What’s in the stash?

Over recent weeks I’ve been enjoying rummaging through my yarn stash and reminding myself of what I have squirreled away. There is some lovely wool, but there are also quite a lot of balls and oddments of stuff that I really have no desire to ever use… quite a bit of which has been passed on to me over the years, rather than stuff I actually bought. So, I’m putting together a box to go off to a charity craft shop (once they are in a position to accept it) and I’m working my way through some of the bits and pieces in a variety of projects like the dinosaurs. The last few days, however, have been all about cotton.

A while back I bought a couple of packs of discontinued organic cotton yarn. The colours were not ones that I would want for a garment, but since the point was to make wash cloths, that really didn’t matter. I also discovered a ball of actual dishcloth cotton, made from recycled fibres. So, in the spirit of play, I’ve been choosing various granny square patterns and crochet stitches and working up squares. On the basis that you can never have too many cleaning cloths in the bathroom and kitchen, I’m just keeping going. So far, no two are the same:

If you crochet and have a favourite pattern for making cloths, do let me know what it is… I’ve got lots of yarn and am always keen to try something different.

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  1. Far too pretty to use for cleaning!!!

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  2. They are lovely. The one I bought from you at, was it Bristol? Or Birmingham? Lasted for ages.

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    • Yes… they do last a good long time and because they are cotton, they can be washed in really hot water to get them clean. And, of course, any fibres they shed will break down in the environment.

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  3. Much too lovely for cleaning! I am afraid that when I make cloths I use a really boring pattern because I think it makes the resulting cloth more wringable. Which is rows of trebles with following rows going between not into the stitches of the previous row. I have only made dish and floor cloths.

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    • These ones are currently in the bathroom to use as face cloths… they will migrate to the kitchen to be used as dishcloths once they stop being so soft.

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      • I didn’t think to make face cloths – what a good idea. I use my old cotton clothes, cut into squares, for dishcloths, old pyjamas are particularly good – some are still in use after more than 20 years.

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  4. How about some to hold up plants in their pots? Those dangly macrami holders (can someone correct my spelling please).

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  5. I do crochet cleaning cloths in navy cotton (which makes them look presentable a bit longer than cream, I think), despite being unable to do anything but the most basic stitch. I also make thicker ones in heavier cotton yarn to serve the purpose of paper towel, as they’re very absorbent.
    These are lovely. I’d be using them to make some sort of blanket, and then unpicking them back into clothes when it got too damaged by doggy attentions.

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  6. Very nice! You must have a mountain of yarn to have made these and more in the pipeline. Your house will be empty by the time you get back into the world beyond your front door.

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  7. Wow, I always like it when people make things like this. My cleaning cloths are cut up t-shirts. They last a good long while, but mostly don’t look as good as yours!

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  8. I have quite a number of knitted face cloths – as you have replied at one point – when tatty off to other cleaning duties. Some of mine don’t always go that soft – but others become almost a favourite and usually whatever they were made of in the first place, no longer on hand…I often use very thin threads together (leftover from my fabric weaving days)
    But I also cut up old clothes for cleaning, a couple of dirty jobs and out they go but I’ve not truly wasted anything money and they at least get another use…

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  9. So pretty and, as others have said, I’d have made a throw or a cushion cover at the very least. You might have too many of those already though as so many of us do if we crochet or knit so you will just have some very beautiful face cloths instead.

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  10. I think I will have to raid your store of patterns for granny squares! Those are very pretty. I have some cotton I was given so maybe…..

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  11. They’re so pretty, I’d never be able to choose which one to use!
    It’s been on my list for ages to try making some washcloths, but I’ve not yet got round to it.

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  12. So pretty! I would almost hate to use them.

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