Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Between Projects? Make a Spa Cloth!

I have so many projects started. There are numerous totebags, shopping bags, baskets and boxes o' yarn sitting around our place. The minute I bring a new yarn into the house, I have to try it out. I don't just make a swatch like I should, I start a little project. Needless to say, I tie-up many crochet hooks and knitting needles this way. I must have about 8 pairs of size 10's and about 15 "H" hooks all involved in some sort of yarn tangle. Of course, I end up getting bored with this new piece and move back to a larger project or even start something new. Eventually (usually about 6 months later), I do finish most everything.

When I'm in a lull, I like to whip out some kitchen cotton or Paton's shiny cotton and knit or crochet a washcloth. I've been calling them SPA CLOTHS...sounds fancier. I give these as hostess gifts, little birthday gifts, etc. I usually pair 2 cloths with some nice soap or bath gel. To make the gift seem even more elegant, I attach a little tag that says:

Spa Cloth
Hand-Knit/Crocheted by Ellen Bloom
Hand-knit, luxurious cotton spa cloth.
Stimulate your skin with this finely
textured fabric that gives you the maximum
absorbency, softness and durability.
Machine washable.
Everyone just loves receiving these as gifts. There's something about washing your face with 100% cotton that just makes you feel good. This is a good way to practice new stitches too. There are many washcloth patterns on the web. Try making one the next time you're in a crochet/knit funk.
My e-friend, Sedda is collecting washcloth squares to make into afghans and blankets to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Her group is called Knitzilla . They meet on Mondays in Silverlake. Previously, Sedda collected donated washcloths and sold them in various Silverlake boutiques to benefit Tsunami victims. See how fabulous spa cloths can be?



At 5:28 PM PDT, Blogger LadyLinoleum said...

I love that you call these spa cloths..

At 8:44 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi and love the spa cloths! Where did you find the pattern for the checkerboard one? Thanks. Mani

At 10:34 AM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hi Mani! I didn't follow a pattern for the checked spa cloth. I just used the principles of tapestry crochet found on any instructional crochet website. Good luck!
Ellen B.

At 8:21 AM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ellen! Thanks and your blog rocks! Mani :)

At 5:28 AM PST, Anonymous mickey said...

These look lovely!


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