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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 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. Carol morrison says:

    Love making dishcloths, probably not your cup of tea but quick and easy for me..

  2. Making dishcloths is so much fun and to have more knitting patterns for them would be super cool!

  3. Glad you made it through the storm ok. Some of those patterns would make really cute afghan squares, also!

  4. I like giving dishcloths as gifts, they’re so quick and easy. This year I’ll have to try your soap idea!

  5. Good to hear from you and that all is well! , I do get the dishcloth bug a couple of times a year, thanks 🙂

  6. lisabellerose says:

    I LOVE dishcloths!

  7. Glad to know that you are fine and that Lucy was not inconvenienced by the storm.
    I hope someone is stuck for an idea for me and gives me a dishcloth!

  8. I knit washcloths for my grandchildren. Their parents use them to clean them after meals. It is a good way to tell the difference between the washcloths and dishrags. I would love to win this book and try new patterns.

  9. My family loves knitted dish cloths!! This book would be perfect!!!

  10. I would love a copy! Thanks so much.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..WIP Wed: Hurricane Progress

  11. I love knit dishcloths too. They are so much better than what is available at the store.

  12. With all the stress whirling around me lately, dishcloths are about all I have the patience to knit 🙁 . This book sounds right up my alley, and the patterns look great!

  13. SweetBeej says:

    I just recently discovered the joys of making dishcloths. I’d love a copy of this book!

  14. I love dishcloths and I didn’t email you. 😉 Pick me!

  15. I would love to win a copy of this! I love knitting and using dishcloths. When my husband and I were first married I decided to knit some for us since everyone I gifted them to loved them so much. We loved them so much that every time I knit one he would throw a commercial one away. We haven’t used anything but hand knit dishcloths in years!
    Kerry´s last blog post ..Sockhead Finito

  16. When I was learning how to knit, the friend who taught me started me on a couple dishcloth patterns because she thought it was important to be able to finish something and get that sense of accomplishment. She was so right and whenever I need to get that feeling I work on a dishcloth!

  17. Love dishcloths. I make them for teacher gifts and am always looking for new patterns.

  18. I love making dishies especially for presents

  19. Samantha Steff says:

    I love giving dishcloths for gifts, they are always so well received!

  20. I like using dishcloths to try out new stitch patterns. Would love the new book. Thanks for offering it.
    Kathom´s last blog post ..Click for Babies KAL

  21. That would be a great Christmas gift for my mom, who loves to knit up dishcloths to give away as gifts! Thanks!

  22. Pick me please!

  23. Sue Johnson says:

    Love knitting dishcloths. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. I’m just knitting my first dish cloth – I’d never heard of making them before joining Ravelry, even though I’m from a family of knitters. I’d love a copy of the book as I can see how they’d become addictive!

  25. Beth Gray says:

    Dishcloths are my favorite thing and so much better than sponges in the kitchen!

  26. I have many requests this Christmas for dishcloths, so I can’t wait to get this book!

  27. Yay dishcloths!

  28. I never thought about knitting a dish cloth for gifts. I do have some soaps so it would be a great idea!
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Poison Dart Hat – DONE!

  29. Love knitting dishcloths – they are even more portable than socks! Haven’t used anything other than hand-knitted ones in many years, and am always happy to have new stitch patterns!

  30. My mom loves dishclothes. Looks like a good book. I’m glad you and Lucy made it through the storm.. 🙂

  31. I’ve recently started getting into knitting washcloths, so this would be a great addition to my library!

  32. Happy Halloween to you, too!

    It has been suggested that a few people I knit with and I make small Christmans gifts for some women at a local shelter – washcloths with nice soap might be a good idea!

  33. I love to knit dishcloths. love books and I love giveaways. Pick me!

  34. I like dishcloths too, though I like them in the bathroom better than in the kitchen. I’d love a copy of the ebook!

  35. Sounds like good Holiday gifts. Quick and easy. Would love the book.

  36. What a good idea to try stitch patterns on!

  37. My official, non-emailed entry for the Dishcloth book! 🙂
    I love cotton dishcloths, and since I made soap it’s a perfect accompaniment.
    Glad you guys weathered the storm alright!

