My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm 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.

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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:

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Happy Halloween!



  1. I have a big bag full of cotton that would wonderfully with this book 🙂

  2. I knit for decades before I knew anybody knit dishcloths. I made some kitchen towels that I love, and am working on my first washcloth. I think they would both make nice gifts too.

  3. I LUV doing washcloths! I am teased by my fellow KNITSIBS for knitting them! My fingers are crossed! Give Lucy a chin rub for me!
    Sincerely, Connie

  4. I’m glad you and Lucy made it safely through the storm.

  5. Knitting dishcloths is my go-to for when I feel the need to regain the grip on my sanity. They got me through losing a job several years ago. And sometimes I just want to knit without having to think too much about it. Whatever…dishcloths rule!!!

  6. Love knitting dishcloths and trying out new to me patterns on this small scale.

  7. I would LOVE a dishcloth book!

  8. Nancy N (n2n on Ravelry) says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  9. What an interesting book. I knitted a washcloth using sugars and cream, that was very fun.

  10. Oooo! I’d love to give dishcloths a try, so this book sounds great. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  11. Glad you and Lucy are OK! When I dont know what to knit or dont have time to start a big project, I turn to dish cloths…… You can never have too many!

  12. I love dishcloths . Count me in .

  13. Hi Wendy: I always enjoy receiving your emails. I like to read the comments from Miss Lucy says: at the end of your blog. I have most of your knitting books now, and I am enjoying them very much. I have been fairly busy the last couple of months and I’m half finished you Mystery Shawl. It is really quite beautiful. I mading it out of Madeline Tosh, colour Costeau. As for the Dishcloth Diva ebook, it looks very interesting, I have been looking for dishcloth knitting book for quite sometime, maybe this is the one. Talk to you again. Shirley
    Shirley Wilson´s last blog post ..After the Storm

  14. Glad the storm didn’t cause you more trouble than upsetting Lucy’s normal routine.

    Also that looks like a really cool book. I get the urge to knit dish cloths every now and again. I need to find a good new to me cotton yarn since the Mission Falls cotton is no longer being made. Thanks for the link to the e-book and a chance to win it.

  15. Sharon Amara says:

    Looks like a nice way to use lots of cotton stash.

  16. Those really are quite nice, I will have to try them.

  17. Love the dishcloth patterns in this book!

  18. I love dishcloths because they are so portable–I have survived numerous meetings knitting dishcloths instead of doing something non-productive like doodling.

  19. I love to knit dishclothes! My mom made it through the storm with minimal damage… us, not hurricane but flooding just the same.

  20. Great patterns, would love to win a copy!

  21. Wow, looks like a cool book, thanks for the chance!

  22. I would love to win. I enjoy knitting dishcloths and sometimes use the patterns to make an afghan.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  23. Please enter me for this interesting giveaway.

  24. I have a friend who loves to knit dishcloths much more than I do and I am sure she would love to get this book as a christmas gift. Thanks for the giveaway! Glad you were not too hard hit by Sandy.

  25. I love to knit dishcloths, usually the same pattern over and over. I could really use some new ideas.
    Sally J´s last blog post ..Happy Halloween

  26. Kristine M. says:

    I love making dishcloths! They’re fun, useful, simple & a great way to try out new techniques & stitches.

  27. Lestersmama says:

    In Nova Scotia, we only caught the edge of Sandy – lots of wind and rain, but nothing like what the States received. Still, my Lester wasn’t impressed as he doesn’t like the noise of the wind. He stayed very close all day and slept on my head at night.

  28. I would love this book. I spent a year practicing knitting by knitting dishrags
    Thanks for your offer.

  29. One can never have enough dishcloths – I’d love a copy!

  30. This book looks great!

  31. April Scimio says:

    Looks like a really nice book. I enjoy making dishcloths… a lot!

