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In Your Easter Bonnet (With All the Dishrags On It)

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Dear Ann,
Hi there! I’m still here. My knitting has taken a dishraggy turn lately. I am–believe it or not–getting to the bottom of my heretofore bottomless stash of Peaches & Creme dishcloth cotton, which means that suddenly all my choices are: pastel. I guess I just don’t like pastels that much in the Ordinary Course of Business. When my beloved Juicies and Blahs are down to sad 3-yard nubbins, I still have bountiful balls of pale pinks and blues, yellows and lavenders. As a card-carrying member of the I Love Colour Colour COLOUR! Club, I am duty-bound to knit outside the comfort zone of my favorite colors. Like pastels or not, as Yoda would say, “Knit them I must.”
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It got easier when I realized that it was almost Easter, and that pastel dishrags would look like Easter eggs. Those Paas kind that you dye at home in coffee cups, festoon with stickers, and place in cardboard stands, not the ultra cool Ukrainian and/or onion-skin dyed ones.
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Pale pink is particularly challenging for me. I turned a huge wad of it into a Mitered Hanging Towel from our second book.
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The button (and the thrill of mitering) made it all worthwhile.
Happy Easter everyone, and a hearty hag sameach to all who are sedering tonight, including the President!
Love,
Kay

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  1. Oooh! I love the pastels! I wonder why I haven’t knit any pastel dishrags yet??? I especially like the one with the single ‘bricks’ in a different color. And also the mostly pink one ;-)

  2. AMAZING. I thought you had done them all: every single possible permutation of every single shade of P&C. I think these are your cheerfullest ones yet. Just a freakin perkfest up there. My teeth hurt, these are so sweet.

  3. hag sameach to you and yours, Kay :)
    That button is sweet. It reminds me of a quilt. I swear, it does.

  4. I’m not a fan of the pastel either, but I am a huge fan of the whimsical. And these are just that and just great. I love the way you’ve played with colors in these pastels — a spot here and there. They’re wonderful.

  5. They are very Easter-y. Love them.

  6. I’d never before thought to try and envision what dish cloths would look like if they’d been Easter eggs in a past life, but I think yours are spot on! Somehow, despite not looking anything like most of the eggs I produced, they remind me very strongly of dying Easter eggs. They’re making me nostalgic, even.

  7. Thanks for the cheerful colors. I am staying up late because I have parishioners who have evacuated from the wildfires here in OK, and I needed something cheery while waiting. Maybe I’ll dig into the dishcloth cotton box.

  8. I love pastels! A true artist loves all colors.

  9. A happy Pesach to you too! I went to my first ever Seder dinner on Wednesday night and had a great time.

  10. I would call these you “impressionist period dishclothes” since the that art often gets represented as being all garden-y pastels.
    But, when I look at my favorite paintings of that period, it turns out they are all sorts of wild colors so maybe you are just playing Monet for awhile when you are really a Van Gogh? (Please be careful with you ears if that’s so.)

  11. Hi Kay,
    I love pastels when they’re done right. And these are definitely done right, so thanks for Eastering up a very sombre Good Friday morning here in Dublin, where everyone else except me seems to have been given a holiday from work … Happy Easter weekend! xx

  12. Well, well–dishrags! I got home last night to see these lovlies and was amazed, not only because of their beauty. It was also because I had experienced a dishrag obssession myself during the day.
    In a waiting room, I began knitting the pattern of a round dishrag (gotten off the internet).
    Then later found myself in Michael’s buying 2 additional balls of cotton, and smaller needles.
    Susequently went to lunch and in the parking lot of the diner, I re-started my dishrag with the smaller needles. I never made it out of the car to eat my lunch!
    Dishrag knitters of the world unite!
    Knit on!
    LoveDiane

  13. I give my mom nice dishcloths and if they are not murky green or some other dark colour she thinks they are too nice to use. I guess I could knit some pastel ones just for the fun of it, then give them to people not so picky…
    I made a hanging towel and avoided the use of a button — it’s on my ravelry page. I had to put the buttonhole at the beginning of the strap, and then increase the heck out of things at the end of it.
    Happy spring holiday to us all. I celebrate the Easter Bunny for no religious reason. Next year I’m going to clean up my whole house for Passover, just because it seems like such a fine idea…

  14. I’m not so much a pastel kind of knitter, except for my 4-year-old daughter who LOVES pastels! But, I do love the look of the pink hanging towel. Something about it just says “Spring” for me. And with the assorted snowbank remnants surrounding me, I can use all the spring I can get, LOL! I wonder if I have any pink around here…

  15. Is this a free pattern somewhere – I really love it!

  16. I am also not a pastel lover, but I’ll take dishrags in virtually any colour and if I really don’t like them, I find someone who has a kitchen they’ll look good in!
    I think yours look great. Hoping the Pesach/Easter week is good for all of you.

