Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Praise of the Knitted Dishcloth

I went to the break room for lunch.  It was full of the employees who, like me, bring our lunches to save those greenbacks.  I, often, bring my knitting and that day I pulled out the dishcloth that I was working on - a good project for the break room as it is usually a place where conversations must be paid attention to or one misses the repartee of friendly ribbing (not the knitted kind!) among friends.  I pulled out the little swatchy piece.... answered the question, "What are you knitting, today?" and was met with incredulous stares.  "Why in the world would you knit a dishcloth?"

Many years ago (probably, at least 25) my friends Rita and Audrey both had these cloths in their possession. They were wonderfully nub-bly and absorbent and as a new knitter I could not figure out how they were knitted.  These are the best dishcloths that I have ever used.  I routinely have a drawer full of them waiting for their rotation when the old ones wear out.   Good old Lily Sugar and Cream yarn has proven to be the best and it is probably their original basic pattern that came to me as a hand written note....two hand written notes to be precise.  One of them, posted below and one of them from Rita's Aunt Kathleen oh so many, many years ago. Isn't it sweet that the writer included the little knitting abbreviations chart!  They are easy, quick, a great beginner project, make lovely little gifts for hostesses or housewarmings. They represent, to me, the simplest things of life that, although utilitarian, are filled with the art of the work of my hands.  One cannot make too many!

Today's Bible verse:
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, 
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."  Psalm 23:6

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