Sunday, February 27, 2011


"CROCHET: needlework done with a hooked needle"
and I would like to add: and LOVE!
I have mentioned before that one of my favorite things to do is crochet dish~clothes! That is the only thing I know how to crochet! A 100% cotton crochet dish~clothe can last for years. My girls can tell you they do because their kitchen drawers are filled with them! Well worth the time in making one. Crocheting relaxes me and lowers my blood pressure and good for the soul!
Do you crochet or knit?

Hopefully Spring is in the air! Just finished a Easter garland!
Have a wonderful week!


Tins and Treasures said...

Good afternoon, Maryjane,
I love to knit and crochet, both. The great thing about dishcloths is that the project is small enough to take in the car when traveling out of town.

We had been stranded in this most recent blizzard, so I am way behind on blog reading and commenting. I hope everything is well with you.

Have a relaxing Sunday ~Natalie

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hi Mary...
I never crochet but I love and want to do some Love your so colourful and pleasant one... its beautiful I knew crochet but never tries may be some time soon...
Want to have some easy one bite chocolate crunches… hope you liked them at

Sarah said...

Pretty colors, MaryJane. Love the spring/Easter garland. I'm so ready for springtime. Enjoy your day! ~ Sarah

Carleen said...

I love to crochet. It relaxes me & lets me escape from the world for only a moment.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Maryjane, I love crocketed dish cloths! I use them until they are ratty (I use them hard)! They are prized at StoneGable.
Your pictures are so happy and creative, they made me smile!
xo Yvonne

Terra said...

I may take up crocheting in future, I have a handmade cap that I bought and those would be fun to make. Your Easter garland is pretty and creative.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I used to crochet...did a few afghans, but I am afraid I have forgotten. Need to pick it up again soon!

Sandy said...

What beautiful eye candy Maryjane! And, yes, I do crochet and I love it. When I started crocheting again (for the 3rd time!) I told my hubby I would just make small things like dishcloths (and I did make quite a few and gave them all away) but I have surprised myself and have crocheted larger projects that I never thought I could do...I'm on my 7th throw. And I love to do granny squares!
Your Easter banner is so pretty! I love it. I made an Easter egg wreath last year but I have to re-hot glue some of the eggs that came loose. Thanks for sharing your lovely things.

JeanieB said...

Those dishcloths would make any cleaning chore a joy - so colourful.
I knit. Crochet is still a little beyond me .. but I persevere.

LadyV said...

Your dish cloths are so colourful and cheery...I know how to crochet but have not done so in a very long time. Just yesterday I said to a friend that I think I will try my hand at crocheting a granny square throw. Now when it comes to knitting, I knit a lot! I also spin and weave. They're all very relaxing.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Dear Maryjane,
Oh, I loved todays post. Well, I actually like them all :) :) I actually learned to crochet first. My grandmother taught me one summer. For some reason, I never kept at it. I learned to knit while I was living in Norway. Knitting comes very easily for me. Crochet is more of a challenge. However, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE learning...and I really love those dishcloths that you made ;) :) They're so bright and beautiful. What kind of yarn do you use? I like to use Lily's Sugar N Cream cotton yarn. Those dishcloths would also make lovely washcloths for the face, or luxurious bathcltohs for the bathtub :) :) Have a nice week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Dawn Dutton said...

I enjoy both knitting and crocheting. Love your yarn choices!

Debbie said...

I made your laundry soap and really like it. I had to use Fels Naptha because I haven't been able to find Zote. I'll keep looking.
My mother in law gives me knitted wash cloths. They are so nice to use and wash well and last forever. Yours are so bright and pretty. I enjoy visiting you and seeing the pretty things you create.

kpaints said...

You are so funny! I crochet dishcloths to keep my hands busy too!!! Nanner...nanner...I have more! That's why I started an etsy shop! Ha!

Very pretty garland!

Tonia said...

We must be kindred spirits!! I love to crochet too...and only dishcloths! I couldn't read a pattern if my life depended on it. My grandmother taught me years ago when i was small...and now her mind is no longer with her.

If you love to do that to should try making old fashioned toothbrush rugs...i have a video that shows how on my blog... shows you the basics. Rug making is now my passion.....and lowers my blood pressure too!!!

May God bless you!!!


Lorilee said...

I love the colors of your dishcloths. I recently began crocheting again. In the past, I mostly did edgings with cotton thread. I recently made a tote bag and am now working on a Japanese flower shawl. I had to learn to read a crochet diagram. That was better than learning Japanese!

Mimi Sue said...