  17. What on earth do you do with all those dishrags? I made one for my church kitchen (I’m a sponge gal myself) which promptly disappeared. Guess I should be glad that it’s gone to a good home. But I was bummed.

  18. I LOVE the pastels! That pale pink is gorgeous, and the pops of color you add are great. I am definitely going to refer to this picture when I knit my next washcloths.

  19. I LOVE the pastels! That pale pink is gorgeous, and the pops of color you add are great. I am definitely going to refer to this picture when I knit my next washcloths.

  20. I have that button in my Grandma’s button tin!

  21. I want to see the backs – are you weaving in that bit of cotton for the one rectangle of color? And your green keyhole!
    Muffin tins – we dyed eggs in muffin tins – never used them for muffins. And you can be sure I held those the rusty tins in my hands, when we cleaned out the family home, but in the end, included them in the boxes donated elsewhere.

  22. I am with you on disliking pastel colors. They are like color afterthoughts (also, when your mother names you “Rose” you get inundated with pastels at every gift-receiving occasion (!@#$)). But anyway, the pastels do look wonderful next to the colorful chocolate Easter eggs…
    Happy Easter
    (Does one say Happy Seder?)

  23. Oh. Now I MUST go dive in the dishcloth cotton bin and see if there are any leftover pastels. MUST.MAKE.DISHCLOTHS.
    Happy Spring Holidays!
    (((hugs)))

  24. Love all those Paas easter egg colors! We’re dying up some Paas eggs for the Easter Bunny to hide – I don’t think the kids (or me) could handle the Marth Stewart-type made-from-scratch-including-raising-the-chickens-that-laid-the-eggs-type eggs.

  25. I see a quilt there, an amazingly beautiful one.
    Does the yarn change color or are you using different colors together to make them shift like that?

  26. I’m with you, Kay, I’m not one for pastels either – give me lots of bright colours any day (however you do manage to make them look appealing – very Ms. Stewart of you ;-)). I’m currently in a dishcloth knitting craze as well (I had to get a break from the crossed stockinette stitch in Emma Peel, which I’m making for my daughter and love in all other respects, but that stitch is driving me nuts! Gives me cramps in my hands.) Anyway, I’m starting to wonder if I need to join DKA (Dishcloth Knitters Anonymous)… but then again, is it really something one needs to be converted from???

  27. PS: I would really like a tutorial or step-by-step on the intarsia, too.

  28. oh lollipops and cotton candy
    jelly beans and baskets the
    woven baskets of my youth
    and colors of grass to fill
    the baskets and radio music hall
    i live west central coast of florida now
    we are in bloom here and my tulips
    came from walmart -and will ann check in
    tells us she is safe
    may you all be safe this spring time
    happy easter and a peaceful passover

  29. WOW – intarsia dishcloths!

  30. Love the Easter-eggy dishcloths, so fresh and Spring-y looking.
    I’ve got the same button! Or I should say, 47 lbs. of the same button! I got a deal on them that I couldn’t refuse about 10 years ago, and my button stash has been the family joke ever since. Those buttons are supposedly fresh-water pearl, and were made at a long ago-closed button factory in Muscatine, Iowa. I’ve got that same button in white, taupe, dark blue, and maroony-red. If you ever need any more of those buttons, I’m your go-to person!
    Mary G. in Texas

  31. That gold reminds me of something, and I can’t think what. Some weird slightly static-shock sort of memory. I’m probably better off not remembering what it is. I like the de sjtile sort of thing going on.
    I need more early 20th century art in my life.

  32. How do you do this to me, Kay? I see your dishrags and, like a zombie, I go downstairs, gather up all the used balls of dishcloth cotton and the #7s and cast on. I don’t need warshrags right now. I don’t need any new projects OTN. From now on I’m wearing a garlic necklace when I read MDK.

  33. I feel certain that the I Love Colour Colour COLOUR! Club must commend you for excellent and timely use of pastels that both look traditionally seasonal and allude to higher sophistication.

