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Old 02-15-2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by jinxnit55 View Post

I would make more, but knitting with cotton seems tough on my wrists. I'm sure I'll still do a few from time to time, though.
So e cottons are t as bad as others. I use Tahki Cotton Classic DK and I don't find it too bad. I think I use a size 5-6 needle. I don't like them too dense because they don't dry out.
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Old 02-16-2014, 04:57 PM   #12
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So e cottons are t as bad as others. I use Tahki Cotton Classic DK and I don't find it too bad. I think I use a size 5-6 needle. I don't like them too dense because they don't dry out.
That's good to know; thanks. I have only used good ol' Peaches and Cream, KnitPicks Dishie and HobbyLobby 'I Love This Cotton.' Oh yeah, Lion Brand, too. And maybe if I use metal needles it wouldn't be so bad. I think the combo of cotton and bamboo needles is just a little too friction-inducing?
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I do use metal needles with cotton. The yarn seems to slide better.

The cheaper yarns make sense since they are "just dishcloths", but I don't enjoy knitting with it. I also hate the way it fades and stains so I'll stick to the colorful Tahki.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:07 PM   #14
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That's interesting you've never heard of a dishcloth. I've known and used them my whole life and have lived in NY, PA, VA, ID, and UT. My parents were born and raised in northern NY. My grandmother loved knit dishcloths b/c they could be white - she loved to bleach EVERYTHING.
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I grew up in Bartow Florida and we called them dish rags also. I washed many dishes with a dish rag.. For the first 14 years of my life I had 2 sisters and 1 brother. Then when I turned 15 , my little sister was born. As she grew up, her old diapers were used as dish rags because they didn't leave lint on every thing.
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haha my parents are still using my old diapers to wash windows and the cars and dusting b/c they don't leave lint. When I decided to cloth diaper my guys I think my parents were disappointed to see "how far they've come" and that cloth diapers can no longer be repurposed for window cleaning and dusting.
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I think you can still buy some of the old fashioned ones can't you? My kids were cloth diapered and I used those old ones for windows and dusting for years!
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I grew up in the Northeast during World War II. Store-bought items were rare. If you needed something you generally made it and that included dishrags to wash the dishes and dishcloths to dry the dishes.
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I grew up in the Northeast during World War II. Store-bought items were rare. If you needed something you generally made it and that included dishrags to wash the dishes and dishcloths to dry the dishes.
My grandmother grew up during the depression, and that's what she described too. Nothing ever went to waste. I don't remember hand made dish towels, though. I'm sure she used those also, before my time. So many questions I should have asked her.
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I remember knitted cotton cloths for wiping counter tops in my childhood, but the cloths I knit now I would use as face cloths. They can also be used as plant stands - that's what my sister used one for that I had knitted for her, because it was 'too nice to use as a dish/wash cloth. You can also knit a smaller version and call it a coaster.

There are lots of dishcloth Yahoo groups, which are mainly KALs, with a new pattern posted twice a month for members to try out.

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