Knitted Eco-Friendly Dishcloths

dish cloth kitsIf you can cast your minds back to a few weeks ago, you’ll remember that I spent a sunny Saturday morning at Yarndale Knitting Festival in Skipton. Whilst I was there, and amongst many others, I visited this stall run by the lovely Fiona and Christine of Catch-e-Monkey and Rose Cottage Crafts and picked up my very own DIY Dishcloth kit!

The kit consists of a ball of cotton aran yarn, 5.5mm knitting needles and the instructions for how to knit 3 different dishcloths: one in garter stitch, one in linen stitch and one with a checkerboard effect. For a new-to-knitting beginner like myself this kit was perfect as it allowed me to create useful items very quickly as well as knitted dishclothspractice my knitting stitches at the same time!

The kits are available for just £6.50 and, although Catch-e-Monkey has no online shop, I’m sure that if you contact Fiona through Twitter or Facebook then she’d be happy to help.

What do you think of my finished dishcloths? Have you ever tried knitting something so simple yet so effective yourself? Now I just need to bring myself to actually use them for their intended purpose – there’s something inside me dreading the thought of them being used to wipe up tomato sauce!

Knitting a Woolly Hat

Carol Meldrum woolly hatIt’s September, it’s almost Autumn and it’s very nearly the time to start wearing wool again! Normally when the winds are blowing and the rain is falling I turn to my knitted beret (shop bought, I must admit) but this year I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at making my own hat.

The pattern I’ve picked is one from the book ’30 Minute Knits’ by Carol Meldrum. I highly doubt it’ll take me just 30 minutes to make, but I’m going to try my best. I’ve also been assured by McA Direct (a knitting store who contacted me through Twitter) that wool, needles and knitting bookthe author, Carol Meldrum, creates patterns that are lots of fun to do! So fingers crossed…

The pattern calls for one 100g ball of super chunky wool and 12mm knitting needles. I don’t own either, so on my lunch today I popped down to the wool shop in my town and picked up the couple of things you can see in the picture. I’ve got some jumbo-size, plastic, 12mm needles (they look a bit like toy knitting needles!) and some Wendy Mega Chunky Wool in shade 2244 – this is apparently silver but I’d say it was more a grey-blue colour.

Now I just hope that it goes to plan, I can polish off the rust and I can remember how to knit!