  32. Heather D says:

    Glad you made it through the storm! I’d love to win that book. I’m sure it would inspire me to break some cotton out of my stash and make a few for Christmas presents.

  33. I learned to knit by knitting a dishcloth that also looked suspiciously like a gauge swatch. When I need comfort knitting, it usually is a dishcloth.

  34. Debra Simon says:

    I love knitting dishcloths – and I would love to receive this ebook. Glad to hear you made it through the storm ok!

  35. Dishcloths are a nice quickie inbetween the lomger projects. It’s always nice to get a new pattern for them!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..After the Storm

  36. Susan D. Smith says:

    Wow – so many comments…Guess this will be a wall-to-wall dishcloth Holiday Season! Last year I made a tawashi as a gift, bought some wonderful soap and the recipient was thrilled! Would love to win this!

  37. Way cool! I taught myself to knit by knitting dishcloths before moving on to more complex (at least to me) patterns!! I just might have to spring for a copy of this to add to my dishcloth pattern library!

  38. So glad you & Lucy did well in the storm, and that things are normalish for you both. I’d love to win this book–very nice patterns & I love to knit washcloths! Thank you.

  39. Debbie Fiske says:

    Sounds like a great book that I would love to own.

  40. Love this idea of dishcloths around a bar of soap so fun for christmas exchange! This book would be great!

  41. Love knitting washcloths. Portable and rewarding! thanks for another chance to win!

  42. I would love to win a copy of this book!
    Linda Hensens´s last blog post ..Things I Like Thursday: The Birthday Shawl

  43. Good news you safely made it through the storm.

    Dishcloths are on my list for small, impromptu gifts. This book looks like a great place to start.

  44. Heather K says:

    Dishcloths are perfect any time of the year

  45. I make a lot of dishcloths to give as gifts. I make ones for myself out of the left over yarn from the gifted ones. I have some interesting looking dishcloths.

  46. love making dishcloths, they are so quick!

  47. Glad to hear you and Lucy survived Sandy with no problems.

    I would love the dishcloth book – I like making them and could use some new patterns.
    Sandra´s last blog post ..Three Steps to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

  48. Looks like a great way to expand my dishcloth pattern library!

  49. This would be a perfect Christmas gift for my sister-in-law. She loves to knit dishclothes.

  50. Looks like fun, and I’m looking for gift ideas this year!

  51. Glad you made it through the storm. Love a quick dishcloth knit.

  52. I agree, I love using dishcloth patterns for afghan squares. Glad you and Lucy are safe!
    Bethany´s last blog post ..Day 1: Location

  53. Would love to knit dishcloths. . .

  54. Kambassoon says:

    I love trying out new stitches on dishclothes. I’ve made 4 and they were all different, but I’d like to try out even more. My family really enjoys using them.

  55. I’m so glad you and Lucy fared well during the storm.
    Thanks for letting me enter the drawing!

  56. Thanks for promoting my pal Deb’s book! I test knit 3 of the patterns and they are fast and fun to knit. You could easily knit one of each before Christmas/Hannukah for gifts. PS- if you pick my # please pass it on as I already preordered my copies.

  57. Count me in for the giveaway. Love your idea about a bar of soap and a dishcloth as a gift.

  58. They are so fun and fast to knit – I would love this book!

  59. I’ve been knitting dishcloths for many years now but a change in pattern is likely in order. this book looks like fun!

  60. Great way to teach my niece to knit!

  61. So happy to hear you and Miss Lucy were home safe and warm during Sandy.

    I’d love to knit some of those dishclothes, it’s time to retire some of my garter stitch “dishrags!”

  62. Thank you, Wendy & Deb. Look forward to seeing who the new diva will be.

  63. Dishcloths (aka Facecloths) are fun to knit.

  64. Mom makes/mails dishclothes often. It would be great to have new patterns to knit and mail to her!

  65. i’ll freely admit to liking these cloths too!

