They seem to either LOVE the handmade dishcloth... or HATE it! Either they can't get enough of them... or they can't imagine anything more repulsive. There doesn't seem to be much middle ground. Which side of the fence do you stand on???
Until a couple of years ago, I hadn't even heard of a knitted dishcloth...
When I did hear about them... my response was UGH! Why make something beautiful, and then subject it to kitchen duties like that??? It made no sense to me.
But there are so many people around who LOVE their dishcloths. In the end, I decided that I had to try them... so that I could make an informed decision.
Well... I'm now converted!
LOVE the humble dishcloth and all that it represents. I had a friend visiting with his daughter a litle while back... and at one point he needed a dishcloth to wipe up a kiddie mess at the table. I passed him one of my fabulous creations... and he BURST OUT LAUGHING!!! and said "OMG... this looks just like something you would find at great aunt betty's house!"
I'm not entirely sure that it was meant to be a compliment... but I took it as one. I love that it has an old world charm, reminiscent of days gone by... and a simpler lifestyle.
Recently I made a dishcloth as part of a 'prize pack' for my local craft group. There will be lots of different cloths in the pack... all of which will look fabulous.
But I wanted mine to jump out from the others. Not to be bigger or grander or fancier than the others... I just wanted it to distinctly say:
"I WAS MADE BY LAUGHING PURPLE GOLDFISH"
- there's lots of colours... because I can never choose just one
- a simple design... just the way I like it... easy to make, and you don't need much pattern detail when you have all those colours
- it has a tasseled trim... so I didn't have to weave in any ends
- and made from recycled materials.. of course!
- plus it has a scrappy quality to it... which I adore