Farewell to All That (Yarn)
August 17, 2011
I have been remiss in blabbing about dishrags this summer. It’s the summer of being remiss, apparently.
The Dishcloth Calendar (of blessed memory) is no longer being produced by the lovely Janet Nogle. But when Janet and her dishrag-knitting posse learned that Elmore-Pisgah, the Carolina manufacturere of made-in-the-USA Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton yarn, was closing up shop, they went into the studio and produced an album of patterns using Peaches & Creme. Kind of like the Last Waltz, only with dishrags. They kindly asked me for a submission, as I am known to be fond of the dishrags.
This was a couple of months ago, at the height of my Mitered Cross Blanket fever. (The wave has crested, but I’m still working on blankets number 2 and 3.) In that frame of mind, it seemed to me that the dishcloth world was lacking….
….a mitered cross dishcloth.
It’s a different scale and finish than the squares for the blanket, but the techniques are the same. I realize that it looks like the Swiss flag. And also like the Red Cross. I did that on purpose. (It’s called the Rescue Dishcloth.)
If you would like to acquire this pattern and many more cozy, kitchen-y, kitschy patterns, go here and look for the “Peaches & Creme Pattern Booklet.” The contributing designers have clubbed together to make a thank-you gift to Flo, the wonderful woman who ran Peaches & Creme’s promotions on Ravelry and elsewhere, and who had to stay behind when the company moved. My personal commission will be donated to Mercy Corps for Japan relief.
By the way, have I mentioned that thanks to knitters’ continuing generosity, since March we’ve sent a total of $16,500 to Mercy Corps to for Japan relief? I am collecting a gratifying stack of thank-you letters from Mercy Corps. They appreciate our sustained support, and marvel that the source of these ongoing contributions is a little ol’ knitting pattern. Thank you all. You keep knitting beautiful blankets (553 projects on Rav, just saying), which gives other knitters a twinkle in their eye for this pattern, and I’ll keep sending the proceeds to Mercy Corps. It feels good, don’t it?
P.S. Stay tuned as I am going to give away the pattern I contributed to the 2011 Dishcloth Calendar. As soon as I can find it. (Remiss, I tell you!) It’s a doozy.