  34. Bless your heart. You are definitely a better woman that I, because I would have stopped halfway through the first dishcloth. I do like how the itty bitty ends are showing up as dots (rectangles) of color here and there…I guess that’s what got you through, isn’t it!
    Happy Easter, and Happy Passover to both of you lovely ladies.

  35. CHOCOLATE AND KNITTING THAT’S ALL

  36. Finally getting the hang of my FIRST ballband dishcloth. It doesn’t really look like yours, but I’m calling it a design feature :)

  37. I loooove those Paas dyes! I feel so nostalgic now, but in a bittersweet Eastery kind of way. I wonder if I can find some of those egg dyes on clearance at Duane Reade?

  38. Please share your technique for making the leetle squares of color. Pretty please. It is lovely and I must do it, too.

  39. Happy Easter, ladies.
    joyeuse paques, mesdames.

  40. I personally like to think of pastels as the marriage between a juicy and a blah. They are variations of the juicies, but so light and wimpy that they are a blah. And, as you probably know, if you really get to using a set of juicy and blah dishcloth cotton dishrags, they all get washed and faded into a melange of pastel and/or blah anyway. Makes a person want to make plain white ones… maybe some of that color-keeping bleach….
    Also, do you happen to notice a slight mildewy smell from using the dishtowels that a body just can’t get out, no matter how well they hang them to dry? I think it has something to do with mildew forming in the fibers of the yarn. Any suggestions on how to deal?
    (wow, this turned into a long comment!)

  41. Caitlyn,
    I’ll be interested in the responses you get to your question. I haven’t actually used my dishcloths yet – I’ve been giving them away -(and, yes, I know, it’s not a discloth till you use it;-)). MY question is how to prevent the bright colours from bleeding into the less bright colours or the white. My grandma used to boil her dishcloths in a large pot with suds on the stove and they got quite clean – but they were just white and not multi-coloured.
    What to do??

  42. My peaches and creme to not bleed. The Sugar and cream ones do bleed. In fact I made a wash cloth for my granddaughter and the minute she put it in the bath tub it started fading into the tub. So I now almost exclusively use Peaches n creme.
    Also Just putting the wash cloths in the washing machine cleans the odors. Keeping the washcloths fresh by washing in the washing machine keeps then far fresher than sponges.

  43. My peaches and creme to not bleed. The Sugar and cream ones do bleed. In fact I made a wash cloth for my granddaughter and the minute she put it in the bath tub it started fading into the tub. So I now almost exclusively use Peaches n creme.
    Also Just putting the wash cloths in the washing machine cleans the odors. Keeping the washcloths fresh by washing in the washing machine keeps then far fresher than sponges.

  44. The unexpected punctuations of color in the dish cloths are brilliant. Now I want to play with the random brick!

  45. My peaches and creme to not bleed. The Sugar and cream ones do bleed. In fact I made a wash cloth for my granddaughter and the minute she put it in the bath tub it started fading into the tub. So I now almost exclusively use Peaches n creme.
    Also Just putting the wash cloths in the washing machine cleans the odors. Keeping the washcloths fresh by washing in the washing machine keeps then far fresher than sponges.

  46. U’d also love to see the intarsia method that Kay uses in her dishrags.
    Please post a dishrag intarsia tutorial.
    Thanks

  47. As someone who jumped on the Ballband wagon several years back, i’m lovin’ this new twist to an already good thing!
    You’ve revived my interest in the Band!!!!
    To the STASH CAVE!!!
    xxoo

  48. Those are so pretty! I don’t know how a person could bring oneself to USE one of those.

  49. Love your new group. But really how about a dish rag intarsia post. We’re all loving them and would like to see the back sides and every bit of info that you can spare.
    Thanks again for all of the dish rag fun.

  50. And to think that earlier this month I almost threw out the little bits & bobs of Peaches & Creme from other dishrag projects. That was a close call — it just took Miss Kay to validate my frugal ways with leftover yarn.

  51. And to think that earlier this month I almost threw out the little bits & bobs of Peaches & Creme from other dishrag projects. That was a close call — it just took Miss Kay to validate my frugal ways with leftover yarn.

  52. I heart the hanging towel — very simple but yet classic!

  53. In your first book there is a baby bib. I reached the number of rows and started the straps I don’t know where to cast on the 20 stitches in between I’m quite confused. Help.. Wilkinson01@comcast.net thank you. gay