Lately I’ve been trying to get more zen about my knitting. I get so excited about projects, and cast them all on at once. Don’t get me wrong: casting on All the Things is one of the most fun aspects of knitting for me, and I always give myself permission to start something new. Whatever the consequences, being inspired by a project is what keeps me knitting. Knitting projects are not vegetables that you have to eat, or plates you have to clean. They are delicious! Nom nom nom.
But it’s also enormously satisfying to finish things, and to wear them, and to feel calm and in control. I sometimes look upon one-project-at-a-time knitters with envy. They seem to click off project after project, while I buzz around between many projects. When I feel like this, I go on a finishing spree. I buckle down and knit those sleeves, sew on those buttons, and set the world to rights. It’s probably not a coincidence that I tend to do this when a new Field Guide is about to enter my world. I take a break from casting on, and do a bit of binding off and weaving in. Clearing the decks feels good.
There is one absolute exception to any cast-on moratorium. And that exception is dishcloths. I will never count a dishcloth in the tally of WIPs. A dishcloth is knitted up so quickly, it’s like a stone that skips over the surface of Lake Works-in-Progress. And there’s a good reason for that.
I Need the Dishcloths
I haven’t wanted to mention this to you, but my dishcloth drawer is a shambles. Before the pandemic, I had allowed my prized collection of Ballband Dishcloths + Friends to go to seed. They were faded to dingy pale nothing-colors, their holes had holes. No amount of darning could put them together again. So, in a moment of deep shame, I got a couple packs of store-bought woven dishcloths to take over for them.
And now, the store-bought dishcloths have gone ratty too, and I need to knit new ones. It’s my favorite thing, knitting dishcloths. Why haven’t I done it! Time to get busy!
Handknit Cotton is the best stuff ever. This little collection of colors is a Log Cabin Cloths Kit in the Goldie colorway, plus a single skein of Blushes, the light lavender. So far, I’m going for a vintage vibe.
Would anybody like to join me in knitting dishcloths?
Later this summer, I am thinking of organizing a little knitalong, for the restoration and beautification of dishcloth drawers around the globe. Prizes will include scrubbies, rubber gloves, a box of Barkeeper’s Friend, and a grand prize that is yet to be determined, but definitely will be named The Kitchen Sink. If you think this is a good idea, let me know in the comments.
In the meantime, my own dishcloth drawer can’t wait for a knitalong, it’s too far gone. I’m going in!
These cast-ons don’t count!