My current work in progress:

Kenmare, by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softknit Cotton, using 4mm and 4.5mm 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. What lovely patterns in that book! I can see knitting them up in a linen or flax yarn as spa cloths.

  2. Pam Gardner says:

    I would love to win the book as I adore knitting dish cloths!

  3. thank you for this giveaway (and so many others!)

  4. The patterns look great. I’d love a chance to win!

  5. hawknitr13 says:

    i will need to update my dishcloth collection in my kitchen drawer!! this would be great!
    ^)^ linda

  6. Gina in the San Francisco Bay Area says:

    I’m so glad you weathered Superstorm Sandy with little disruption except to Lucy’s nap schedule. I feel so bad for all of those people in Jersey who lost everything. I’m considering your gift suggestion of dishcloths & scented soaps for my coworkers and would love some nice patterns in time for our holiday celebration

  7. Thanks 🙂

  8. I would love the book! I have just recently discovered how fun it is to knit dishcloths.

  9. This would be a great book to give my mom as a pressie. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  10. Nancy Clark says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  11. Some very fancy patterns for dishcloths! I’d love to try them. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Wendy.
    Debbie M´s last blog post ..TAST Week 43

  12. I would love to get a copy of this book. I have 4 different teachers to make gifts for this holiday and I had planned on the cloth/soap route. This would be great to get some new ideas.

  13. dishclothes and homemade goat’s milk soap…such a luxury!!

  14. My best friend and knitting buddy loves to make dish clothes so I would like this book to peruse and then give to her. Glad you had elec. the whole storm…makes you really grateful doesn’t it?

  15. Would love to win the book! Glad you were unscathed by Hurricane Sandy.

  16. Do I still get a chance at the giveaway if I admit that instead of using these patterns for dishcloths I make what I like to refer to as “spa washcloths”! I use soft organic cotton and they are great for those infrequent occasions when there is time for scented bath gel or handmade soap.

  17. Looks like a book I would enjoy. I do knit dishcloths! Barbara

  18. Mallory Smith says:

    I hope I get chosen.

  19. Yay! I’ve been looking for some newer patterns. Thanks for posting this.

  20. Marylyn Sidle says:

    Would love to win the book. At my age, I’m ready for smaller, quicker to finish projects!

  21. I love to make dishcloths. They are great subway knitting, you can finish one in a short time, and people love to get them as gifts. And, having stockpiled cotton yarn, they can be made from stash. What’s not to like?

  22. I want to knit some pretty dishcloths — great idea for Christmas!

  23. judyleeknits says:

    Hi Wendy. So glad you made it safely thru “Sandy.” Love your blog. It always gives me a lift when I see there is a new email from Wendy! I took a look at the patterns in Dishcloth Diva – I would love to win this book!

  24. Betty Eliassen says:

    I like to see different yarns used for dishcloths and new patterns are always interesting.

  25. I really like knitting dishcloths and trying the new patterns in a small format.

  26. Love the stitch patterns. I would be so happy to win this .

  27. peggy connolly says:

    Dishcloths are the best-no gauge, fun and quick to knit.

  28. I <3 knitting dishclothes. I'm actually have 2 on the needles right now!
    Mioshee´s last blog post ..Look Ma! No (more) Cans!!!

  29. Margaret Peck says:

    I would love to win this book. My favorite knitting project is dish/wash cloths. So fast, so fun!

  30. Do enjoy knitting dishcloths. Love the portability of them.

  31. Love dishcloths and making them. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  32. I could really use this for the ladies in my family -I love the gift idea! Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

  33. i know how to leave a comment so now i am entered! thank you wendy!!

  34. Would enjoy winning this draw.

  35. Joan D. Robertson says:

    Please enter me in your drawing for the dishcloth e-book. I love doing dishcloths also.

  36. I’d be thrilled to receive the book, but I’m more thrilled that you and Lucy are fine. (A tree fell on a friend’s house in the DC area, so I know how easy it is to be not-fine there at the moment.)

  37. A nice addition to a knitters library

  38. I would love a copy of that book.

  39. hmm, I’ve never been a big dishcloth fan but those are some pretty good reasons to try them out!

  40. Never made a dishcloth, but think it would be a great present (with soap) for teachers!!


    Pick me please!

  41. I would love to win a copy, woot!

  42. Becknitter says:

    Thank you for the ebook opportunity! Glad to hear you both are fine and back to routine.

  43. dishcloths are my inbetween projects, or when i’m getting bored with my current wip.
    i would to have some new patterns.

  44. Glad you weathered the storm OK!

  45. You’re drawing on my birthday… well Nov 4th so maybe the random generator will like me 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Michelle Martino´s last blog post ..Looks like it’s Socktober to me!

  46. I can’t wait to see the finished Rainbow Coat — AND I’d love the dishcloth book. 🙂

  47. Love the patterns! Would love to win the book! Thanks for the chance to win~

  48. I really should knit some dishcloths.
    Word Lily´s last blog post ..Back to spinning

  49. I love to knit dish cloths! I hope you pick Me!

  50. Liz in Missouri says:

    So glad you weathered the storm! It was frightening for a few hours there, watching and listening and praying for friends on the East Coast. I’m sure Miss Lucy is quite relieved that the howling and blowing is over. The dishcloths look like they would be a lot of fun. A way to try new stitch pattern – with a purpose!

