Actually, I think YouTube and eBay are just encouraging each other to lead me in bad ways.
Somehow, and I'm not sure how, I ended up watching knitting videos on YouTube. I had been sticking quite closely to medieval monasticism and dinosaurs, which are a lot safer. Today I went along dangerous paths.
The first thing that caught my eye was the ten stitch blanket patterns. These are patterns where you cast on ten stitches and then knit short rows and turn corners and pick up stitches from the side you already knitted so that you end up with a blanket having only had ten stitches on your needles for most of the time. A link to one is here. It's definitely beyond my patience level, and possibly my skill level, but does look awesome. I could absolutely make one for a friend who has impeccable taste and a home in the countryside that appears to lack throws. I had a quick look on eBay for suitable yarn before I came to my senses.
From there I ended up on some interesting dishcloths here. They are knitted with long and short rows in two colours and finished using Kitchener stitch which is a way of joining knitting named after the WWI general, Lord Kitchener, who apparently knitted, or at least had a knitting stitch named after him. I am not sure about dishcloths. I prefer to use a sponge which I quickly wear to rags and then throw but while they may be environmentally unsound, they are inexpensive. I checked. You can get some good 100% cotton yarn which would be ideal for the cloths on eBay for very reasonable amounts, especially if you are not sticking to the two colours that the pattern showed, but I'm not going there. I have a stash of the sponges which will last me for months (a good deal from Approved Food).
Then I found myself looking at a knitting pattern for a scrubbie knitted out of tulle, here. This intrigued me (of course). I am sort of tempted. I have half a dozen plastic scrubbies in the drawer after scoring a good deal at Approved Food and I haven't used them up yet. They appear to be almost indestructible. By the time I have got to the end of them I will have probably forgotten about the idea of knitting a scrubber out of tulle. Just in case, I checked eBay and there are some very inexpensive rolls of tulle on there. I managed not to buy any, but it was touch and go.
I think I should stick to dinosaur videos.