My latest project has been consuming almost of my free time for past few weeks. I am the person behind Dish and Wash Cloth Mania. I realized one day when looking at the site that it had a lot of dead links. I knew it had been neglected for a few months, but had no idea how desperately it needed my attention. I was so ashamed of it that at one point I considered making it private until there was time to make the necessary changes. Since that was not the best decision, my next choice was to jump in and work on it as hard as I do any other major project in life.
In the past two and half weeks all of the dead links have been removed. New links are being added everyday. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than I anticipate because of my habit of cross referencing patterns . For example, a round, lacy crocheted cloth will be added to each page where it fits. My motivation is to make it easier and more efficient to use the site.
A new pattern has been added : Melinda Cloth
I will be updating the picture in the next few weeks. Please enjoy using and making it.
I have not posted much in the past month because I have been buy knitting. One of the the young ladies at work, who is also the mother of a toddler, had a new baby a couple of months ago. Another younger lady is expecting a child sometime within the next month. I have been busy knitting them some washcloths. In addition to cloths for the babies, I am making some for the toddler, using favorite colors.
Here are some group pictures of the cloths:
Light Colored Cloths
Here is a picture of the darker cloths:
Dark Colored Cloths
The patterns I used are: Basket Rib Cloth and Hills and Valleys
If you want more details about them, my Ravelry ID is scrunchyy. The pictures there are a lot easier to see and show the colors a lot better.
My original motivation for having a blog was to talk about my adventures in knitting and crocheting. I was just starting to knit dishcloths. since i wasn't working outside the home, I relied on patterns from library books and books from my own collection. I learned very quickly that the internet is a very rich source of free patterns for all manner of dish and wash cloths. Rather than saving all the links in the Bookmark folder of my browser, I decided to list them on a side bar of my blog. Little did I know, how many were and are available. After a very short time my list had grown to the extent that it seemed most practical to devote an entire blog to this topic. Thus was born Dish and Wash Cloth Mania.
What started as a very small blog, has grown over the years to have more than forty pages and more links than I can imagine. I continue to be fascinated not only making dish and wash cloths, but by searching for them on the internet.
There are some amazingly creative designers and artists who share the
fruit of their love and labor with the rest of the world by turning
their patterns into dish or wash cloths, They are all beautiful! Due to piracy and copyright issues, some designers have begun making
free patterns available only through Ravelry. I respect this.
Over the years, web hosts have gone out of business; designers have died or moved on to other activities; and others have quit offering free patterns in favor of selling them.In spite of these things the availability of free patterns remains astounding.
If you never tried making one, please do so. You might find you like them.