You are quite prolific in your dishcloth making! We are doing some back to basic classes in our RS night meetings and one of the things we're going to learn to do is crochet. Why don't you come up here and teach a class?!? Mimi

Busy As Can Be said...

I love to make wash cloths to go with my dish towels. Yours look so pretty!

Melanie said...

Hello Maryjane! I just love your blog. So pretty! I love to crochet simple projectslike dishcloths and I've just learned to knit. I agree needlework is so relaxing. Have a beautiful day!

Marianne C. said...

Good day, Maryjane! I love to crochet and knit, too. Though my crochet is much more advanced than my knitting. Knitting consists mostly of scarves or potholders/discloths, but still fun for me.

Your dishcloths are so colorful and fun. And your Easter garland is very pretty - so much like Spring.


mycreationsandinspirations said...

I just covered your blog.I'm impressed.I do knit and crochet.I have opened new blog from Turkey.
have a good day.....

KayC. said...

I don't do either but would LOVE to learn how to crochet. I have tried before(granny squares-which I love the best!)But I would have to keep making them over and over and over, then maybe it would stick in my head, because, if I don't make them over and over and over I forget how to make them and the instructions are like a foriegn language to me.Then to top it off...I'm a lefty. How sad is that!!! I would also love to learn how to crochet dishcloths. What can I say...I dream of having a pile of dishcloths that are just a wonderful as yours. Maybe someday....

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...

happy week!
from Chile

Atelier de Charo said...

I love to crochet too!
Love your Easter garland!


Brenda Kula said...

I use to crochet, but only knew how to do single rows. I want to learn to do more!

April said...

my girls(all three!)are learning crochet--we hope to have a "class" this week with a friend who KNOWS how. :)
i need to get them to make ME some dishcloths! what a great, fun, USEFUL idea!

Katmom said...

hey sweetie,
I LUV the yummy sherbert colors of your dish clothes,,,,and I have used mine(the ones you made me) to death and then some!
I too am "hooked" on crochet, but for me it is rag! problem is, what do you do with a stack of ragrugs? lol!
Happy Spring my friend.

Tiffani said...

you are correct mom....i have a kitchen drawer filled with these, and they are the only wash clothes i use!
i love them because they are so colorful and hold up for so long!
thank you for your love that you intertwine into them!

Elsie said...

Hi Maryjane~ I have been crocheting since about 1969.
I love it because you can take
it with you. I crocheted baby
hats while staying with the sick
at the hospital. Love your choice
of colors. Hope you are having a
good week too.

Elyse said...

hi maryjane,

i love every photo in this post. adorable! i don't crochet and barely knit. maybe someday? for now, i'll keep on tinkering! LOL

lucky me because i have some of your sweet dishtowels!


Shelli said...

♥LOVE THE dish rags! You know we kinda expect them every holiday :) Nothing works better than yours MOM! :)

XingyMingy said...

I love your Easter garland! (And the decorations around the fireplace are so cute too).

I used to be able to knit, but then I forgot... I'd love to take it up again soon though!

Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane

Jennifer @ Just Peachy in Dixie said...

Yes, I too love to crochet dishcloths. So quick, instant gratification. Such lovely colors! Do you do your own photography? Dishcloths never looked so beautiful!! ;)

Jennifer @

chobensa said...

It is a joy to see a stack of my own 100% cotton crocheted dishrags in my drawer! I give them away to newlyweds and for housewarming gifts, as well -- a stack of like colors tied with ribbon and an instruction tag for how to keep clean and bright. I've developed a method for cleaning (can't bleach as beautiful colors dull to grey) but now find the homemade laundry detergent cleans and sanitizes them beautifully (leftover boiled-on soap in pot making liquid detergent from dry). If terribly soiled, can rub in some OxiClean to boost/stain remove. YAY! <3

corners of my life said...

What fun colors, your dish cloths. They are fun to make and one thing friends love to get. I give them away in sets of three: one for the sink, one for the drawer, and one in the laundry.

GerryART said...

Just found your blog this morning via
Brynwood Needleworks.
Your blog just brightened my morning.
Love your colors, love your style.
I'm now one of your Followers.

Be Wit'nWise said...

So neat I love to Crochet and so do my sisters Anabel, Miranda, Dana, and Rosalinda, and my mom. Anabel really loves it she has a HUGE ball of Red { fire engine red!} thread!


Amber Bidwell said...

I am currently attempting to teach my left handed self. I have the initial slip knot and I am practicing the initial chain.......having issue with lesson 2 LOL......but hey will have a nice chain for my Christmas tree.