Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

Mason-Dixon Mailbag

Dear Kay,
Linda just sent along a photo of a Ballband Dishcloth she’s been working on:
ballbandafghan.jpg
Caption contest! Yarn to be awarded to best caption as selected by our Empress of Dishcloths, Kay Gardiner. Leave a caption in the comments. Contest closes Thursday, May 14, 10:42 am EDT.
Suitcase of Luv to Appear at Haus of Yarn in Nashville (And Also Me)
Hey, middle Tennesseans!
Nashville’s Haus of Yarn has invited the Suitcase of Luv and also me to come to their shop this coming Saturday, May 16, from 1:30 to 4 pm. I hope you guys will come hang out. It is an excellent opportunity to ditch childcare, house cleaning, or whatever loathsome thing you’d just as soon put off. One enticement: there is so much yarn at the Haus of Yarn that it ought to be called the Great Whomping Warehouse of Yarn.
The Suitcase of Luv contains a lot of projects from our books–much to show ‘n’ tell!
Love,
Ann

320 Comments

320 Comments

  1. “We’re soaking in it” :~)

  2. I had all these kids and doggone it, they are GONNA learn to wash the dishes!

  3. “It was going to be a tough clean up job but Linda knew she had just the dishcloth to do it.”

  4. drawing a blank for witty captions. but that is just insane. way to ballband, linda. craaayzee.

  5. Attack of the Dishcloth Blob!!!
    Exclusive footage of a never-seen-before-B-Movie starring Vincent Lombardi before he was, er, “discovered” by the B-rated Movie Franchise.

  6. “I know Mom said we all had to do dishes, but I don’t think this will work.”

  7. “…and this is the year we were all dirty dishes in the school play”

  8. And on that fateful day, Vince’s future as a dishwasher repairman was sealed. No other children would be subjected to this dishcloth excess under his watch, never again.

  9. Special Purpose Warshrag for a FLYING SAUCER (the original UFO)

  10. Faced with unexpected company, Linda decided that her “cover your sink full of dirty dishes with a dishtowel” strategy could extend to the children as well …

  11. Wow, talk about dirty dishes!

  12. DISH PATROL
    Have Dishcloth Will Travel
    No Job Too Large or Too Small!

  13. DISH PATROL
    Have Dishcloth Will Travel
    No Job Too Large or Too Small!

  14. Well, that’s one way to make sure all the kids are clean. . . .

  15. Oops, I don’t think I got gauge on this one.

  16. And at the thunderous sound of “Fee, Fie, Fo, Fum,” Jack and his band of giddy misfits hid themselves among the kitchen utensils and such, hoping to escape detection by the Giant. Little did they know, the Giant was on his way to wipe up the some Golden Goose droppings and had just the dishrag for the job.

  17. Got gauge?

  18. The slippery slope of “just one more row.”

  19. I got ya all covered and yer all gonna be washed up when I git through with ya!

  20. This is wonderful.

  21. unfortunately, the only thing coming to mind is, “Holy crap!” :)

  22. Mom, seriously we think the cloth is big enough!

  23. 5 kids = 500 dishes a day!

  24. “Look at what that Swifty picked up!”

  25. A stash- and grime-buster all in one!

  26. Wipe that grin off your face!

  27. “Who’s turn is it to dry?”
    “It’s a Dishgan!” Can you make one with sleeves?? Give that Snuggie thing a run for it’s money!

  28. Now if Mom would only learn to knit an Invisibility cloak . . .

  29. No creative caption here, but that afghan is awesome. It dwarfs the 30″ square dog blanket I just finished in the ballband pattern

  30. Wow! That’s some dishrag!
    My caption entry – The Great Dishrag: Guranteed to wash the dishes, children, and the outside of the house all at once!

  31. Gulliver family heirloom – a dishcloth imported from Brobdingnag, and used as an afghan by the descendants of the well-known traveller.

  32. Snap judgments and whopping generalizations were part of her charm, signs of the form that vitality had taken in a year when crisis was everybody’s breakfast food and dish cloths were all the rage. She conceived a complicated and fantastic plan so that the entire family could unify.

  33. Mom we know you love Mason-Dixion knitting…but does everything have to look like a ballband dishcloth!

  34. Never one to be out done, Vera knew she could create the ultimate cloth.

  35. DISHRAG-ZILLA!

  36. Now that put a smile on my face! That dishcloth makes a darn purty afghan too!

  37. “Linda thought the size of her new dishcloth seemed a little large, now she’s realized that gauge is important.”

