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. Actually, I was thinking of wrapping a bottle of wine with the dishcloth I make (to catch the drop s).

  2. Sandy Feldt says:

    Glad to hear you are fine after the storm. Please pick me for the giveaway.

  3. Joanne Owen says:

    I have never made a dishcloth or bath cloth. With the holidays coming, this would be a perfect inspiration to get some gift ideas and projects!

  4. I’d love to be able to knit dishcloths for Christmas or for other gifts in 2013.

  5. Ooh, dishcloths are about the only thing I can make, given as I’m allergic to knitting things that aren’t square. 🙂 I follow this blog through an RSS reader, so I don’t often visit the site itself or comment, but I’m glad to hear you and Lucy made it through the storm OK.
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  6. Beth Cormier says:

    A knitted washcloth sounds like a perfect gift for a child’s teacher! I’m glad you had no problems during the storm.

  7. I love making dishcloths and am always looking for new patterns to try!

  8. Susan Ritchie Voegtly says:

    So glad you and yours are OK. Laughing about not sticking to schedule!

  9. Cynthia Eggers says:

    Washcloths are my favorite things to knit, and use! Knitting a simple washcloth has also gotten me through many boring meetings. I’m actually more focused on what’s being said when I’m knitting, than when I’m not!

  10. I’m glad to see that you and Lucy were able to weather the storm. Did you get any knitting done while working from home?

  11. I love dish and wash cloths – almost instant gratification

  12. I love knitting dishcloths. They are fun and portable. I try to keep a few around for quick gifts.

  13. I love making dish clothes.

  14. I love knitted dishcloths, and this book looks like just the thing too motivate some Christmas gift knitting. I love your idea of combining a cloth with a bar of nice soap!

  15. I would love to receive this book. Dishcloths are a great keep ahead for surprise gifts.

  16. Nice patterns! Thanks so much!

  17. My dishclothes are getting pretty beat up. I may have to knit up some new ones soon, and this book would definitely motivate me!

  18. Same here. I would love a copy and just hope that Eastern time is in time for me from central Europe…
    Thank you.

  19. I love to knit dishcloths! Love your blog, Wendy. Look forward to reading it for inspiration and motivation. Keep ’em coming!

  20. I’ve never made a dishcloth, so I’m game to try!

  21. Eileen Bunn says:

    Thanks for offering the book on dishcloths. They are my go to project when I feel brain dead!

  22. Jackie drouillard says:

    I would love to get the book

  23. This book looks interesting! I need more mini projects to work on. 😀

  24. What beautiful colors! It would almost make washing dishes fun.

  25. Thanks a lot for sharing the nice pattern..
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