My current work in progress:

Newlyn Jacket, by Jane Gottelier, knit from Rowan Original Denim, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

After the Storm

Miss Lucy and I did just fine during Hurricane Sandy. Thanks for all your good wishes. My electricity stayed on the whole time so I was able to log on and work from home on Monday and Tuesday. By late Tuesday afternoon I think Lucy was hoping I’d go to work as I was upsetting her normal routine. Today I was back in the office so she was able to return to her regular nap schedule.

Dishcloth Diva

Last week I received a review copy of this book: Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham.

The book is available as an ebook and in hardcopy from Cooperative Press. I was sent an ebook to review.

This is a book of (you guessed it) dishcloth patterns, twenty of them. There is a nice Foreword written by Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting, who freely admits that she loves knitting dishcloths. There are many great reasons to knit them: they are portable, they are quick, they are a great way to try out new stitch patterns, and they make great gifts.

(Stuck for a holiday gift idea? Knit up a dishcloth/washcloth, wrap it around a nice bar of scented soap and tie with a ribbon!)

In the book there is a nice discussion about cotton yarn: pros and cons, differences in cotton yarns, etc. Then we get to the patterns. As I mentioned above, there are twenty patterns. They are divided into 4 categories: Knotty or Nice, Lines, Rib It, and Texture. On the publisher’s website here you can see photos of all the patterns. Several different cotton yarns are used (from Tahki Stacy Charles, Universal Yarns, Knit One, Crochet Two, KnitPicks, Malabrigo, and Classic Elite) , but you could of course substitute a different cotton yarn for the one used in a particular pattern. Each pattern is written out line by line — there are no charts.

It’s a nice little book (64 pages long) with lovely full-color photos of the dishcloths and well-written knitting instructions. You can purchase the ebook only for $9.95 or the ebook and the hardcopy both for $15.95 from Cooperative Press — see the link above.

Cooperative Press has authorized me to give away a copy of the ebook to one of my readers. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing for the e-copy of  Dishcloth Diva, leave a comment on this blog post. Do not email me, do not use the “Contact Me” link at the top of the page (which sends me an email). It may seem like I am harping on this, but on every single giveaway I get multiple emailed entries. The number I pick at random is from the number of comments — I can easily do this from within WordPress, so emails are not counted. The link to leave a comment is right below the title of the blog post, which is “After the Storm.” Please do not email me aski8ng how to leave a comment. You need to figure it out if you want to be entered in the drawing!  😉

Anyway, please leave a comment by noon Eastern time next Sunday, November 4, 2012. I’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a comment at random at that time. Thanks!

Lucy sez:

Happy Halloween!



  1. I have found memories of my Grandma knitting dishclothes out of sugar and creme cotton yarn. I still have some of them, even though she passed 7 years ago. They last forever!

  2. Thank you so much Wendy. So glad you made it through Sandy alright. Say hi to Lucy for me.

  3. Glad you made it through the storm! I’d like to try some new dishcloths.

  4. Anna Housholder says:

    I am glad to hear you and Lucy made it through the storm alright. Yes, I love to knit washcloths. This book would come in handy.

  5. Judy Comfort says:

    Dear Miss Lucy
    So glad you made it through the storm and that you have your house back to yourself. The storm was a non-storm here where i live but my mom & I curled up and knitted waiting for it to come by. I got lots of sleep next to her.

    Dolly the Cairn Terrier

  6. Glad you made through yet another storm…and, I love the knitting dishcloths concept. Maybe I will get lucky?

  7. I’ve never made a dishcloth before, but I’d love to learn from a good book.

  8. I love dishclothes and could definitly use some new patterns to make up some Christmas gifts.

  9. linda-kaye says:

    What a great giveaway! Dishcloths are my favorite small project. Thanks to you Wendy and Cooperative Press for the opportunity!

  10. Nancy Clark says:

    I’d love to have this book!

  11. Catherine S. says:

    I like knitting dishcloths, and prefer using pure linen.

  12. They make great gifts…I’d love the new book.

  13. I started knitting some cotton dishcloths one day and I liked the way they turned out so much that I ended up making enough to sew together for a patchwork cotton blanket. 🙂

  14. So-o-o happy that all is well with you and Lucy! Thank goodness! Thanks too for the chance to you and publisher to win a wonderful teaching book. :o)

  15. Would love a copy. Thanks.

  16. I love a gooddishcloth

  17. Deborah in CA says:

    Washcloths. I need washcloths.

  18. Cool book! It always amazes me to find more creative patterns for dish/face cloths. the ones in this book are really neat!

    Glad you “weathered” the storm Wendy and Lucy!

  19. I make several dishcloths a year and hand them out to many people. It would be nice to have more patterns from which to choose to use all my Peaches n Cream.

  20. I love knitting dishcloths as a “carry along” project when my main project isn’t portable. Besides, they make great gifts and I like to have a nice set for myself as well. Would love to win this book!

