Mom-in-law's dishrag

Jeff1201PA's picture

My boyfriend's mother is awesome.  One late, drunken night, shortly after I just started knitting, I was telling her that I was having trouble with purling.  She wanted so desperately to help me with it (my own mother crochets but knows nothing about knitting - besides, she's not nearly as cool) that, lacking any knitting supplies whatsoever, she grabbed a pair of chopsticks and some of my boyfriend's crochet thread and cast on. 

Somehow through the Jagermeister haze, she succeeded in teaching me to purl and every time I see her, she asks me about my knitting.  She was so amazed when I started knitting in the round on DPNs and she loves my tube scarf.  She oooed and aaahed over the coasters I made for my boyfriend. 

As integral and supportive she has been to my new hobby, it is astonishing to me that I haven't made anything for her yet.  The last time I saw her, she said that she had never used a hand-knit dishrag.  I told her that once she uses one, she'll never go back to those cheap woven ones.  I have several sitting around that I finished but haven't given away or used yet (they last forever) but I wanted to make one specially for her. 

Given the popularity of the basketweave pattern, I decided to make a 4x4 basketweave dishcloth to present to her.  I am pleased with the results - not a mistake to be seen (unless you're sharp enough to find the two twisted stitches that I decided were so unnoticable that it wasn't worth going back to correct).  I hope she likes it as much as I do.


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Great work!  What a wonderful pattern.  Good for you.  Sounds like you've got a winner as far as Inlaws go.   I do too.  Ya can't beat having a wonderful family around.

 I'm gonna have to do some of those dishcloths for us, also.  Really  choice!



~Mike in Tampa 

Sounds like she's pretty lucky too.  Great job.


Well done Jeff. Im really impressed. Ive been following you threads for a while now and I can see you are really getting the hang on this knitting thing. I always look forward to seeing your next creations, they just keep getting better and better. Excellent.


Aaronknits's picture

Very nice basket weave!!! 

 One of my co-workers recently went on a business trip to China, and came back with chopsticks (really nice ones) for everyone.  I initially thought he was giving me a pair of knitting needles.  At least I know how to use those!  Still haven't managed to master the art of using chopsticks.

charmingbilly's picture

those dishclothes are a great way to find the guage when knitting a pattern intended for something larger, too!  you've inspired me to do something more useful with these swatches i accumulate.