Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The joy of a dishcloth
The person who got my name, Samantha, gifted me with some lovely sock yarn and teeny needles to knit them with. But she also included some 100% cotton yarn. I'd never used 100% cotton before and a dishcloth seemed less intimidating than a sock so I tried it first.
I cast on 46 stitches, figuring that'd be about 9 inches (which is the length of my current store bought dish cloth). I knit along happily, until I noticed that I was a row off my pattern. So, as is my way, I repeated the mistake a few rows later to make it a design feature :P
And then I washed dishes, it was amazing. First I must tell you that I can't use metal pot scourer things because I can't stand metal on metal, I always use plastic ones. Since I don't wash dishes as soon as the meal is over, (bad me, bad, bad) I often use the plastic scrubber to get dried food off of plates and bowls. With this handmade dishcloth I didn't have to do that. It handled everything, the purl bumps made excellent scrubbing surfaces. I was amazed.
The only problem I have with it is that it's a bit heavy. I didn't take into account, when I selected a size, that the cotton would be heavier than the flimsy store bought material.
I did manage to get it all dirty, tomato sauce will do that, ya know, so the one pictured up top is a smaller square I worked on to finish the ball of yarn. I think the smaller version will help with the weight issue as well. Plus I can get two or three from one ball of yarn :P
Lol it seems silly to rave about this now but I really am in love with handmade dish clothes now.
Must make more . . . . .