I am not a big fan of cotton yarn. It is hard to knit and has no give except to become misshapen when you wear it. I do however LOVE LOVE LOVE making cotton dishcloths. If you have never scrubbed glass with a hand knit cotton dishcloth, email me and I will send you one (yes, really). Nothing cleans my corning ware dishes better. And I wash the dishcloths I would my everyday dish towel, so there are no icky germs lurking around the sink like you would find with kitchen sponges.
Western North Carolina used to be home to one of the manufacturers of dishcloth cotton yarn, Peaches and Cream brand from Pisgah Yarn Co. That is right, I said used to. A couple of weeks ago Pisgah Yarn closed its doors. Another textile mill falling victim to a changing economy.
Now I also have to admit if I were going for dishcloth cotton yarn, I might be more inclined to buy from their competitor, Sugar and Cream, because that is what they carry at AC Moore and I like their colorways a little better (emphasis on a little). But I did manage to take a trip out to Old Fort, NC to go to Pisgah Yarn a couple of years ago.
It was kind of like going to a speakeasy. The lobby was a cheaply paneled room with a sliding window to the “receptionist”. I was taken through the business office to a tiny back room with shelves of product and binders of colorways and patterns. The prices really were not far from what I would find in the stores, and there was nothing in the color selection that was rocking my world.
But opposite the shelves were ginormous mail bins containing overruns and misdyed yarns. This is where the real goods were. Inexpensively priced, most of these seconds were misdyed to lovely fashionable colorways. I came home with a box full of great dishcloth yarn for super cheap.
Over the last couple of months, I have spent the snow bound days knitting. But ironically I have not been knitting on the 12+ WIPs I have around the house. No I have been obsessed with making Tawashi. Usually I make my favorite basic dishcloth. But for what ever reason I have been obsessed with making cute little Japanese shapes.
Now tawashi patterns vary from unusual functional shapes to squee worthy cute little charcters. I opted for some basic shapes that were free patterns culled from the internet here and here. I know they are both written in Japanese. No I do not understand Japanese, but I do know how to read japanese charted patterns. It is pretty easy, give it a try.