I retaught myself to knit with the help of the internet shortly after Audrey was born. Luckily my Grandma Cecilia taught me when I was younger, so it was pretty easy to relearn it. I was(am) intimidated by sweaters. But dishcloths, they were just the thing to learn on.
|"Fresh off the sticks"- two new dishcloths in a tried and true basic pattern sized perfectly for my hands.|
Why dishcloths rock:
- No dishes or crumbs care if my stitches are even or if I missed a stitch or added in an extra.
- Cotton is cheap - I love knitting with natural fibers, and dishcloths made from cotton are great. My budget was (is) more in lines with the price of cotton rather than wool.
- Dishcloths are quick - I can now knit the better part of a dishcloth on the ride to the in-laws - no problem. As a beginner, they are a quick win.
- Portable, one little ball of yarn and a couple of sticks are super easy to stash just about anywhere (socks are also super portable and I love that about them).
- Easy to customize to fit your decor. I have all kinds of shapes, stars, hexagons, pentagons, squares, and hearts in my dishcloths. I have holiday dishcloths and seasonal dishcloths.
- Great way to practice new stitch patterns. I have dishcloths with cables and bobbles in them.
- Practical - no matter how many I have, I use them all. I think every member of my family (including Meredith) uses a new dishcloth *every* time they need to wipe something up. We store them in the bottom drawer and Meredith plays with them.
- Frugal - I have not purchased a sponge for so long, I don't even remember how much they cost to give a good comparison.
- Sanitary - I wash them in hot water every time and if they seem a little off, I throw them in the dryer (but that is rarely necessary).
My system - I grab a new one each morning and I use it throughout the day to wipe the counters and to clean the dishes. Each time I use it, I rinse it, wring it, and lay it over the edge of the sink ready to be used again. At the end of the day, I hang it over the drawer handle of my oven to dry out. When it is dry I toss it into the dirty clothes pile to be washed in hot water with the rest of the kitchen/bath laundry. If I use it to wipe up something on the floor, I will hang it to dry over my bottom oven drawer handle after I rinse it, and grab a new dishcloth for the counters and dishes. If I need to wipe up a person, I grab a clean dishcloth.
I know that everyone has their own systems and favorite tools for keeping their homes clean, so I try not to impose my way on everyone else. But I think most family members and even a few friends have a few dishcloths from me and if you don't but would like one or seven, just let me know (along with your favorite colors). I have a big stash of cotton yarn and I love to give them to people who actually want to use them.