  38. HI, Glad to hear you and Lucy are okay. I would love the dishcloth book.

  39. yes, please. i knit them while proctoring tests. easy to put in my pack, easy to stop and start if there’s a question, and we use them in our kitchen.

  40. I have only just started knitting dishcloths. They are rather addictive. I think I need more patterns 😉
    Stitched Together!´s last blog post ..Bits & Pieces

  41. The other day I was thinking I needed to make some more dishcloths. The patterns look great!

  42. Denise in Kent, WA says:

    Dishcloths are my favorite “simple knitting” project – I would definitely put this book to good use! Glad you made it through Hurricane Sandy unscathed.

  43. technikat says:

    Glad the storm didn’t affect you too much. Lucy looks like she’s ready for Halloween. She has the “beware of the cat” look.

  44. There’s something to be said for simple knits sometimes. There’re days when a lace shawl is beyond my energy level and this book would be perfect for those days!

  45. I love my knitted dishcloths and washcloths – so much better than shop-bought ones.

  46. I’m so glad you and Lucy weathered the storm. I was thinking about you.

    My stack of knitted washcloths are getting old and faded. I better make some more!

  47. exactly what I need to finish up Christmas gift making!

  48. Kim miller says:

    I love dishcloths! I would love to win this!

  49. Happy Halloween! I would love to whip up some new dishcloths! Glad you and Lucy are safe and sound.

  50. So glad you came through the storm okay!

  51. I love using knit dishcloths, but I get bored while knitting them. A bunch of new patterns to try out would be great!

  52. Thanks for the chance to win! I like dishcloths cause I actually get them done!
    Lee Cockrum´s last blog post ..It is hard to think of what I will never be

  53. Dishcloths with soap and other items make great gifts. I have given them a few times.

  54. Pat Murphy says:

    I’ve just discovered the joys of handknit washcloths! Yay!!

  55. I’ll whip out a dish cloth when I need an “instant gratification” project, stick it in my closet, and package it up with a nice soap when I need a last-minute gift. Great hostess gift! People always love them! Thanks for sharing the book.

  56. Would love to win this book – hurray for quick, portable projects!

  57. Fun book!

  58. Thanks for the opportunity. I’ve thinking about making Christmas presents.

  59. I have made my share of dishcloths and still return to them for comfort knitting and quick gifts. Sounds like a fun book!

  60. Jeanne S. says:

    Glad you made it through the storm! We lost power for 10 hours, but were sleeping for 8 of them =) Love the front cover of the book.

  61. I’ve heard that dishcloths are a great way to try stitch patterns, and have been meaning to play around with the idea. I’d love the book to get me started!
    ccr in MA´s last blog post ..Life Moves On (the Clean House Edition)

  62. I love hand knit dish cloths. Would not even think of using a store bought one!

  63. DebrafromMD says:

    I have a friend who loves knitted dishcloths. It would be nice to have some new designs to knit for her. Please toss my name in the pot.

  64. I’d love a copy of this – thanks! There’s even a cabled one – made me smile as I’m working on a heavily cabled aran right now. Cables are my life these days! On another note – just noticed again how beautiful Lucy is. And I’m glad you both made it through the storm without mishap.

  65. Who doesn’t love knitted dishcloths?

  66. You’ve convinced me that this is something I should try- I’d love the ebook just for the discussion of different types of cotton!

