Girls, do you know what is going on over the water? Did you even know that people KNIT their own dishcloths and actually wash dishes with them? Well, I have to confess it was all news to me when I stumbled across a chat/forum on flickr the other day. Some poor soul naively asked what the point was of knitting dishcloths, did they absorb anything or just look pretty. She got a barrage of replies which I waded through. Have a look for yourself here ( and while you're at it look at some of the 800+ photos of dishcloths on flickr too). Well, by the end of it I was converted and I had to make one myself. Someone helpfully put in a link to a site full of patterns and I picked the Baby Fern Dishcloth. I found some cotton in one of my baskets and here's what I produced in a couple of hours (couple of hours because I didn't cast on the right number of stitches so had to undo it twice - it was late and I wanted to show you something this morning, honest!):
It's very quick to knit up but I wonder if I can bear getting it dirty - haha.
Anyway, I have solved one of my Christmas present dilemnas. I am going to knit abut a dozen of these as presents for my sisters, the in-laws, kindi teachers and anyone else I can think of. Incase you want to join me I have been doing a little research (forgive me if I'm preaching to the converted).
One of the yarns ladies in America are using is called Peaches and Creme (there is other stuff but I decided to stick with investigating one brand) made by Elmore Pisgah. I e-mailed them and asked them where to buy their stuff from. Seems you can get it directly from them. Here's their website. You can buy 1lb cones or balls/skeins which are 2oz. The lovely Flo who I spoke to said she thought a skein would make two dishcloths. There are about 100 colours to chose from. I'm going to do an order this morning and I did toy with the idea of some of us clubbing together and sharing the postage. Let me know if you want to - I could pay on my visa and divide it when the order arrives and you can pay me by cheque or paypal I suppose.
It seems that one of the dishcloths everyone is knitting is called the Mason Dixon Ballband Dishcloth from their book. It's very pretty but having just had a splurge on Amazon I cannot buy another book. With this in mind I set about looking on the web for patterns and believe me there is no shortage. So make youself a cup of coffee, kick everyone out of the room and have a quick look here, here, here, here, here, here and here - maybe not a quick look.
Incase you still need convincing here are some reasons I can see for knitting dishcloths:
- A very quick knit.
- Unusual present
- Great way to practice new patterns.
- An excuse to buy some scrummy yarn.
Hey, maybe we can have one of those knit-along things that knitting blogs have. Always wondered what they were and how it worked?
Well, I'll leave you immersed in dishcloths. Must go and pick my colours of Peaches and Creme.......
By the way I was just looking for dishcloth cotton in the UK and I came across this on someones blog.
Not sure about the seemingly born to clean - have you seen the dust and cobwebs around here and as for plain Jane - boohoohoo.
Tom thinks I'm more Mohair:
You are Mohair. You are a warm and fuzzy type who works well with others, doing your share without being too weighty. You can be stubborn and absolutely refuse to change your position once it is set, but that's okay since you are good at covering up your mistakes