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Tamar Dohel
01-16-2007, 04:45 AM
I enjoy knitting dishcloths but am not sure I'd like to ruin them with use.

What do you guys use them for except gifts?

Or do you just keep them for show?

Tamar

Yarnlady
01-16-2007, 08:48 AM
IMHO, part of knitting is making utilitarian items, not just showy items. :teehee: I knit dishcloths to use and to give as gifts. Use doesn't ruin them, any more than a child wearing out a hand knitted blanket or sweater by loving it too much. :lol: And as they only take a little while to make, the time investment isn't that great that if they get used up, one can't make another. I find it takes years, though, to use them up even with daily use.

I have one hand knitted cloth on the counter to catch the drips from my coffee pot when pouring and one draped over the bar between the sinks that is used when washing dishes, cleaning couters and wiping the table. I soak both in a mild bleach solution and interestingly enough the yellow one has never faded. If I had a dishwasher I'd put them in the last cycle of the day to clean them.

ChroniclesofYarnia
01-16-2007, 08:56 AM
I'm at the point where almost all my dishcloths are handknit. I absolutely LOVE them. I just recently made a 1200 mile move away from all my friends and, and missed out Christmas dishcloth swap. They sent me a box of dishcloths, and now when I use the cloth from that person I pray for them.

There is nothing better than useful knitting. Oh, and you will have to work hard to ruin a knit dishcloth. They are workhorses. If you make them out of linen they will outlast cockroaches.

Cristy
01-16-2007, 10:01 AM
They sent me a box of dishcloths, and now when I use the cloth from that person I pray for them.

That is so sweet and thoughtful--I'd have never thought of such a good reminder--your friends are lucky to have you!!



If you make them out of linen they will outlast cockroaches.

that's an interesting way of putting it....cockroaches scare me!!! :)



I have never gotten into knitting dishclothes although the thought did hit me that making washcloths might be a good housewarming gift for some friends that are about to buy a house nearby. Maybe I can find out what color their bathroom will be....I can't think of anyone who would like dishcloths other than maybe my parents and grandmother and they all live in the same house....

Nikki
01-16-2007, 12:20 PM
Oh Tamar, don't use them! If you do you'll never use any other and then you will have to make yourself about a dozen, then friend and family and then.......more yarn stash to keep. It's a slippery slope. :teehee:

Jan in CA
01-16-2007, 02:27 PM
I use mine and so do the others I've given them, too. As long as you aren't using them for scrubbing cleanser like Barkeeper's Friend or Comet they seem to last a long time! I love them!

The cotton comes in many pretty colors which makes knitting them fun, but I have discovered that they do stain so I'll probably stick to "stain colors" like brown ombre or a variegated brown color. :teehee:

Oh and don't bleach them... :doh:

newamy
01-16-2007, 04:59 PM
I make them, I use them, I give them away. Recipients think they are too pretty to use...

I :heart: dishcloths!!

auburnchick
01-16-2007, 05:06 PM
I've made two dishclothes from the Mason Dixon knitting book. I LOVE these!! Even my daughter, who I'm not cool enough to be around most days, likes them.

One of the biggest reasons I started knitting (as opposed to cross-stitching, which I did for years) was the practicality of it.

Jeremy
01-16-2007, 06:19 PM
One of the great things about dishcloths is they are quick and cheap. I used them to practice Continental stitch before I switched over. Who cares whether they are sloppily knit if you're wipeing egg off a frying pan with them. :shrug:

newamy
01-16-2007, 06:20 PM
I've made two dishclothes from the Mason Dixon knitting book. I LOVE these!!

I've made lots of Mason Dixon Ball Bands. The round ones are harder but I've managed it. Such a fun book.

losnana
01-16-2007, 08:13 PM
Oh and don't bleach them... :doh:

I've bleached mine with no problem. They're made from Peaches n Cream, and the instructions said not to bleach. Mine had reached the point that bleaching could not make it look worse. Stains came out with no problem and no fading, although it was a relatively light blue.

