Saturday, December 29, 2007

Waffling Around

At the beginning of November, I was reading Deb’s post at Homespun Living about the wonderful waffle-knit dishcloths she’d knitted. I have been thinking about her project ever since and finally had a chance to make some this week.



Deb used Lion-brand cotton for her cloths. When I couldn’t find any in stock in the colors I wanted at Jo-Ann’s or Michael’s, I went to Purls. They suggested a yarn from Norway called Paris in the two colors I wanted. The label says it is “100% Kjemmet bomuli” which the ladies at Purls tell me means cotton.

While I absolutely love the silky smoothness of this yarn, it’s way too expensive for dishcloths as it works out to about $7.50 per cloth—outrageous in my opinion.



I hope my dishes magically turn into solid gold overnight to justify being washed with these cloths. Since that won’t happen, I photographed them with one of my gold charger plates to remind me of my insanity.

I’ll stick with the mundane cheaper cotton yarn in future and have since found Deb’s more reasonable choices. Sometimes I’m too impatient to start and finish a project—a lesson learned.

16 comments:

Carol said...

Hmmm...for that price they should wash the plates for you :)
Thay are pretty though!

Miss Sassy said...

They sure are gorgeous! Will the color bleed?

Autum said...

They are wonderful. I have some hand knit dishcloths that were a gift and I love them.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh June you only live once !!!! xoxoxo Clarice

a pink-bee said...

Those are some pretty cloths though :) I love knitting mine.
Have a Happy Weekend :)
crystalxo

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

My grandma used to make these, but heres weren't that pretty, she just used up mismatched scraps.

I'd say ues them and enjoy them, washing dishes sucks, anything that makes it better is worth it!

Kristie said...

Maybe too nice for dishcloths, but now you have the experience of using that yarn, and some day when you have a really special project, you'll know about that option.

Sunny Kristi said...

Well they are truly rich and gorgeous. I just love those colors. There is a lot of that burgundy in our home!

I hope that they will make washing dishes more fun!

Gumbo Lily said...

I love them!
I think the dishes will sparkle like never before!

Jody

Yummers! said...

I think they are very pretty... especially on a gold charger. Sorry to say I'm not very green when it comes to dishclothes. I like to throw them away. My husband is an Environmental Geologist but goes along with my disposable cloths.

I wouldn't be opposed to knitting a few to fold in a pretty basket by the sink or as a gift with a fancy dish soap.
Thanks for the pattern, June.
Joni

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

I made lots of washcloths in the past few months. Found a huge spool of cotton yarn at WalMart...for around $7.00. Yours are so gorgeous though...enjoy!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Beautiful- maybe the translation is really "fabulous magical spool that will wisk away each and every speck of dirt while you sleep" Wonderful job!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Sandra Evertson said...

Happy New Year!
Sandra Evertson

The Wooden Spool said...

veryyy purty! Lovely! You sure whip up the eye candy. Happy New Year! They are so pretty, at first glance I thought they were cup warmers to sit under your hot cuppa cocoa.

Robyn said...

June! Wait maybe instead of using them for dishes use them with a wonderful, heavenly soap of body wash and use them on YOU instead! Ohhhhh...when taking a long hot shower or when using one of your fab homemade face washes. Yep...if those were mine thats what I would do!

African Kelli said...

Wowie, that is expensive. But knitting with good yarn (really good yarn) is SUCH a treat, isn't it? I'm busy working on my bandages.