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Knitted Cotton Dishcloths

Nothing compares to a homemade cotton dishcloth. I am using a pattern I received from a friend probably 30 years ago and I have no idea where it originated from. I have tried a few different patterns over the years, but I always go back to this one. That is, until I came across directions for a 2 ply cotton one. (mine uses 4 ply) I didn’t have any 2 ply yarn, so I had the brilliant idea to separate my 4 ply. I had a partial skein and figured it would be enough to make one dishcloth. Well, 4 hours later and with the help of my son and husband, I got it separated. I don’t recommend this – it was a tangled, twisted challenge to say the least, but in an attempt to use what I had available, I made it work.  Once the yarn was separated, the actual knitting went very quickly and I like the weight of this dishcloth. It works equally well for wiping countertops or washing glasses.

Pattern #1     

                                                                   

 

 

 

Knitted Dishcloth (4 ply)

 

Need: 

1 ball or skein cotton yarn, 2.5 oz skein makes 2 cloths

#7 or #8 knitting needles

Directions:

Cast on 4 stitches

Row 1 – Knit

Row 2 – Knit 2, yarnover (YO), knit 2

Row 3 – Knit 2, YO, knit to end

Repeat row 3 until 47 stitches on needle

Decrease:

Knit 1, Knit 2 together, YO, knit 2 together, knit to end

continue until 4 stitches remain. Knit 2 together, knit 2 together, bind off.

Pattern #2

 

                                                  

  

 

Knitted Dishcloth (2 ply version)

Need:

#6 knitting needles

2 strand 100 % cotton yarn

Directions:

Cast on 37 stitches

Rows 1-4: Knit across

Row 5: Knit 3, purl across to last 3 stitches, Knit 3

Repeat rows 4 & 5 until size desired (I did 57 rows after the first 4 rows)

Last 4 rows (58-61): Knit across. Bind off.

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Getting Crafty

Whether it has been out of necessity or a desire to lessen my environmental footprint I have made a very conscience effort to waste less, reduce, reuse and recycle more. 

WASTE LESS/RECYCLE:  Three weeks ago I decided to see how little trash I could create. I  have always recycled paper, cardboard and most plastics, however I knew I could do better. The main thing was realizing how much trash is created by what we buy. It is unbelievable how much packaging there is for even one small item. I compost faithfully and what can’t go in the compost is either fed to the chickens or the dogs. I tend to feed the chickens first since they provide food for us but I can’t bring myself to feed them meat (especially chicken!) so if there is any meat scraps, these go to the dogs. It is still hard to know what to do with paper items that can’t be recycled, like butter cube wrapping, paper plates, used wax paper. Since we have a fireplace I just burn these things – which helps heat our living room too! Needless to say, in these last 3 weeks I have not even had one full kitchen garbage bag full of trash. Just a note: the paper plates, once gone, will no longer hold a place in our home much to the dismay of my husband. AND the paper towels – I didn’t use ANY for 2 weeks, but this past week have used a few. Some out of habit and I haven’t figured out how to blot cooked bacon without them. However, the paper towels that aren’t used for greasy things go into my compost bin so I don’t feel quite as guilty using them and I burn the greasy ones.

REDUCE/REUSE (repurpose):

I have been using reusable grocery bags for quite some time now, but hadn’t given a lot of thought to the plastic produce bags. It is such a habit (bad habit) to thoughtlessly grab these bags. So, I came across a use for old sheer curtains…..I made reusable produce bags. They are lightweight (.5 oz) and are see through enough to see what is in them.  I also made a ‘wallet size’ fabric shopping bag. It actually folds to wallet size so it fits in my purse, but when opened up it is full size. This is the most convenient item, since I usually forget to grab a bag from the back seat before I go into the store. The next thing was making bulk food bags. I searched the internet and all I found were sites to purchase bags. I couldn’t see spending money for something I knew I could make and I had the materials already.  

Bulk Bin Bags

Here are the bulk bin bags and the produce bag. The smaller bag has dry pasta in it and holds about 1 lb. The larger bag easily holds 2 lbs of dry kidney beans.

Wallet size shopping bag

Shopping Bag unfolded

Here is the shopping bag – folded and opened up.

Well not too bad on the creative side and with the holidays fast approaching these items may be on the gift giving list. Such a good way to use up my stashes of fabric and notions.

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