Tamar Dohel
01-17-2007, 09:46 AM
Thanks everyone!

I love your answers.

Keep them coming. :heart:

Tamar

Jan in CA
01-17-2007, 02:45 PM
Oh and don't bleach them... :doh:

I've bleached mine with no problem. They're made from Peaches n Cream, and the instructions said not to bleach. Mine had reached the point that bleaching could not make it look worse. Stains came out with no problem and no fading, although it was a relatively light blue.

Really!? That's good to know. Maybe I'll brave the local Walmart :zombie: and try some Peaches n Cream. Thanks for the info.

cgd
01-17-2007, 05:20 PM
I love to make dishcloths, both for practicing stitches (both knit and crochet) and for making gifts. They were perfect last fall for doing during my son's soccer practice in time for Christmas. I use them too and wonder what I did without them. I also just love the feel of working with cotton yarn. Peaches and Cream and Sugar and Cream are so much fun to knit and crochet. I warn you though: making dishcloths is addictive!

losnana
01-17-2007, 06:38 PM
I warn you though: making dishcloths is addictive!

Isn't everything about knitting addictive?

vaknitter
01-18-2007, 12:23 AM
I know I'm a little slow gettting to this but hey, I was knitting new dishcloths !! I started knitting dishcloths for my garndmother while in high school and for years that was all I could knit. She wanted 100% cotton and all white so she could clorox them...yes, I know other colors seem to bleach well, but for grandma dishcloths, towels, and underwear had to be white and bleachable.

I absolutely love knit dishcloths and that's all I use. I have 4-5 in the drawer at any given time. I bleach them, throw them in the washing machine with towels.... I almost wish they would wear out faster so I could make new ones. Just finally had to knit my mother new ones when I saw her poor ole stretched out ones at Christmas.

Tamar Dohel
01-18-2007, 08:41 AM
Well, I'm really pleased that I can knit dishclothes forever because I'm probably already addicted.

But, I'm afraid that my addiction won't last for long because I can't get either Peaches'n creme nor Surgar'n cream. The nearest yarn is a slightly thinner high quality, highly priced 100% cotton ($5 for 150m). I've already bought a couple of balls to do an illusion dishcloth but I'll have to give it to someone special and I don't know if I'll be able to afford buying any more these in the future.

My next-door-neighbour is going to NYC for a couple of weeks very soon so may be I can get a special delivery from her.

I'd like to try organic cotton too.

Tamar

niffer
01-18-2007, 09:06 AM
Have you tried Ebay for peaches n cream?

I'm in the UK, and I know there are a couple on sale over here (although the postage may make it not worth the effort) but there may be some over there too.

I have a question about gifting dishcloths - I want to make my mother in law a set of kitchenware for her birthday in april, but is it appropriate? Is it not like giving her work to do? :teehee:

Tamar Dohel
01-18-2007, 01:37 PM
Niffer,

You could probably do her a set with a towel and a soap wrap and may be even a bath mitten.

Where are you from in south Wales? I've been to Port Talbort and Swansey and I loved it there. The welsh are lovely. (The ones I've met)

Tamar

Jan in CA
01-18-2007, 01:57 PM
I'm going to try this one next!
Garerlac Dishcloth (http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html)

I hope you can find some inexpensive cotton for the dishcloths!

Ariane100
01-18-2007, 02:02 PM
Ok, so I gotta ask: what's so great about using knitted dishcloths? Doesn't all the dirt get trapped between the stitches? I don't know, my first reaction is "Yuck" but they seem to be so popular, there has to be something I don't get.