  38. 1. Mr. Bounty has given up paper towels
    2. Time to dry the dishes, everyone pick a stripe
    3. Here’s Lindas family visiting the Hollywood set of Land of the Giants

  39. Dishwashers Anonymous

  40. Dishwashers Anonymous

  41. “Okay, Mom, okay – we’ll do the dishes!!”
    The Ballband looks amazingly good as a blanket! :)

  42. When late night TV viewing and knitting collide . . .

  43. MOM! Really?

  44. Dirty Kids?

  45. Dirty Kids?

  46. Hey dudes, we live in Texas. What did y’all expect?

  47. I am knitting until those folks at Guiness Book of World Records adds a category for knitting. Back to your needles, kids!

  48. Professor Smith was astonished to find that his nephew’s family of Sea-Monkeys had so quickly evolved, developing a low tolerance for chilly temperatures and commandeering a kitchen dishcloth to keep warm.

  49. We won’t stop until those folks at Guinness Book of Worlds Records add a category for knitting. Break time is over, kids!

  50. It was about then that Linda realized she was going to need a bigger sink.

  51. Getting gauge is way over-rated!

  52. Swatches always lie!

  53. “I know you’re disappointed, kids,” said Linda, “But that’s what happens when you try to felt cotton – it stretches rather than shrinks.”

  54. Mostly the Littles’ children were happy. But sometimes they wished, just once, that all the afghans their parents brought home from the Bigs’ kitchen didn’t smell like Dawn and bacon grease.
    The children liked their warm new blanket, but wondered what would happen at school on Monday now that all their pants had been unravelled to make it.

  55. “Alex had a sense of foreboding when Sheila took up knitting after having quit smoking . . . ”

  56. “Alex had a sense of foreboding when Sheila took up knitting after having quit smoking . . . ”

  57. Can you say gauge accident?

  58. Sham – what?!

  59. “Honey, I shrunk the kids! Fortunately I have a dishcloth they can use as a blanket.”

  60. Who needs paper towels?

  61. Dishwasher out of service again? Can’t get ahold of the Yarn Harlot’s $65 dishwasher repair man? Wash ALL the dishes at ONCE using the agitation of your children’s legs and our revolutionary dishCLOTHES!

  62. How many Lilliputians does it take to wash a dish?

  63. Ann! We can’t wait for your visit!!
    Smiles,
    Erin

  64. Linda wanted a big family, but Linda’s husband had told her he wanted only many children as would fit under one washcloth.

  65. Mrs. Giant prepares to wash the “snack”.

  66. Oh, hai. We haz a dishcloth. Or a blankit. A dishit? Or a blancloth? Whatevs, iz snuggly.

  67. Mom? That gauge thing you’re always screaming about? We don’t think you got it on this one!

  68. After washing dishes, Linda’s family cuddled up with the dishrag and watched TV.
    Jane

  69. Honey, I shrunk the kid’s…

  70. Um, mom, how many dishes did you say there were?

  71. Big Family? Bigger Dishcloth!

  72. “Linda kept reading about this thing called “gauge” but she just didn’t get it…”

  73. Now if only her husband knew the TRUE size of her dishcloth cotton stash…

  74. the unfortunate results of the kids using the excuse, ” sorry mom, we can’t do the dishes because someone has misplaced the dishcloth again”.
    mom says ” misplace this, i dare you, bwaaahahaha”.

  75. She realized after she started that she would eventually have to use it, unless… now honestly how could anyone expect her to fit that in the sink.

  76. This many kids means THIS much clean up!

  77. Those dishes dry quickly when each kid takes a corner and toss!

  78. “For a dishcloth,
    you make a good afghan”

  79. Make sure to wash your dishclothes regularly to avoid bacterial lifeforms growing in the fibres.
    (no offence lovely kids!)

  80. Dick Cheney – Waterboard THIS!

  81. Never go anywhere without your towel! Now available in family size, for those who hitch hike as a group!

  82. And so in time, the children had reason to regret fighting over the dishcloth.

  83. So, who’s gonna dry all the dishes?

  84. I can’t come this Saturday to the Haus of Yarn but we stopped there when passing through on our way to Texas once. It’s a wonderful shop and if I didn’t live in Virginia, I certainly would be there! Ya’ll have a great time!

