Saturday, August 26, 2006
Warsh it up.
Warsh rags! That's what Mason-Dixon Knitting calls these lovely knitted objects. I tend to call them washcloths. Either way, they're colorful and fun to knit. Shown here is a sampling of the ballband washcloths I've knitted. No, that's not all of them. Each of my kids wanted one after they saw the first, so they each got one. I can't stop knitting them. They're quick, the pattern is easy to remember, they're small. The perfect project to carry around when you're running around with kids.
I've knitted three or four of the round washcloths in that same book, but I gave them all away without taking a picture.
I love washcloths so much, I joined an online group with washcloth knit-alongs twice a month. They post a few lines of a pattern each day and you knit-along and see what you get. Here, you can see the three washcloths I've knitted with that, so far.
So, here's my deep dark secret. I don't use washcloths. I love them, but I'm a die-hard kitchen sponge user. I just can't adjust. I thought I'd put off buying more sponges when my last one wore out and try to switch, but that didn't pan out.
The other day, my husband and I were talking about things that stress us out. One thing he stresses about is that he likes to write, but never does anything with the things he writes. He writes screenplays and short stories. He edits, he re-writes, but they just sit on our hard drive and/or in notebooks. Then he gets irritated and thinks he's wasting his time. I told him his writing could be like my washcloths. I love to knit them. I fondle the yarn. I carefully choose colors. I knit. Sometimes I rip it apart and re-knit if I don't like the way it's turning out. I finish them. I love them. But, really they don't do much of anything but make me happy. Perhaps they will be used, eventually, and perhaps his writing will become more eventually. But for right now, it's OK if their only purpose is to make us happy.