Poor little dishcloths

My crocheted dish cloths are the most loved and the most abused of all my crafting creations.

Before…..

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After…. (I was kind to viewers and washed them first before photographing them):

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Now my faded and worn crochet dishcloths say a couple of things to me: 1. I do a lot of cleaning …. sigh; and 2. These are amazing little work horses.  While the colour may fade after a ton of cycles in the washer, the cotton doesn’t fray and the stitches hold their shape.  I’ve even had mine stuck in the garburator but that poor thing did land itself in the garbage bin after that incident.

The above cloths were made alternating rows of single and double crochet.  I’ve tweaked that a little and below is now my standard dishcloth and washcloth pattern using Bernat Handicrafter cotton:

Using size H hook, chain 26

Row 1: 1 sc in the 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc, [1 sc, 1 hdc] repeat [ ] until one stitch left, 1 sc;
Row 2: Ch 2, 1 hdc in 3rd chain from hook, 1 sc, [1 hdc, 1 sc] repeat [ ] until last stitch, 1 hdc;
Row 3: Ch 1, 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc [1 sc, 1 hdc] repeat [ ] until last stitch, 1 sc;

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern until fabric makes a square.  Weave in ends.

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Above is Bernat’s Handicrafter cotton in Earth Ombre.  The light, concrete colour blue adds some coolness to the warm browns  – this is my favourite of Bernat’s variegated cotton yarn.

I love to give these as house-warming gifts or  as part of a spa gift.  If you’re ever in a pinch for a quick crochet project, these are easy, versatile and a stash buster!

Happy crochet!

 

New Yarn Purchase ~ Sakura Cotton in Amazing Fall Colours

my yarn stash continues to grow and grow….guilty pleasure #1 (which comes just ahead of watching Gilmore Girls re-runs over and over) —  buying yarn for the pure pleasure of “I must have it!” , no particular project in mind but just it’s beautiful and I will think of something eventually.

I’m very excited about my latest purchase – Sakura Cotton (distributed by Estelle Yarns)

I picked up two 100g hanks of Sakura Cotton, it’s called colour no. 52803 but if I had to name it, I would call it “Canadian Fall”  There are beautiful hues of reds, oranges, yellows and browns, all colours that make up the leaves falling this time of year here in Vancouver, BC.

Made of 50% cotton, 30% viscose and 20% silk, this yarn has texture while remaining soft, making me lean towards using it for a lacy style shawl/wrap – light enough for fall but adds warmth on the chillier mornings.

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If you have a project idea that you think would be perfect for these lovelies, please share! I’d love to hear from you!  

Super Quick to Make Travel Coffee Cup Cozies

To all you coffee drinkers out there!

I am a creature of habit. There are generally only two beverages that I will order again and again without fail – the no foam, extra hot, non-fat latte and the non-fat caramel macchiato, extra hot, with extra caramel on top.  

Being an environmentally sensitive soul, I like to use a resuable, recyclable mug – it’s good for at least 10 to 12 coffees before it just can’t lose that stale coffee scent, even after washing.  

I started making some simple cozies for my travel coffee mugs – why use a plain cardboard sleeve when I can keep my hands warm and comfy on soft cotton in beautiful colours?  

Behold the pretty and environmentally friendly travel mug sleeve!

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Yes, I am catering to Starbucks in these pictures but that’s only because it’s my favourite on-the-go coffee cup right now.  

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These cozies are made with Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton.  They work up quickly using a combination of single and half-double crochet stitches, worked in the round.  Make it as tall and colourful as you like!