  66. I love knitting dishcloths especially after a busy day at work, its a great stress reliever, so glad you and Lucy are ok after the storm,

  67. The very first dishcloths I ever knit were from the Mason-Dixon knitting book! I can’t wait to see this one since it is endorsed by one of the authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  68. Those patterns look great
    CatieP´s last blog post ..Catching up

  69. we did okay with the storm. lots of wind and cancellations, and a few downed bits of power in our area, but so much better than we feared. Irene flooded my area, and we thought we’d have more of the same with Sandy. we feel incredibly lucky.

  70. My knitting group would be so jealous of my acquiring this book!

  71. Of course I would love to win this!
    danielle´s last blog post ..Friday at WDW

  72. New dishcloth patterns always come in handy, especially for unexpected holiday gift situations.

  73. I love dish cloths! My Grammie used to give every bride in the family a set of them to set up housekeeping. 🙂

  74. Glad you’re ok! Great patterns!

  75. laura sequeira says:

    I like using the patterns for afghan squares in addition to dishcloths…so the book would be fun. The patterns look pretty.

  76. Kathleen C. says:

    Never thought of giving dishcloths as presents, but the addition of soap is a great idea and makes me think that this is a great gift! Now I need some patterns! Thanks for the giveaway.

  77. Would love this book.

  78. I like knitting dishcloths. I belong to a soap and dishcloth swapping group on Ravelry, and am always on the lookout for new patterns to use!

    Total non-sequitur, but I came to your page in search of your basic toe-up sock pattern. I am knitting a pair of toe-up socks and I forgot how to do the heel!
    Kim´s last blog post ..mushrooms, magnolias, and way too much schoolwork

  79. Dishcloths are my TV knitting secret pleasure. I keep a basket of yarn and finished cloths next to my chair and when the basket overflows it is time for a massive give-away. I also keep baby washcloths and burp pads working there also.

  80. pretty dishcloths! i have some stash dishcloth yarn to use, too 🙂

  81. Natasha Carty says:

    I haven’t gotten heavily into dishcloths but I would like to. Thanks. And your steeked coat is so beautiful.

  82. knitting dish clothes are fun and make a great gift.

  83. So glad all of you weathered the storm, but sad you had to work through it!

  84. I really would love to win this! What great gifts! (I’m so glad I saved this in my RSS feed)

  85. Michele Long says:

    Who doesn’t love dishclothes? Count me in! Glad to hear that you were fine during the storm!

  86. Glad to know you came through the storm relatively unscathed. We left Northern Virginia last June. I don’t miss it.

    My husband is in charge of all things cooking and kitchen related. He absolutely loves using my knitted dishcloths to clean up. This book would be quite handy.

    Jill Ferneau´s last blog post ..Free sock patterns

  87. Cheryl Brake says:

    I have never made any dish cloths and think this would be a terrific initiator for me!!

  88. Would love to receive your dishcloth giveaway. Thanks.

  89. So glad all is well with you. Just talked to son in NYC who is finally settling down, sort of. Became your fan with the Summer Solstice! Would love to see your newest book!

  90. Beverly shearon says:

    I love knitting dishcloths!

  91. Please enter me for the dishcloths patterns. I’m glad you are ok after the storm. Dishcloth motifs are often good for other projects, too.
    Julie in San Diego

  92. sarah ward says:

    I would love a copy of this to use with my Girl Guides. Something small and achievable is always best when knitting with teenagers. XXX

  93. Pam Huang says:

    Those look like a good way to use up scraps! Glad that you survivied Sandy!

  94. I have never made any dishcloths but I’d love to get this book and try it out!

  95. I have made a couple of dishcloths before. They are nice. Would like to try some different patterns.

  96. Count me in for the book raffle….

  97. I agree with Kay, dishcloths are the ultimate portable knitting. Would love to have some new patterns to play with.

  98. Dishcloths are my favorite quick knit!

  99. I love to knit dishcloths! I’d love to have this book. Thanks.