  21. I love knitting dishclothes and this would be great timing for Christmas knitting 🙂
    Annette´s last blog post ..Stars of the New Millennium – Marilyn

  22. Lynne in Florida says:

    So glad to know you and Lucy weathered the storm (I know – sorry!) and are getting back to normal.

  23. Oooh, I bought some cotton yarn for dishcloths but have not actually done anything with it yet. This book would be awesome!

  24. I loves to knit the dishies.. Pick me.

  25. Dishcloths are my take-along-anywhere choice. I usually have needles and cotton stuffed into my purse ‘just in case’. I’d be delighted with a book of new patterns!

  26. I’m so glad you and Lucy are safe and sound and doing well. You were in my thoughts!

    Thanks for the chance at the Dishcloth Diva book.

  27. Angela E . says:

    Interesting patterns for such a simple little item!

  28. What a cute collection of patterns! They look like lots of fun for quick projects. Please do pick me, Mr. Random Number Generator. 🙂

  29. I don’t just love dishcloths, I lurv them. So I’d be very excited to be chosen!

  30. Knitting dishcloths is great fun! That’s how I learned, and I still fall back to knitting facecloths as my default project when I have nothing else going on (fine weight of cotton on small needles). Dishcloths are handy, and handmade dishcloths are far more scrubby and useful than regular store-brand dishcloths, provided you have a good weave and it’s not too loosely lacy. This book sounds great!

  31. We had a rough night during the storm but nowhere near as rough as the poor souls in NJ. I’m always looking for new patterns for dishcloths since I give lots away for Christmas. Sounds like a great book… Ciao
    Rositta´s last blog post ..Happy Thanksgiving

  32. These washcloths would be perfect to knit on my subway commute.
    Glad you and Lucy are safe after Sandy.

  33. I like knitting dishcloths because they are just kind of mindless and soothing. If I’m frusturated with one of my socks I’ll work on a dishcloth! Thanks for passing on the give away!

  34. So glad that you all are safe and sound. I know some family and friends that need new dishcloths 🙂

  35. Ellen Perry says:

    I love making dishcloths please pick me!

  36. Great prezzie generator!

  37. LaVelle Nott says:

    I am so glad to hear you and Lucy have weathered the storm. I am happy to also sign up for another giveaway.

  38. Ruthie A. says:

    I’m so glad you posted that you are safe and fine. I was wondering how you fared the storm.

    Hmmm. Dishcloths. Not what I’d normally knit but my arthritic hands are getting too painful and stiff to handle smaller needles for lace or socks. If I were to win this book, I would definitely increase my repertoire to include dishcloths. Good idea for Christmas gifts, too.

  39. Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for offering the drawing.

  40. There is nothing more satisfying that having a hot shower and using the expensive shower gel on a beautiful handmade cloth. Or wiping little faces using a soft cloth made just for them. Or looking out the window washing the dishes with a purposeful cloth. Just need some patterns to knit. 🙂

  41. I bought a whole bunch of yarn to make dischcloths, just need some motivation to get started. Glad you’re safe!

  42. Love the idea of a dishcloth pattern book! Thank you for another great give-away. – Good to hear that Sandy was relatively kind to you.

  43. I enjoy making dishcloths and my family enjoys receiving them so I’m always up for new patterns.

  44. Would love to win this! 🙂

  45. I am always looking for new dishcloth patterns! They’re fun and quick to knit up!

  46. This would be an ideal book prior to Christmas – guess what all my friends and relatives would be getting as presents? Dishies!

  47. Pick me! Pick me! I love to knit dishcloths!

  48. I am a new knitter. I have mastered one dishcloth pattern. It would be great o learn more from this book!

  49. Dishcloths are so much fun, pick me, please.

  50. Glad you made it through the storm unscathed. Also, I’d love this book!

  51. penny rongo says:

    I would love to be entered in the dishcloth eBook giveaway. Enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with Lucy’s antics. Glad you made it through Sandy safe and sound. Looking forward to the next blog installment.

  52. Dishcloths are the perfect project to take on my commuter bus ride into DC each day!
    Sue K´s last blog post ..Back to School!

  53. What a great resource for information…quick gifts…basic stitch patterns to practice…all kinds of uses…

  54. Charmaine says:

    Glad you all weathered Sandy. We just received wind. I would like
    To win this book! Done dishcloths in the past.

  55. I enjoy knitting dishcloths & would love to win a copy of this book!

  56. I, too, love knitting dish/wash cloths, especially when I’m at the beach. Please enter me in the drawing, and thanks for the opportunity!
    Rose´s last blog post ..Happyween!

  57. Dishcloths are the perfect traveling project, can never have enough to give as gifts. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  58. I am glad you and Lucy stayed safe from Sandy. I would love to receive the ebook.
    I love to make dishcloths for gifts with a nice bottle of pretty scented soap.
    Thank you Wendy for the chance to get this nice book.

