If you are not a dishcloth knitter, keep moving, nothing to see here. But for the few, the proud, the stubborn among us, who openly knit the humble dishcloth in the face of dismissive public opinion, at times even from fellow knitters, it’s a big day each year when Janet Nogle’s Dishcloth Calendar comes out.
Well, my raisiny-handed friends, the 2010 Dishcloth Calendar is here, where you can purchase a download or a printed copy of 38 glorious new episodes in your journey of dishrag-knitting love.
My contribution this year is a knitted dishcloth salute to Orla Kiely For Target, this past spring’s wonderful collection of housewares featuring the mod graphic fruits and flowers of Orla Kiely, whose work I admire and long to collect. I love it when something in the mass market, like Fiesta Ware, for example, is so good that you can’t get anything like it, and certainly not anything better, no matter what you pay. There is no Fiesta Ware but Fiesta Ware, and there is no Orla Kiely for Target but Orla Kiely for Target. I’m sad that it was a limited run this past spring and summer. I’m glad that I scored a modest hoard of it, and I thank good friends who unquestioningly followed my instructions to head immediately to the nearest Target to see if they had any Orla canisters left.
It’s called “Per Orla” (get it? “pear”? “Orla”?), and it owes a big debt to the Ballband Dishcloth and also to the miracle of applied i-cord. Applied i-cord remains my favorite knitting trick, now and forever.
Technical point: this pattern has been test-knitted by a Boston Red Sox fan, who (OBVIOUSLY) would never say a Yankee fan’s knitted pear was error-free unless it really was. (Thanks Wendy! I know it’s killing you! We have to overcome our ancient animosities, for the greater good of dishrag knitting.)
At a recent seance, Paul Cezanne told me that he had painted enough fruit on earth, and has taken up knitting in the afterlife. He added that “votre poire, elle n’est pas mal!” Je vous en prie, mon vieux!
Happy dishragging, everybody.
P.S. Miss Gardiner’s dishcloth cotton was supplied by Peaches & Creme. Thanks P & C!