  51. I’m glad you Lucy got through the hurricane just fine.

  52. New dishcloth pattern are always great to have. Would love to get this book

  53. Linda Kelly says:

    Glad you are safe and sound. Love the patterns in this book!

  54. I find dishcloths to be a good way to practice a new stitch, since I’m a new knitter

  55. I give dishcloths to people all the time. I even have some friends who request them. I could use this book to give me some new inspiration

  56. I like making dishcloths they make great gifts.

  57. Thanks for your idea to include a bar of soap. Would love to win this and glad you & Lucy weathered the storm in good shape.

  58. I love making dish cloths.
    Tammy´s last blog post ..Sitting at Starbucks and spotted this. Would love the…

  59. I would LOVE to win the book!

  60. I would love to win the Dishcloth Diva book. Dishcloths are fun to knit and fun to give away.
    I use handknit dishcloths everyday.

  61. That dishcloth with soap idea is pretty cool. And, I’m always looking for little projects to do while in flight.

    Give Lucy a cuddle for me! 🙂


  62. Great a book just for dishcloths, how I would love that.

  63. Oooooo I would love this!! Dish cloths are so much fun!

  64. Ginger Klein says:

    I like dishcloths!

  65. Mary Jackson says:

    I love dishcloths…quick and easy and great gifts. I would really like the book.

  66. I’ve never knitted a dish cloth but I’ve wanted to – the book looks great!

  67. Hi. Thanks for the present idea of a washcloth, soap ll tied up with a ribbon.I will be doing just that. Who knows, maybe I’ll win and try new dishcloth patterns…

  68. I am all about winning things, but I have yet to be that lucky.

  69. Thank you for the book review and the opportunity to hopefully win a copy of Dishcloth Diva!!
    I have just the person in mind to give this to – she is a knitting diva all on her own and she would LOVE this book!!

  70. Glad you’re safe and thanks for the chance to win!
    Moz´s last blog post ..Frantic Stamper Precision Dies

  71. Karina Bates says:

    The storm was less than advertised here as well, which all in all is a good thing. The book looks wonderful and I would be pleased to receive it. Thank you for offering!

  72. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Glad you and Lucy didn’t suffer from the storm. I would love a copy of the dishcloth book, I do enjoy knitting them.

  73. Lots of nice patterns here.

  74. Entering… thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Ooooh, I WANT!!!!!! I love making dishcloths when I am in a knitting funk. It’s kind of mindless, but I am getting some knitting done and I’m getting a pretty for doing dishes. Win/win.

  76. Nice patterns that could also be used for scarves or afghan squares.

  77. love me some dishcloths! thanks for opp to win!
    very best – helene

  78. What a great idea!

  79. Suzanne Wilsey says:

    I too love knitting dishcloths, especially for young colleagues who are about to be married — male or female!

  80. Enter me for the book. I’ve got several baby blankets to finish but after that I think dishcloths would be a wonderful project. Something that can be finished just a little faster.

  81. I love to try a new stitch pattern on dishcloths. I just finished doing some with the “illusion” method for Halloween. Glad to hear all is fine in the “wendyknits” house after the storm.

  82. Phoebe Farley says:

    Dishcloths are my favs.

  83. This book would make holiday knitting a snap.

  84. So glad you made it through the storm OK. Great dishcloths to knit up for Christmas gifts….or afghan squares. I always pack knitting projects in my emergency kit.

  85. I love knitting dishcloths. Dishcloths were my very first projects and I really just wanted to stay with them but eventually did manage to branch out.

  86. I made my first dishcloth several years ago, and while the first generation has long since gone to rags, I really like cotton dishcloths, and am always looking for the perfect pattern.

  87. Knit washcloths and tied them around handmade soaps as shower gifts for my daughter in law. They were a huge hit.

  88. I was indeed thinking of doing dishcloths for gifts – and I love the soap idea!

  89. I love to knit dishcloths! They are instant gratification when you just have to finish something!
    Love the book! And I’m glad you and Lucy are safe!

  90. Cheryl S. says:

    Would really love to win so I can start on some Christmas presents!

  91. SO glad you and Lucy are safe! that storm was such a scary one!

  92. Joyce Robinson says:

    I have a passion for dishcloths. They are organic compared to store bought cloths.

  93. Sounds like a pretty fun book!

  94. Love knitting washcloths! Always looking for new patterns. Hope I win!

  95. So glad to hear you weathered the strom well. Would love this book!

  96. The first project I taught a friend to make was a scarf. She fell in love with dishcloths. I’ve seen the light and enjoy making dishcloths as well!

  97. Glad to hear that Lucy’s fine: and that her mom and dad are too LOL! Dishcloths work up so fast and make such great gifts! Thanks for the opportunity to be entered for the ebook.

  98. I love knitting dishcloths-fast and fun! Thanks for the giveaway.

  99. Me please, I love knitted dishcloths!!

  100. I love making dishcloths! I leaned how to knit by doing them over and over and over again.