  85. You should see the sink.

  86. Mom promised us that if we sat under this blanket that she’s been knitting for a year that she’d take us out for the ice cream she’s been promising since she started knitting it!

  87. “The real danger of an excessively large Peaches n Creme stash is that one day, you will have to knit it all…”
    (On the scary side, I have a sudden urge to knit a baby genius burp cloth afghan… It WOULD look lovely when paired with the baby kimono, bibs, and burp cloths that I’ve already got knit… Oh darn, when does cotton go on sale again?)

  88. Seriously Mom, when we bet you couldn’t knit all the yarn in he bin, we were just kidding.

  89. When her family was the right size, Linda took up knitting.

  90. Dishcloth of The Gods

  91. Well, first I loved the one by Clara…but I’ll give it a go anyway: “And we made this with our only wittle hands!”

  92. “Kay said this was addictive but this is ridiculous!”

  93. Her hints about washing dishes are not amusing anymore…

  94. “Ballband Dishcloths: Great for washing dishes, pots, pans, or those pesky kids (get ‘em all in one fell swoop!)”

  95. That would be “…and we made this with our OWN wittle hands!”

  96. Linda was determined to use up all that yarn she bought at the dollar sale.

  97. Never play Dish Rag Tag with the 50-foot woman…

  98. So I got carried away….what’s the big deal

  99. Linda’s kids didn’t have the heart to tell her that no dish was going to match her gauge “experiment”.

  100. Thank god we have a cloth big enough for that really big pan, now if it will only fit in the dryer!

  101. Finished just in time for the neighborhood car wash!

  102. “I wonder what the faucet looks like that THIS one hangs on??”

  103. The ball band superhero costume was going great guns if only she could find someone to fit the Cape!

  104. my husband travels a lot

  105. I think I might have had a little too much caffeine when I started that warshrag last night.

  106. I was swatchin’ at first, but it grew …

  107. She finally found a way to get all the children to be clean at once.

  108. “Sung to the tune of Brady Bunch”
    Here’s a story of the dishcloth bunch
    who was busy with to much on her hands
    All she could do was knit the super dishcloth
    So her kids would not be bored this summer!!!

  109. I think I’ve finally mastered the pattern stitch.

  110. Got dishes?

  111. I’m not proud of this, but the first thing that comes to mind is this paraphrased lyric from my heavy metal youth:
    “We’ve got big balls.”

  112. first comment from my ten year old’s mouth…. ‘oh goodness, think of all the ends she had to weave in’!!!!!!!

  113. “Honey, I think I shrunk the kids.”
    Since, you know….they all fit under one dishrag. ;)

  114. discloth gone wild
    Billie

  115. “To save time, be sure to get gauge . . . ”
    I must say, I love the expression on the face of the kid on the left. He is not amused.

  116. And this is what happens when you don’t know how to bind off…

  117. Is this a hint we need to scrub a little more at bath time?

  118. HELP! I don’t know how to stop!!

  119. Another step in Linda’s campaign for a bigger kitchen…

  120. “The Dishcloth That Ate The Kids”. Ha ha. Made me laugh anyway! :)

  121. Is there a bathtub big enough?

  122. Mom, we know you said “just one more row…” but this has GOT to stop.

  123. “I can’t believe I knit the whole thing.”

  124. There is NO WAY it’s my turn to do the dishes!

  125. The incredible display of the power of the ballband.

  126. “Alpha Dog of the Week goes to this handknit warshrag – big, bad, ballband!”

  127. The Dishcloth vs. The World.

  128. “Thanksgiving dinner for 25…no problem!”

  129. The Jolly Green Giant loses yet another dishcloth.

  130. Ball-band writ large. Love it!

  131. “The family that warshes together, stays together.”

  132. Nancy – that would be, “Ain’t no bathtub big enough, ain’t no dishpan wide enough.”
    I was thinking something about, “Handles any and all germs – no matter how big and tough!”

  133. Coming out of her home laboratory, Linda let out a shriek. Ingredient X had escaped the containment field and had MADE ITS WAY TO THE DISHCLOTH.
    (Never mind the kids, they look fine.)

  134. “A dishrag even a teenager can’t ignore.”

