Here are some dishcloths I made recently.
I’ve been knitting since I was 8 years old. I’ve made all kinds of things over the years. But right now, summertime, I am working on dishcloths. Here are the latest ones. Knitting does not seem to bother my hand, for which I’m thankful, as I love to knit. I have a pleasant routine in which I sit down in front of the TV at night and knit. It’s not uncommon that I lose the thread of the show and instead wander into my own thoughts.
As I said, I’ve been knitting for many years, and yet I see a mistake in one of these dishcloths – the purple and white one. A little purple stitch pushed into the white column…I guess my thoughts may have wandered too much – and I only noticed the mistake when I took the pictures. Well, the dishcloth will work just as well, won’t it?
Last May, I yarn-bombed my mailbox. If you aren’t familiar with yarn-bombing, it’s a public art movement in which almost anything can acquire a knitted or crocheted cover – door handles, sculptures, bike racks, tree limbs – mailboxes.
I knit a lot and had a good amount of acrylic yarn left over from various afghan projects – I use this kind of yarn for them because it is washable and does not shrink. The idea hit me to do a project for my mailbox, so I just started in and created a nice little sweater for the post.
As I said, I put it on the post last May. It’s been out there in the weather since then – surviving hurricanes, snow, the very bright sun, dirt – whatever came our way. I’ve been noticing it looks a bit shabby recently, so I decided it was time to retire it. I took it off this morning.
When you look at the pictures you can see that being outside for a year will really make a difference to your appearance! But – the sturdy acrylic yarn has not weakened or deteriorated at all – it’s just as strong as it was when it went outside.
I also photographed the knitted piece front and back, and you can see the effect the sun in particular had on the colors. But it gave me an idea when I did this – I could turn the piece inside out, because I think it has a nice look to it, and put it back on the mailbox. I also think I’ll turn it upside down. What do you think?
First, though, I’m going to give it a trip through the washer. A sort of spa day as a reward for enduring so well.
Right side (the side that has been exposed)
Wrong side, and possible future right side (the side that has been hidden)
Here’s a break from collage and clay. I knit a lot, and I’ve been doing so for the last 40+ years. I’ve made all kinds of items – sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, afghans, slippers, toys — and dishcloths.
I make them during the summer. Small, quick, and light. I use a slipped stitch technique that lets me create two-color patterns without carrying yarn along the back. The slipped stitches also cause the fabric created to draw up nicely and make a thicker cloth.
The patterns were all free on the web – lots of different looks are available all over the internet. I just searched around for ones that looked attractive and enjoyable to knit.
Here’s a few pictures of cloths I’ve made. I don’t photo them all. These were all given away a couple of summers ago, I think.
I got rid of all my store-bought cloths and now just use the ones I made. If you have a chance to get hand-knitted or crocheted cloths, maybe at a craft fair or a farmers’ market, grab them. Your dishes will be happier, maybe, and you’ll enjoy using the nice substantial cloth that holds the soapsuds so well.