  59. I enjoy the fun knit that washcloths are. They are then great in the kitchen and for a quick gift.

  60. Hi,

    I would love to win this. Dishcloths were a great practice for me as I learned how to knit. I love knitting dishcloths and using them! Thanks!

  61. Catherine Fessenden says:

    i’m making dishcloths by request again this Christmas and could use some inspiration!!

  62. I just started knitting dish cloths again! They’re quickly turning into my “leave in the car for when you have time to kill” projects!

  63. Shirley Picardi says:

    WIth 260 entries already, I probably don’t stand a chance, but I would love to win this book! Thanks for your interesting blog posts.

  64. Always nice to have something quick to knit. The book sounds like fun.

  65. Beautiful! I’d love ton win!!

  66. I’m so glad to hear you weathered Sandy without ill effects! And that Lucy will have her haunts back to herself soon 🙂
    I’ve been wanting to try making dishcloths and adding straps to turn them into fun baby bibs 🙂

  67. I like to keep a supply of dishcloths/washcloths on hand to give as gifts. They make great hostess gifts when you travel – don’t take up much room in your suitcase!

  68. I think it’s always a good idea to have a small “ready for gifting” item like this on hand. I’m all in!!

  69. Seems to me dishcloths would make great swatches if using cotton yarn. Would love this eBook. Pick me, please!

  70. I’d like a copy
    Saren Johnson´s last blog post ..So True

  71. Sherry B. says:

    Love the looks of this book. Nice variety of patterns. Mom and I both would use this! Thanks for sharing!

  72. I’m glad you’re okay after the storm.

    That looks like a fun book. Please throw my name into the imaginary hat.

  73. Betty Jo Franzen says:

    I enclude a couple of dishclothes in our baskets that we give at christmas time. Everyone seems to like them and use them. I can always use new patterns.

  74. Stardancer says:

    Me, please! What a fun little book!

  75. LUV for dishcloth knitting, I has it!! Although I don’t care to work anything larger in cotton; unless I can work it in dishcloth-sized squares over an extended period. Cotton is rather inelastic and a bit hard on the knobby ol’ hands. I’ve suggested dish- or washcloth knitting as good first projects for new knitters — they go quick, so good for “instant” gratification!
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Not quite last minute jitters

  76. Dishcloths as starter projects for beginners…what a great idea. When I’ve started the grandkids on scarves they get discouraged because they take too long to finish. This book sounds just the ticket!

  77. Cyndy Norton says:

    Looks like a great book!! Love making dishcloths as gift!!

  78. Glad you made it through with power. We were watching the Sandy drama unfold from Florida and remember just how bad it can be. To win the book would be sweet especially since I have some unemployed cotton hanging around the house.

  79. I’m sure I need more dishcloth patterns. Doesn’t everyone.

  80. Homemade dishcloths are the best for cleaning!
    Helen´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday – Halloween

  81. Margo White says:

    I just love making dish cloths. Nice portable knitting.

  82. I hope Lucy gets her sleep caught up. -e

  83. Venice Smith says:

    I love trying out new stitch patterns, and I love another way to use up leftover yarn.

  84. I love dishcloth patterns.

  85. Wendy Peterson says:

    I’m glad you had no problems with Sandy. It is a terrible disaster. I would love the Dishcloth Diva if the gods of luck are with me.
    Thanks, Wendy

  86. I am glad to hear that you and Lucy survived the storm with little discomfort. The ebook on dishclothes sounds like a fun find. I would love to receive it if I am the lucky number!

    Have a wonderful day.

  87. Glad you weathered the storm with electricity! Dishcloths are a nice change of pace for some quick knitting. I did a bunch last year, but I have a lot of leftover yarn that could be made into more…

  88. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book. I’m a “Dishwashing by Hand Diva”. The photo’s of the dishcloths are lovely.

  89. Super cute! I love knitting dishcloths

  90. What a fun giveaway!! Dishcloths are great!

  91. Marsha C. says:

    Glad to hear you were safe through that awful storm.
    This book looks great! If I don’t win it, I will have to buy it! Thanks for another fun giveaway.

  92. I would love to learn some new dish cloth patterns. I see the potential for a blanket in this book.
    Thanks Wendy and Lucy!

  93. Amanda Rae says:

    These would be great holiday gifts!

  94. I also freely admit I love knitting dishcloths. This book looks lovely.
    Glad you and Lucy weathered the storm!

  95. Love dishcloth knitting for roadtrips. The book sounds like a great one for the ipad.
    Glad you and Lucy survived Sandy.

  96. Cloths do make neat stocking-stuffers for your adult children, nieces, etc. And I could use new patterns, so please pick me!!!

  97. So glad you made it through the storm ok ….Lucy of course too:)
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  98. Thanks for a chance to win this cute book!

  99. Patricia in OH says:

    This book looks like fun. I would love to win it! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  100. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    Love those knitted wsh cloths — they are so soft and gentle.