  135. Linda creates the only item strong enough to wash the world’s largest plate (http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Lucas/attractions.html). Humanity responds with overdue respect and reverence for knitters everywhere.

  136. All scrubbed up and no place to go.

  137. We should do the dishes?! Just cover ‘em up with the dishcloth.

  138. Just how many dishes do we have to do?

  139. Pony? What pony? No, we’re not hiding a pony under here. Nope, not us.

  140. Bands of Love…

  141. “Everything but the kitchen dishcloth”

  142. You guys have to get those little love[1] things from ravelry so we can click the excellent suggestions! “I was swatching at first but it grew” Pfft!

  143. One Dishcloth to wash them All!
    (Think Lord of the Rings)

  144. Even after after she trapped them under a giant dishcloth, Linda’s children still didn’t get the hint.

  145. I don’t have a witty caption suggestion, but holy dishcloth!!!!!

  146. “Proof that gauge matters.”

  147. So many people, so many dishes, but perhaps I got carried away.

  148. We just asked Mom to knit a dishcloth, not realizing she was knitting for the Very Large Array.

  149. “What the 50 Foot Woman Should Have Done Instead of Attacking”

  150. “Come on in, or smile as you pass.”

  151. How about “Just one more row . . .”

  152. I like that “Empress of Dishcloths” thing. Sure hope she writes a dishcloth book….

  153. How about: “Honey, I shrunk the kids!”
    Way to go, Linda!

  154. Linda’s Dry Cleaner: kids washed separately.

  155. Too. Comfy. Can’t. Wash. Dishes…!

  156. ohmygosh, Margaret (above) is right:
    Come on in, or smile as you pass!

  157. Too. Comfy. Can’t. Wash. Dishes…!

  158. And on the seventh day, God rested…and knit a simple dishcloth.

  159. New and improved dishcloths, available at your local maxi-mart. They enable you to Wash the WHOLE Family! Simultaneously!

  160. “I thought you said hot water made cotton SHRINK!”

  161. “Only one of them realized what this meant about the size of the dishes to be cleaned.”
    (I couldn’t help but notice the lack of smile on one of the kids.)

  162. “Mom! She’s hogging all the dishcloth again!”
    “Mommeeeeee! He’s putting his stinky feet on my part of the dishcloth!”
    OR
    “Good night, John-Boy!”
    OR
    “Honey, I know we bought a top-of-the-line dishwasher and had it installed last week. So, WTF is that thing FOR????”

  163. Recession Savings Tips for Knitters:
    Can’t afford a Roomba? Put those summer-vacationing children to work with your own family-sized knit Swiffer cover.

  164. A swishy and a swashy in a great big ol’ dish clothy.

  165. “So they all rolled over and one fell out. . .”

  166. Uh oh, honey, I shrunk the kids!

  167. Uh oh, honey, I shrunk the kids!

  168. Yes! I completely emptied my cotton stash. Honey? Where’s the charge card?

  169. Gives new meaning to everything but the kitchen sink

  170. I finally found someone to teach me to Bind off this dishcloth.

  171. Jack’s hostess present for the giantess when he climbed the beanstalk for dinner with the giant and his family.

  172. “My. my, my, how this Peaches ‘N Creme cotton yarn does stretch when wet. We had a dishcloth, now its an afghan!”

  173. Good God! I hope I’m not the one who has to do the dishes. You can always tell when the pile gets really big because Mom breaks out her “special warshrag.”

  174. The pattern said “one size fits all”!

  175. Do you think Mom is trying to make a point?!!

  176. … and then they realized, this wasn’t just for watching TV under.

  177. Looks like the poster for the movie “The Blob”
    starring Steve McQueen !

  178. Mom and Family Take Shelter Under Gargantuan Alien Dishrag

  179. Mom and Family Take Shelter Under Gargantuan Alien Dishrag

  180. “That’s some dishrag.”
    Don’t you mean, “That’s some dish?”
    (Stolen from E.B. White. Thanks, E.B.)

  181. When her husband decided to make the Worlds Largest Omelet she knew she’d have to clean up after him as always.

  182. Sis, to Brothers: “Not to worry, boys, this month the rag is on us.”

  183. Well, if I can’t drag them away from the TV, at least this way they can dry dishes at the same time.

  184. Why checking your gauge is so important.

  185. I thought the label said this would shrink with washing.

  186. “I’m gonna wash those kids right outta my hair!”

