WIP Wednesday: Knitted Dishcloths, form meets function

I finally have a couple of finished products to showcase!  I finished two knitted washcloths this morning.  Here are the beauty shots:

Knit Pick’s organic cotton – cable-y goodness

Peaches N Cream cotton yarn – I love the blue stripes! So cheerful!

 Dishcloths are the perfect “quick” knit and easy to pick up and put down when you have distractions (like a toddler!). 

Recently I was reminded of how icky kitchen sponges are. I don’t remember exactly where I read this fact but did you know that kitchen sponges can be one of the dirtiest and germiest places in your house? They are right up there with the remote control.  Gross!  You are supposed to de-germ-ify your sponges every day but that’s not something I’ve ever been in the habit of doing. 

The great thing about cotton dishcloths (especially handknit ones!) is that they are durable, easy to toss in the wash and more environmentally friendly!  And they are pretty!  Form, meet Function! 🙂 I’m planning on making many more.  My goal is to have at least seven for the kitchen (one for every day of the week) and then seven for my bathroom so I can toss the poof (another germy item) in the trash. I think it might be difficult to convince DH to replace his poof (wonder if there is a way to knit or crochet one – there must be!) but I’ll be working on him next. 😉 

This project fits well into some of my personal finance goals as well: 

Dishcloths can be used to wipe down the counters, the baby after a meal, and they have a multitude of household uses. This equates to less use of paper towels, baby wipes and those swiffer duster things I buy. I’d love to become a greener, zero paper towel household (again, would need to get DH on board with this). 

These dishcloths are knit with cotton from my stash of yarn.  Folks, I have a HUGE bin and several plastic bags full of yarn in my daughter’s closet. It’s accepted in knitting (and I’m assuming sewing and other crafting) culture (I know, it sounds ridiculous that there is such a thing as “knitting culture” but there is!!) to have stashes of supplies. On Ravelry (a knitting/crochet website) people even post photos of their massive stashes like it’s something to be proud of!  But I can’t judge too much – I used to drool over those stash pictures and purchase yarn like crazy – I love yarn! And I love knitting!  (I even went to a conference in Portland on JUST sock knitting). 

Today, I truly have so much yarn that it would take me YEARS to knit through it all. Also, yarn is not cheap.  Yes you can buy it cheap at Michael’s or other big box craft stores (and the cotton I’m using for my dishcloths is actually really inexpensive) but most of my skeins are from specialty yarn stores with delicious blends of fibers like wool, silk, alpaca, cashmere . . . you get the picture. I’m cut off. No more yarn until I’ve used up what I’ve got! 

So there you have it, knitted dishcloths – what are the good for? Absolutely everything! 🙂 Tell me, what do you use to wash your dishes? Washcloths, sponges, or something else?

Peace and love, Margie