Been busy today.
Well, actually it started last night, after my hubby left for college class. I got the kitchen all cleaned up, made sure the kids had their showers taken and pj's on and settled in their room playing. I took my own shower, got into my own comfy pj's and then headed to the living room.
My idea was to just have a cup of hot tea and watch some TV, but then I suddenly got this yearning for Knitting. I know, I know.
I'm such a huge crochet lover that I don't get to knit as often as I would like and I don't know why but I felt like I really wanted to sit with my needles and yarn/thread and work away at a project that didn't require focus or attention or counting rows or stitches in any way.
So dishcloths it was. I made one last night and another this morning and I'm about to finish another. I'm on a roll and I can say that I have missed knitting immensely.
The click clicking of the needles is extremely therapeutic for me.
I'm currently working on Christmas gifts and who doesn't like receiving homemade goodies right? Especially knitted dishcloths.
But before I show you those, here's a few pics from my day.....
Early breakfast for this mama, toast, butter and some Bonne Mamam Wild Blueberry Preserves, along with a hot cup of warm cinnamon sugar cookie flavored coffee. Yum!
Butter making, had some heavy cream that was close to the expiration date and of course there's nothing better than homemade butter
And then it was time to play with those things that make me so happy.
For these I'm using Sugar n' Cream 100% cotton. I feel they hold up better than other yarns. Don't get me wrong though, I have a lot of dishcloths made from all sorts of leftover yarn I have laying around and I love all of them, I've figured out which are best for different cleaning jobs.
I'm using a simple dishcloth pattern, there's nothing to it. It's not my pattern and I think it's the most used one for the basic dishcloth. Been making it for so many years that it's ingrained in my mind.
Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat row 2 until there are 40 stitches.
Start decreasing on next row....knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.
Continue until you have 4 stitches left. Bind off.
So the first 2 are done and folded, sprayed with lavender linen water which smells amazing and tied with a ribbon.
The next ones I'm making are actually my favorite dishcloths, and you know why????
Well, because I use crochet thread instead of cotton. I just knit using double strands and it turns out amazing, much sturdier than all the other dishcloths and the rougher thread is great for scrubbing dishes.
Give it a try.
As always, switching the size of the needles will yield different results. For this one I'm actually using size 4mm needles which give me a smaller dishcloth. The first time I made it I wasn't sure I would like the smaller cloth, but I've actually grown to like it, even more than the normal bigger sized dishcloths I have.
Just follow the same pattern as above but using two threads at a time. :)
Let me know if you try it.
I'm thinking with the amount of dishcloths I'm knitting up, I may do a little giveaway of 2 or 3 on the blog, would that be something you ladies would enjoy?
Do you knit or crochet your own dishcloths?