  187. I would like to modify my entry to read as follows:
    1) Sisters to Brothers: “Not to worry boys, this month the rag is on us.”
    2) Mom to Offspring: “C’m on kids, there’s a PILE o’ dishes in the sink.”……Must. Use. The. Hand-knits.

  188. Meanwhile, the family has been eating off paper plates.

  189. They dirty dishes together, why not have them clean them together? Enter the teamwork dishcloth, so your kids can work together to get the dishes done.

  190. Linda was confused. She was sure her Mom’s old pattern said use the entire skein of yarn on the ball band. She didn’t take into account that her skein was from the mill where they put up 20 skeins into one. Determined to follow exact intstructions, she finished the entire 10 pound skein out despite the fact that she now had an afgan sized dishrag.

  191. 6 kids x 3 meals a day x 4 dishes/meal = 72 dishes/day.
    72 dishes x regular 6″ by 6″ dishcloth = too darn long at the sink.
    Solution: Paper plates + Just Keep Knitting.
    Linda scores an A+ on domestic arithmetic!

  192. Linda found her glasses later that week and realized she had grossly misread the pattern.
    At least now her family had a super absorbent shield to use in case of light flooding.

  193. “Ivory Liquid 10 for a Dollar!”
    Seriously, looks terrific.

  194. WE TAKE DISHWASHING SERIOUSLY!

  195. Take that, Kay! Now who’s the Empress of Dishcloths?

  196. Knitters Anonymous. We can help.
    And submitted for Claire, who commented on May 12 at 10:00 p.m., and thought she didn’t have a caption when she really did:
    Holy Dishcloth, Batman!

  197. …must check for errata next time…

  198. Got dirt?!!!

  199. AHEM!
    It’s not the size, but how you use it!

  200. Caption:
    The ballband fairy has struck again!

  201. “I don’t think I quite got gauge!”

  202. Jack(pictured on left), having previous experience in robbing the Giant’s castle, was not as thrilled as his minions were at the loot they scored from the kitchen.

  203. Please mom; LEARN HOW TO BIND OFF!

  204. Six-pack scrub ;-)

  205. Having skipped economics class one too many times, Linda never heard the lecture on The Law of Diminishing Returns.

  206. Wait till you see the dishes that go with this.

  207. “Whole-House Warshrag” or “Hey, at least she doesn’t make us wear it to SCHOOL!”
    Way to NOT feel constrained by the usual way of seeing things…if ya love somethin’, ya love it! =)

  208. “Whole-House Warshrag” or “Hey, at least she doesn’t make us wear it to SCHOOL!”
    Way to NOT feel constrained by the usual way of seeing things…if ya love somethin’, ya love it! =)

  209. The Brawny Man can finally go green!

  210. We’ve been saving up and hoping that we can afford to buy pants soon!

  211. While the younger children thought Grammy’s giant dishcloth was a riot, the older kids knew what lay in store…time to clean up from the church pot roast supper!

  212. While the younger children thought Grammy’s giant dishcloth was a riot, the older kids knew what lay in store…time to clean up from the church pig roast and pie-eating contest!

  213. With six kids, there was no time to worry about learning new patterns or knitting lots of different things.
    Personally, I love the shrunk the kids captions…

  214. “If you can’t wash ‘em, join ‘em”

  215. The giantess wondered why the carved spoons weren’t as shiny anymore. She put them on her used grey sponge, set the dishrag on top to let them keep soaking as she went to go look up how to re-shine silverware in her book of housekeeping “Martha’s Really Big Book of Housekeeping.” Jack’s children remained still until she had left the room: they were waiting to escape. They were so glad she had not put on her glasses while rinsing off the dishes.
    Oh. my. goodness. ya’ll are the funniest. ever.
    ari

  216. The giantess wondered why the carved spoons weren’t as shiny anymore. She put them on her used grey sponge, set the dishrag on top to let them keep soaking as she went to go look up how to re-shine silverware in her book of housekeeping “Martha’s Really Big Book of Housekeeping.” Jack’s children remained still until she had left the room: they were waiting to escape. They were so glad she had not put on her glasses while rinsing off the dishes.
    Oh. my. goodness. ya’ll are the funniest. ever.
    ari

  217. Only 21,120 slips … Let this be a lesson to you young-uns!

  218. Kids.
    Dishclothes.
    She just never knew when to stop.

  219. Hey – you on the left – smile!

  220. Bring on the Giant Pots and Pans!!!!

  221. The real reason that Jack finally cut down the beanstalk:
    “Guys, you knew about the harp and the goose, so when I said it would be fun to sneak into the Giant’s castle and clean up the place, I didn’t think you’d take it literally!”