Ariane

brendajos
01-18-2007, 02:06 PM
well that's why you wash them. I don't have much interest in making them for some reason but my mother would be delighted if i did. my grandmother used to make all of her dishclothes for her but mom stopped using them when she was down to the last couple because she wanted to keep them. She wants me to make them for her so she can start using them again but i can't get excited about it. and i have about 1 millllllllllllyun balls of sugar n cream too. *sigh*

niffer
01-18-2007, 02:26 PM
Where are you from in south Wales? I've been to Port Talbort and Swansey and I loved it there. The welsh are lovely. (The ones I've met)

Tamar, I live in Quakers Yard, a little village about 40 minutes drive from Swansea, but nearer to Cardiff - the Welsh are lovely, but I'm actually English, I came here for Uni and kind of got stuck!

Thanks for the tip about the towel and soap wrap. I may just do that!
:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

newamy
01-18-2007, 02:30 PM
Ok, so I gotta ask: what's so great about using knitted dishcloths? Doesn't all the dirt get trapped between the stitches? I don't know, my first reaction is "Yuck" but they seem to be so popular, there has to be something I don't get.

Knitted dishcloths hold up longer than a store bought kind. The store bought ones are usually these thin flimsy things or the terry cloth type. Cotton yarns come in an aray of fun colors. When knitting them the colors are fun, you get something useful, and they are fast so that instant gratification need is fulfilled. You can also practice new stitch patterns on them and get a pretty design into the bargain. If your design doesn't look right, you still have a functional dishcloth. Even when the colors do fade, they still fulfill their dischloth function. It's actually better to use dish cloth in general instead of a sponge. Dishcloths get washed (and some folks bleach them) to get rid of bacteria. A sponge sits on your counter and grows all sorts of nastys. :ick:

cookworm
01-18-2007, 02:52 PM
I've never knitted dishcloths, but I'd like to give it a try.

I hope this isn't a dumb question... :oops: ...but can you use the same patterns for face cloths as you do for dish cloths?

These would make nice gifts I think. It would be fun to make dish/face cloths for family members with their favorite hobbies and interests on them. I hadn't realized there were so many different patterns out there!

How many dishcloths can you get out of one ball of yarn? (say maybe a 95 yard ball)

Hand-knitted dishcloths work better than the ones you buy at the store? Are they too thick to get into glasses to clean? :??

auburnchick
01-18-2007, 03:14 PM
I hope this isn't a dumb question... ...but can you use the same patterns for face cloths as you do for dish cloths?

I don't see why not. My dishcloths are super soft. In fact, I knit my first one at a soccer game that was two and a half hours from my home. My son (12yo, mind you) loved the texture so much he used it to wrap around the seat belt near his face so he could nap on the way home without the seat belt cutting into his face.

How many dishcloths can you get out of one ball of yarn? (say maybe a 95 yard ball)

I'm not sure about the exact number...would depend on your gauge, finished size, etc. But, from what I've done, the yarn seems to go a long way.

Dishcloths are really a great, quick, easy thing to whip up. Go ahead...try it!!

Tamar Dohel
01-18-2007, 03:22 PM
Niffer,

Just surfing the net and came across this page. Just to give you some more ideas.

http://www.knitwitts.com/item/220_X_Quilt_Lovers_Bath_Set/4197/p36

Tamar

niffer
01-18-2007, 03:47 PM
Thats Brilliant,

Thanks Tamar, :hug: :hug:

I LOVE the hearts one.

I'm feeling like I've hijacked the post a bit :oops:

niffer
01-18-2007, 03:49 PM
Thats Brilliant,

Thanks Tamar, :hug: :hug:

I LOVE the hearts one.

I'm feeling like I've hijacked the post a bit :oops:

newamy
01-18-2007, 04:57 PM
I'm going to try this one next!
Garerlac Dishcloth

Jan, I meant to say, I've made several of those and they are deceptively easy and fast.

Jan in CA
01-18-2007, 05:00 PM
I'm going to try this one next!
Garerlac Dishcloth

Jan, I meant to say, I've made several of those and they are deceptively easy and fast.

Thanks! Good to know....and I'll know where to go for help if I need it! :teehee: