stitches.
Knit one row.
*Turn and K2, YO, knit across the rest of the stitches*. Repeat from * to* until you have 5o stitches on the needle and what looks like half a triangle. if you want it bigger, that's fine Keep going until desired width is achieved.
Next row* K1, K2tog YO, K2tog, Knit across the rest of the stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you are back to just 4 stitches. You will end up back at just 4 stitches. Bind off final 4 sititches.
Weave in tails.
Click here to download the pattern. - Download Bias Knit Dish or Face Cloth
For Bath salts,
Buy a bag of plain epsom salts. For every cup of salt mix in 4 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like lavender and rosemary mixed together, stir thoroughly. Use a glass or stainless steel bowl as plastic may absorb the essential oils. Package the salts in a pretty bag or jar.
Check your local craft store for a soap making kit or get plain glycerine and melt it down in your microwave and pour into a cute ice cube tray of heart shapes. Allow to cool and then pop out. Wrap them in saran wrap or in a cute plastic holiday treat bag. For more explicit directions, take a look at this website.