  222. Thumbelina has a sleepover with her five less known cousins- Pinkybelino, Ringbelina, Tallbelina, Pointerbelino, and Bigtoebelino.

  223. Young dude on left: “Whaddaya suppose are the size of the dishes??”

  224. “Our mom knits dishcloths when she’s nervous… we’ve been very,very naughtly lately !!!!”

  225. It’s all about economy of scale. A bigger washcloth will clean up all six kids in one wipe.

  226. “there were six in the bed and the little one said “rollover…”

  227. “there were six in the bed and the little one said “rollover…”

  228. Six kids = Thousands of dollars per year
    Yarn = less than that
    Convincing them to quit fighting for the split second it takes to capture them digitally = Priceless

  229. “Completely covers up to five additional children!”

  230. “You wouldn’t be laughing if you saw what’s in the kitchen sink.”

  231. I love it that the contest ends at 10:42 am! Is that how many bricks there are?? 1042?

  232. “Marathon Epic Ballband Afghan of DOOM.” You could use just the acronym, MEBAD, and it would be the timeout blanket for any kids who mock mom’s knitting.

  233. “First we had to get rid of the paper towels. Now the paper blankets also? We’ve taken this ‘green’ thing a bit too far!”

  234. Man, I thought the ballband baby blanket I knit was big. I got nothing on this lady.
    “This one is for those industrial size pans.”

  235. Blocking can fix this.

  236. It’s a family dishcloth….One Size fits all!

  237. It’s a family dishcloth….One Size fits all!

  238. It’s a family dishcloth….One Size fits all!

  239. The family that washes dishes together, stays together.

  240. Well, it seemed like just a few scraps when I started.

  241. Kid on left: “so you think this is funny? Do you see me laughing?”

  242. Our parents went to TEXAS but all we got was this dishcloth.

  243. Our parents went to TEXAS but all we got was this dishcloth.

  244. More victims of the economic woes-family of six forced to move into giant dishcloth..

  245. The best place to hide your stash is right under their.

  246. The best place to hide your stash is right under their nose.

  247. Linda did not realize the full extent of her creation until one day when she heard the kids calling the amorphous blob “Mother”.

  248. “One for all and all for one.”
    or….
    “Live Ballband-Aid”
    (we could use the photo and this slogan for an on-line knitting fundraiser for food relief/water wells/education/micro-financing in Ethiopia, kind of like the Live Aid concerts in 1985 that raised money to relieve the Ethiopia famine. Seriously. aglimmerofhope.org has plenty of info on the incredible needs)

  249. Well, I think we have the dish-washing well covered!

  250. Today the family, tomorrow the world. Dishcloths unite!

  251. Bounty and Brawny overtaken by the brutal beauty of Ballband Extreme

  252. Okay we own up we are hiding all the dirty dishes under here.

  253. “I’m sorry,” Linda said smirkingly “I can’t wash any dishes until I finish knitting this ballband dish cloth. We’ll have to eat out again tonight.”

  254. I can’t sleep so Dyshlexics of the World Untie

  255. “How do you bind off again?”

  256. Not just WOW, but SHAM-WOW!

  257. Not just WOW, but SHAM-WOW!

  258. Not just WOW, but SHAM-WOW!

  259. So many great lines already! What a blast. And that row of kids totally made my day already.
    “And at night? She puts us ALL in the bathtub together, and we wash up!”

  260. They told her once, they told her twice
    she would not listen to advice
    but as a blanket it’s quite nice!
    (Alice in Wonderland)

  261. It’s bad enough that she makes me wear a twin shirt with my sister. I’ll never be able to show my face in junior high again.

  262. Poor Linda, hadn’t she learned in Home Ec? It’s not the size of the dishrag in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dishrag.

  263. You should see her Brillo pad!

  264. “Beauteous Ballband Buries Six Siblings”

  265. Completing her latest dishcloth, Linda realized her knitting obsession had risen to a whole new level…

  266. Gauge, schmage!

  267. ♫There were six in the bed and the little one said
    Roll over…

  268. “Dishes from the family reunion? Bring ‘em on!”

