I am a fan of the letter D. I have to be, it's practically my surname. When my surname confuses people - which it does on a stupefyingly regular basis, for a word that is only 4 letters long, I tell them that there are 3 ds and an o - they can pick the order.
D has a hard sound, but still has a softness about it, unlike the letter t, which is all hardness. Dishcloths are the same - they have to be tough and durable, but still soft enough to soak up water and to not scratch delicate glasses and china.
I am currently challenging myself to make a dishcloth a day for the next 2 weeks. I do a bit of craft work (not to be confused with Kraftwerk) for a charity called Knitting for Brisbane's Needy. This is a not for profit group, run by a wonderful woman named Karen, with donations made by loads of wonderful men and women to help people in Brisbane doing it tough. The thing I really love about this group, is that most of the members are doing it tough themselves. Many are pensioners (be it old age or disability) giving back to the community. Fortunately, we get a lot of yarn donated from deceased estates and so forth so these people can continue their good work.
Some of our members are absolute machines, churning out blankets and jumpers like there is no tomorrow, and their work is always beautiful. One of our members has broken her back and can't sit down. She knits lying down - imagine that! I find her work incredibly inspiring. When we have yarn donated, she looks through for all the fiddly bits that others (like me) have no patience for. She takes them home and comes back the next month with beautiful jumpers, beanies and so forth, with the most gorgeous colourwork, all made from ends. She makes sure that nothing goes to waste.
On September 12, the group has been given the opportunity to participate in a school fete in the Glasshouse Mountains in order to make some money for yarn and basic expenses to help keep our members going. I've already made a number of beaded bracelets for the occasion. At our last meeting, we received some cotton from a deceased estate. I nabbed it and want to make dishcloths with it for the stall.
I don't know f I'm a particularly fast knitter, but I can churn out a dishcloth in about 3 hours. So, a dishcloth a day seems like a feasible challenge. (I have a heap of other knitting happening at the same time - September is full of birthdays! - or I would make it two) .So far I've done three - today is time for number 4. The donation was a heap of 8 ply white cotton and a few balls of 5 ply red and blue, so there may be some interesting colour mixes in the future of this challenge. Any other colours are ones I have lying around (gotta love stash).
So break out the pom poms to cheer for Fyrewitch's Dishcloth challenge. Is anyone game enough to join me for a challenge of their own???