  67. HennaLadyKim says:

    I too love dishcloths and had never made any until this year. My goal has been to be able to read AND follow a pattern and I am proud to say I have accomplished this. 🙂 Happy Halloween Wendy ~N~ Lucy, from Kim ~N~ Macey
    P.S. guess I should say “I’d love a copy of this – thanks! “

  68. Dishcloths make great quick “just because” gifts.

  69. I love small portable projects! This looks fun.

  70. Glad you’re safe and sound. Love to make dishclothes, nice last minute gift or hostess gift:)

  71. Carolyn McClain says:

    Glad you are OK?
    I would love to receive a copy of Dishcloth Diva. Deb Buckingham is a member of one of
    my knitting groups and she has worked hard as a Dishcloth Diva. I love dishcloths/washcloths and am currently working on some Christmas presents. They make wonderful gifts.

  72. I would love this book. I’ ve been knitting some washcloths for Christmas presents.

  73. Sounds great – I love to add to my pattern stash! 🙂

  74. I love knitting dishcloths.

  75. Yes! Please enter me in the drawing! What a lovely idea!!! I would very much enjoy it..

  76. Making dishcloths are my go to projects for times that I have to wait with a family member at numerous Dr. appointments. I would love some new patterns.

  77. I was wondering what I would do with all my leftover cotton yarn 🙂

  78. Great gift idea for sis!

  79. I’m glad to hear you made it through the storm just fine! I make lots of dishcloths and I’d love to have that book.

  80. Love dish cloths!! Pick me magic picker!!!

  81. It was dishcloths that I knit to re-learn after decades of no knitting. They are such happy things to have in the kitchen and are perfect gifts. What great patterns too! I’ve never seen dishcloths like these. Super!

  82. For years, just about everything I knitted was a dishcloth. While I’ve branched out considerably in recent years, I still enjoy knitting a dishcloth now and then, and I’d love to own this book.
    Julie´s last blog post ..Happy Halloween!

  83. I love hand knit dish clothes! Pick me!!

  84. Glad you made it through the storm. Here, it’s just cold; not too many trick-or-treaters. 🙁

    Lots of nice looking cloths in that book!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..A Hat and a Scarf and a Beagle

  85. I’ve never gotten in the habit of using dishcloths, but I like your gift idea and I do happen to have some cotton yarn on hand… hope I win! Thanks
    floribunda´s last blog post ..bloggers’ quilt festival

  86. I have learned to enjoy knitting dishcloths when I cannot concentrate on complicated patterns. This looks like a wonderful book, and I’d love to win it!

    So glad you made it through the storm safely.

  87. Kathy Green says:

    I learned to knit by making dishcloths and I still enjoy making them. A new book would be great!

  88. kathleen in wisconsin says:

    Dishcloths and soap; great gift idea. I’m in!

  89. I love knitted dishcloths!

  90. Peggy Laine says:

    I love dishcloths when I need a break from socks. This looks like a great book. So glad you and Lucy came through the storm so well.

  91. Jenny Craddock says:

    I would love that book. Love dishcloths!

  92. Robin May says:

    Glad you weather the storm– literally!
    Would love a copy of the book, I’ve been enjoying washcloths lately.

  93. Knitted dishcloths last so much longer and work much better than bought ones!

  94. Wendy,
    Good to know all is well with you and your kitty after the storm.
    I go on a dishcloth binge every now and then. Mostly, I choose bright, fun colors and give them as baby gifts, wrapped around a bottle of baby wash or shampoo.
    Thank you,

  95. I love knitted dishcloths almost as much as I love giveaways! Happy to hear you weathered the storm well. 🙂

  96. With Christmas on the horizon, a book with some new dishcloth designs would be most welcome. Glad to hear you made it through the storm unscathed.

  97. I’ve just taught my friend how to knit with some sugars n cream cotton and the washcloth pattern included. She is hooked on washcloths! I’m excited to see I have a gift option in the future whether or not I win a copy of the ebook. Also, I love miss Lucy.

  98. Libba Hicks says:

    Oh, this might be just what I need to get me going. I’ve been asked to knit some dishcloths and I have been procrastinating…….mostly just tired of the patterns I’ve been using.

  99. Anna (alcatmom) says:

    Some very nice patterns in that book!

  100. I would love to receive this!