It was time for some new dishcloths, so I spent my spare time last week knitting some new ones. It mostly had to be time when the little ones were not around, because they can’t resist the allure of sharp shiny sticks and balls of string to play with.
I only knit 3, but ended up with 6, because I found 3 dishcloths in my knitting bag that I had made last year and never got around to weaving in the loose ends. It was just like when you put on a coat you haven’t worn in a while and you find some cash in the pocket. These 6 new cloths should be enough to get me through another year.
The green one you can see peeking out in the middle of the pile is a cotton/hemp yarn mix. I got a skein on a clearance rack, so I thought I’d give it a try to see if it was more absorbent or durable in any way. (If they make hemp out of rope, it must be pretty durable, right?)
I’m trying to decide if I’ll knit something else now, or just put the needles away until a specific need arises. I have a bunch of skeins of cotton yarn I got for 50 cents each at a thrift store, so I could make a bunch more washcloths for future gifts, but I’d hate to spend a bunch of time knitting them and then have them not get used by the recipient. I think people in general are pretty particular about what kind of scrubbie/sponge/dishcloth they prefer to use in the kitchen.
A few of the dishcloths I knitted last year got ripped. I tried just zig-zag stitching them back together on my machine, and they are holding up OK. I don’t know if its possible to mend them with more cotton yarn, sort of like what you do when you darn socks. (Has anyone tried this?) That might be an experiment for the future that would let me use up some of my cotton yarn scraps.
Speaking of scraps, do any of you save your bits of natural fiber scraps to set outside in the spring for the birds to use for their nest building? I know I read somewhere along the way about Soule Mama doing this (in her blog or one of her books, I can’t remember where), and it always appealed to me as a great way to recycle some of the tiniest scraps from the craft room floor. My yard is not such a popular place for birds because of my cat. However our neighbors have a front yard of native plants that attracts birds and other wildlife, so maybe I’ll take some over there this spring. I know the kids would love to see if we can find some nests with colorful bits of yarn woven throughout. Once when I was younger we found a nest in our backyard that had scraps of our dog’s hair in it, so I know its possible.
That reminds me, if you are looking for children’s books having to do with knitting, there is a Harry the dog book by Gene Zion called No Roses for Harry where Grandma knits a Harry a sweater he doesn’t like, so he lets a bird unravel the sweater and use the yarn to build its nest.
Sorry for sort of a rambling post today, but that’s just how it turned out.