Thursday, October 8, 2009

dear dishcloth

Dear Dishcloth,
I just had to write and tell you that I really like you. I know you don't get a lot of applause, because you're so utilitarian. Matter of fact, I realize that sometimes you even end up in the rag pile where you keep on working. I mean really, a dishcloth post is not nearly as exciting as posting about a finished lace shawl or mohair sweater. But there's just something about you. You're not very glamorous, but in your own quiet, cotton way, you really brighten up my sink. You really know how to affirm a girl too, with the fact that you can be knit in such a short time. That's so thoughtful because I adore completed projects. You're a pretty inexpensive knit as well...that goes a long way in my book. I can knit two of you out of one ball of yarn. No sweater could ever claim that! And the thing is, my friends seem to adore you as well, which makes you an extremely popular gift. The wonderful patterns that are available allow me to sharpen my skills and try out some new color combos; and you never seem to mind. You are so flexible. Well, I didn't mean to gush, but I couldn't help myself. You're becoming an addiction and I just wanted to let you know how much I really like you. Thanks for everything.

Yours truly.... lisa

20 comments:

Meg said...

I love this post! I discovered the satisfaction of knitting dishcloths this summer. I think my husband thought I had gone a little crazy...but then every day I use one of my dishcloths to dry my hands, and I just smile! Maybe it's time to knit up some holiday discloths!

Tracy said...

What fun, Lisa...loved this post, an ode to dishcloths...*sigh*... Your cloths are beautiful--love the yarns, colors and patterns. I've not knit a dishcloth in a while, come to think of it. Where did you find the lovely patterns for there you show here--I love that ripply-feather & fan pattern. :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Green Acres in the City said...

What a fun post. They truly don't get enough praise!

The WoodLand School said...

This post brightened my morning! And ... inspired me! I'm home all day with a sick girl and knitting a washcloth would be just perfect. Thank you :-)

Anonymous said...

its lovely. I love how its different colors...kinda like a rainbow...and i love rainbows. =)
emily

Kristyn Knits said...

love your choice of colors and patterns! sometimes the simple things give us the greatest pleasure. I'm off to start a new cloth!

Naturalearthfarm said...

A freshly knit or crocheted cotton dishcloth - pure joy!

Sigrun said...

All I could do on my blogpost today is gripe about the weather, and then I read your tribute to dishcloths. What a pick-me-upper. In the future I will read those posts that I find uplifting before I do my post. Maybe it will color my glasses a bit.
Thank you.
The word verification is "explump". That's too funny: "I have been eating carefully and exercising, and now I am explump".

Jodi said...

Lisa --
This is too funny. I thought I was the only one who loved my little dishcloths. Thanks for your kind words on my posting. You did a beautiful job on yours AND your dishcloths are truly works of art. Your knitting is gorgeous.
-- Jodi

larissa said...

great post, lisa. your 'utilitarian' dishcloths look like swatches for elegant sweaters - except they get a lot more "wear." So smart to have something so lovely that your touch, see and use each day! and what a perfect way to try out a new stitch combination.

so funny, i wrote today's post in the form of a letter too.

Journeying Five said...

such a sweet post and dishcloths too!

fromallstitchedup said...

Another great idea. I wonder if one could ever get craft overload ? I want to do everything and have a hard time not doing things.

Heather said...

Oh these are great! I just think that hand made dish towels and washcloths are so incredible. I love both of these patterns, and I can only imagine how much beauty they will bring to the kitchen

Alison said...

Oh yes, I love your dishcloths too! I think I may have knit more dishcloths this year than anything else, lol! If I had blogged them all, I would surely be the most boring designer out there, hehe, but I truly love utilitarian crafting!
Fun post- great washcloth pics!
Happy knitting-
ali

cathleen said...

Applauding your post Lisa...I love these little dishcloths too and they are addicting to knit and so very easy. Very pretty post.

Liz said...

He he he...

Jessica said...

Love it! knitting dishcloths are my favorite!

Gigi said...

Funny! You know I totally share in your dish cloth love ;-). Just about a year ago (as a new knitter), I took a beginners' Dishcloth 101 class. Before the class, I thought all the raving about hand knit dishcloths was a little fanatic. After the class, I was a total convert to clan of hand knit dishcloth worshipers -- still am ;-)!
Blessings,
G

Christina said...

I like dishcloths too. They are the one thing I am truly good at knitting, though mine aren't quite as beautiful as yours. I especially love the brown one.

a friend to knit with said...

oh... i love this post. :)
i used to have a drawer full of hand knit dishcloths... i am down to about 3. i should change that!