The Age of Linoleum
September 7, 2008
The new Dishcloth Calendar is here! The new Dishcloth Calendar is here!
For inspiration for my contribution to this year’s edition, I searched far and wide, racing through stitch dictionaries like a mad woman–nothing doing. I looked down at my feet, and there it was: kitchen floor. Marmoleum. Linoleum! Who doesn’t love linoleum? Who doesn’t miss it every day? Who doesn’t want to knit a dishrag that reminds them of linoleum?
OK, so maybe it’s just me. Moving on.
Linoleum is one of 35 patterns in the 2009 Dishcloth Calendar, which is now available for sale. Once again, Janet Nogle, one of the mothers of the Dishcloth Knitalong site on Yahoo (6000 members! that’s a lot of dishcloths!), has done an insane amount of work to produce this collection of patterns for kitchen and home. If you are a dishcloth person (you probably already know this about yourself), your heart is beating very fast right now.
I leave you with a little post-collegiate poem, which I think was written by a friend of mine circa 1980. It was stuck to her wall in a tenement apartment on Avenue B, the first roof over my head in New York, where I learned about rent strikes, bathtubs in the kitchen, and other things I hadn’t encountered in Omaha. For some reason I never forgot it. (I will not identify the poet, since who wants the poetry of their early 20s exposed? But if you’re reading this, my lovely Formerly-of-Avenue B friend, and you want proper credit–do let me know.)
I sit tapping my feet on the linoleum
In the age of petroleum.
P.S. If you love old linoleum, check out these Flickr pics. One of them should be called Drunk Love on the Kitchen Floor.