I have used knitted dish cloths for years for all the cleaning in our home. I always have one in the sink for dishes and I use them when I’m cleaning the floors and wiping down counters, etc. They’re incredibly sturdy, wash up beautifully and dry out really quickly, probably because they’re made with 100% cotton. My current stash is about 6 years old and when Amber of the Yarn Hoarder Podcast mentioned she was knitting one dish cloth per week this year, I thought it would be a good time to rejuvenate my collection.
I primarily use Sugar n’ Cream by Lily but also have Knit Picks Dishie in my stash. My go to pattern is Gramma’s Favorite (a free pattern on Ravelry), but today I was introduced to a new pattern called the Knitlist Lacy Round Dishcloth (also free) by Lyndagrace of the Joey’s Scarf podcast. Thanks Lynda. It took about 3 hours to knit and used up a total of one ounce of yarn. The skeins are about 2 oz so I’ll be able to get two dish cloths out of one skein.
*** Update on yesterday’s Make Madness | Wool Dryer balls.
After running them through a hot wash cycle and promptly drying them on high heat, I ended up with felted dryer balls. (see side by side comparison: left-before felting right-after felting) I then ran a load of laundry, and threw 3 dryer balls that had been scented with peppermint and lemon essential oils into the dryer with the laundry. I also reduced the usual drying time by 25% and was very happy with the results: no static cling, fresh scent and fully dry clothes.
And I filmed a quick video about the dryer balls and today’s project.
The dish cloth’s are nice and all, but Mindy just informed me that the dryer balls aren’t for playing with. I need some time to figure out how I feel about that.