Monday, December 06, 2010

Reverb10: Make

Here are some I made earlier......

Reverb10 Day 6 Prompt by Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something to want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

In one word: Dishcloths.

From what I see on the internet, hand knitted dishcloths are reasonably popular in the US, but here in the UK I seem to be in a minority of one. I know that in the fifties people used to knit them, my Mum tells me she made one in school, but other than that I am the only person I know that makes them.

I am waging a single woman campaign for the return of the knitted dishcloth. They are wonderful! No more boring old white dishcloths from the supermarket. Now you can have a dishcloth to match your kitchen! Your eyes! Your mood! They also tend to have more texture than a bought cloth, ideal for a bit of scrubbing. It takes only a couple of hours or so to knit one, and it can easily be done while watching television or chatting in the pub, even. I find it very relaxing and therapeutic.

There are numerous websites with various patterns. The Dishcloth Boutique has dozens, graded by difficulty. There are many other sites, too. I have made dishcloths with initials, pawprints, hearts, you name it and it is out there. All you need is a pair of needles and some cotton yarn in your chosen colour. What are you waiting for?

The world is your.............uh, dishcloth.


  1. I'm incredibly jealous. I tried to teach myself how to knit once. It didn't go so well. Otherwise I would join your campaign, even if I am an American and not so helpful to it.

  2. I'm a Brit and would definitely be in - except my knitting skills are slightly lower than none.

  3. I'd never heard of knitted dishcloths until your blog. I find it quite...well, I don't know the word :) Maybe you've found a niche in the market? Everything gets here from the States eventually - why not get in at the start?

  4. you're right!!! they're crazy popular here in the handmade sect.

    i don't know how to knit though!!! i just think my fingers aren't made to work together!!


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