  269. Prolific procreation of humans and ginormous useful knit goods were this woman’s two cups of tea. Apparently quantity and quality both matter here.

  270. Do our butts look big in this?

  271. Finally, Linda reached the bottom of her stash bag!

  272. My suggestions:
    The MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER DISHRAG!
    It’s the revolutionary Sham-WOW dishcloth! It can clean your kitchen, or hide it from unsuspecting guests! You can clean (or hide) virtually ANYTHING with the Sham-WOW Dishcloth! You can get the amazing Sham-WOW dishcloth in YOUR kitchen for only $19.99 plus shipping and handling. But wait! There’s MORE (a lot more)! If you call within the next 15 minutes, we’ll DOUBLE your offer (don’t think we won’t…)

  273. Time to wash the kids!

  274. Little Johnny (on left) is not amused. He’s seen the dish towel and knows it’s his turn to dry.

  275. Honey, I blew up the dishcloth

  276. this group of knitters
    is funnier then leno and letterman
    thank you for all the laughs

  277. got the miracle gro confused with the dish detergent again.

  278. “That’s one way to get those dishes washed.”

  279. “With all these kids I needed a lot of washcloth!!!!!!”

  280. Are we cold or dirty?

  281. Multi-tasking at it’s best! Washes like a dishcloth and warms like a blanket!

  282. Um. Now we know the two things Mom likes to do…

  283. “Ain’t no warshrag wide enough . . .
    Ain’t no bathtub deep enough . .
    Ain’t no soapsuds thick enough
    To keep those kiddies clean . .”

  284. Caption: ‘I knew I should have done a swatch’.

  285. Oh my. I really should have done a swatch!

  286. It’s like potato chips. Once you start, you just can’t stop!

  287. Washed up? We are NOT all washed up!

  288. If you can dish it out…we can take it.

  289. If you can dish it out…we can take it.

  290. If you can dish it out…we can take it.

  291. If you can dish it out…we can take it.

  292. Mom is serious when says “do the dishes”.

  293. “A Band of Balls”
    because their last name obv-eee-ously is Ball right?

  294. “My, the dust bunnies HAVE grown.”

  295. Okay kids. No more excuses why EVERYONE can’t help with the dishes!

  296. Okay kids. No more excuses why EVERYONE can’t help with the dishes!

  297. All the Whos in Whoville curled up under the dishcloth and waited for the feast to begin.

  298. Hi, wondered what you guys would think of this, I found it on Ravelry described as an original, but it’s pretty close to the pattern and concept in your book…
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ballband-dishcloth-reusable-swiffer-cover

  299. My guess is 2,337 bricks.
    Is this to win a trip to Tahiti?
    ;)

  300. I know it is late but I just had to add this :
    “you think this washcloth is big just WAIT till you see the blanket”

  301. “washcloth for the whole family”
    “Family that bathes together, stays together” lol
    Just a few from me.

  302. “washcloth for the whole family”
    “Family that bathes together, stays together” lol
    Just a few from me.

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  304. Honey, I know we need to conserve, but seriously, even if we DO all shower together, can’t we have individual washcloths?

  305. The Borrowers were delighted to show off the new throw their humans had made.

  306. The Borrowers were delighted to show off the new throw their humans had made.

  307. I hope everything is ok? Where did you go????? Please update and let us know that everything is okay.

  308. I hope everything is ok? Where did you go????? Please update and let us know that everything is okay.

  309. I hope everything is ok? Where did you go????? Please update and let us know that everything is okay.

  310. Amen to that last comment…we are worried!

  311. Yeah, what she said!

  312. Me, too. Getting concerned at the prolonged giant dishcloth exposure…

  313. it’s been awfully quiet. I hope the gorgeous weather is what’s keeping you busy and that everything is ok. at least as well as it can be given the circumstances.

  314. we understand we all really do
    the storms of life do not
    go away as quickly as we
    want them to- but could some body
    say hi – does merle know how to type

  315. I, too, have been wondering if you are both OK…I have missed you!!

  316. I’m worried too. Thinking good thoughts for you both.

  317. Plus, I am thinking Linda’s kids are really sorry she sent in that picture about now.