As you can see from the title, this week I’m talking about dishcloths and beans. An odd combination I know but that’s what I’ve been thinking about and who can fathom the way the human brain works?
THIS WEEK’S BOOK REVIEW
200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans by Jan Eaton. Go to the Book Reviews page to read it.
Sorry, no yarn review this week. Selby was taking a bath.
THE AMAZING HAND KNITTED OR CROCHETED DISHCLOTH
What is so amazing about a bloomin’ dishcloth?? And why on earth would you want to make one yourself when you can go the supermarket and get a pack of Chux or sponges for a couple of bucks? Am I taking the do-it-yourself thing a bit far? Actually, they have many, many redeeming qualities and there are very good reasons why you should bother to knit or crochet dishcloths.
1. If they are made from 100% cotton, you can wash them in very hot water to kill germs
2. You can wring the guts out of them after use and hang them on the tap to dry. They dry quickly and so germs can’t grow (germs like soggy sponges)
3. You can wash them in the washing machine over and over and over again and they will still look good
4. They last a very long time and so produce less waste than sponges or cloths that you need to throw away
5. When made using a textured stitch, the bumps on them help remove grime
6. They are very absorbent
7. They are much, much prettier than anything you can buy
8. You can make them to match your kitchen decor
9. They are very cheap, satisfying projects
10. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, they are an excellent way to start, being very simple to make
Well, I hope I have convinced you to make at least one dishcloth. The best way to do it though is to have stack of them. I currently have three in rotation; one being used, one in the wash and one in the drawer. I would rather have more. Now that the four below have been photographed, I can add them to the pile.
Go to the Patterns page for 4 different dishcloth patterns and suggested yarns. Or ignore me and just make a bordered square. It’s not rocket science.
Just thought I’d give you a photo of some beans I picked on Thursday. Partly to inspire you to grow some and partly to make you envious that we have beautiful beans and they are $8 a kilo in the shops. Ha ha.
Beans (both the dwarf and climbing varieties) don’t like it too hot or too cold so they are best grown in Autumn and Spring if you live in a temperate or Mediterranean climate. In late summer I poked some dwarf bean seeds in around my other summer veg. When the summer veg had finished and were pulled out, the beans were growing nicely. They produced very little until the weather cooled a little in April. I’m hoping they continue until June but that will only happen if there is no frost. I’ll put some more seed in in late Winter around the cabbages and caulis.
That’s is for this week. Get up off your couch and make something this week! Or at least read a good book. Sarah.