Sometimes I feel like I am positively going to burst open with creative project ideas in my head. There are just so many patterns to try, pretty products to play with, new craft ideas that catch my interest and then there’s the little chore of staying on track with those big creative projects that I’ve already started.
I feel like I’ve finally found my rhythm with all of this crafty business though and am actually staying on track with all of my works in progress. This year I really want to focus on extending my knitting skills that little bit further, with fancy stitches and techniques, and I decided the best way to do this would be with pretty patterns in knitted dishcloths.
So, I’m going to try and knit one dishcloth a week, for the next four weeks. I know that some people could never imagine using something so pretty to wash the dishes or wipe down the benches with, but once you get over the fear of staining the dishcloth, you become a bit addicted to them. They’re so nice to wash with and I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather wash up with something that’s made with love, than a ratty old cloth made in a factory. We do have quite a few of those ratty old cloths though and I use them for cleaning the bathroom, toilet and other things like that. Actually I will probably pop these new dishcloths away in my handmade gift box, ready for later in the year.
Incase you’d like to play along too, the pattern I’m using for my first cloth is called Leaf Lace Washcloth, by Jan Eaton. You’ll need to be a Ravelry member to view the pattern and it’s a freebie too. How good are free patterns on the internet? People are so kind to take the time to write out a pattern for everybody to use and then publish it for free. So, so good! I’m using some lovely Debbie Bliss DK cotton, that I bought last year from Jellywares. It feels so soft and it’s really nice to knit with too.
The pattern scared me a bit, but really when you break it down it is just a series of knit and purl stitches, with a few ‘yarn overs’ and some knitting of two stitches together here and there. Easy peasy, so long as I don’t lose concentration mid row.
Who knows, I might be inspired and keep knitting a dishcloth a week for longer than a month. Maybe you will too and then at the end of the year we’ll have a big stash of dishcloths to bundle up as gifts for friends and family. Or maybe I’ll stop at four, I’m not sure, so let’s just see how I go.
It feels good to be dipping my toes into lots of creative goodness already this year.
P.S. I’ll add a hashtag to my dishcloths on instagram, incase you want to play and share too – #dishclothaweek and if you’d like to follow me on instagram, my username is #onecraftymumma.