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sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:07 pm    Post subject: How many dischcloths is enough? Reply with quote
    

My small current adjustment to Life As We Know It in the sally-household is to move away from habitually buying the odd packet of sponge scrubby things for the dishes and go completely over to knitted dischcloths. For about a year now its been 50:50, the odd sponge scourer still appears but mostly its dishcloths.

Anyway, I'm planning on refreshing my stack of cloths and maybe making some complete sets for friends for midwinter prezzies this year- so, how many dishcloths is enough?

I'm currently thinking about 7 is good, one a day and assuming I do laundry at least once a week we shouldnt run out, which leads me to suspect full and luridly coloured rainbow sets of cloths may feature highly in our gifting this year.

Those of you who are entirely on dishcloths now, how many is about right? I know its so easy to keep making new designs, but I'm thinking functional here more than anything.

Fee



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Have you got a recipe for them?

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Goes and peers in to dishcloth (and t-cosy) drawer and does a quick count. There are 5 + one with a ladder in it which will probably get composted shortly + 1 in the sink. And I've 2 in the knitting basket I just need to sew ends in to.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fee wrote:
Have you got a recipe for them?


um, cast on about 30ish stitches, knit garter stitch til its square, cast off.

There are beautiful ones out there but I like plain for scrubbing dishes and surfaces

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm wondering whether to make some slightly larger ones for bathroom cleaning (and keep them separate of course)

alice



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I am toying with knitting black or navy ones for bathroom cleaning - easy to distinguish between.
I knit colourful ones for dishwashing - I have dozens but stupidly find myself keeping the nicest ones 'for best'
I have knitted them for 'gifts'. The recipients fall into two distinct categories, some love them and ask for more as they wear out, the rest think I have too much time on my hands ( I wish...)
I gave my sister some jolly striped 'strawberries and cream' coloured ones and she had to bleach them before she used them because she couldn't get past the 'white is clean' thing So she won't be getting any more!

happytechie



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fee wrote:
Have you got a recipe for them?


buy ball of string

buy new needles for it

cast on 30 stitches or so

knit 4 rows

leave lying around in the lounge for 3 or 4 years

n



Joined: 07 Jun 2005
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Location: Lothian
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fee wrote:
Have you got a recipe for them?


type "dishcloth" into the ravelry pattern finder!

or try

this

this

or this

or my favourite... this

or you have to knit this one, as a downsizer/vegetabley person !!!

n

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Attempt to knit something ambitious.
Get very bored/lost in the pattern/fed up
cast off
present sink with new dishcloth (and poke HappieTecchie with the knitting needle!)

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

That reminds me, I've got a very clever pan scraper - its really just a rounded bit of plastic, but it lasts much better that those scrubby sponge things, and would complement sustainable dishcloths nicely. I also knitted pan scrubs out of sisal string, for the complete sustainable washing up experience......

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 08 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

happytechie wrote:
Fee wrote:
Have you got a recipe for them?


buy ball of string

buy new needles for it

cast on 30 stitches or so

knit 4 rows

leave lying around in the lounge for 3 or 4 years


Well if you will keep buying her gin what do you expect?

Sarah D



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 08 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have 26 or so, but I go through a few in a day. My bathroom cloths are all made of the same darkish blue cotton, so stay in the bathroom, rather than the kitchen. I knit 2 or 3 a month, so have a good turn over; I like all sorts of patterns, stripey ones, etc, the round ones on 4 or 5 needles being the current favourite.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 08 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've tried to always knit mine in a cotton DK type yarn so they compost when holey but do some of you use other yarn?

marigold



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 08 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I must be an awful slut, I only have two dishcloths in the kitchen and they get washed with the tea towels once a fortnight or so . I do use sponge scourers for washing up though. Spose I really ought to crochet some scrunchy things to replace them...

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 08 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Always 100% cotton, or they won't compost properly; also better performance as dishcloths.

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