Christmas will be here before you know it! No, really: it's barely three and a half months away. I thought I should make a dishcloth. So I tried out the Stocking pattern from Dishcloths for Special Days.
I have nearly a full cone of red cotton yarn and I do love Christmas stockings. And I like these types of dishcloths where you make a picture with your purl stitches. The pattern calls for #8 needles, and I figured I should jump down to a #6 because I have a loose gauge. But my #6 needles were all occupied, so I used #5s. That's why this is a bit skinny. I bet this will loosen up with some use. Cotton can shrink a bit when it's dried, but it's also less likely to snap back after it stretches in hot water. I bet it will all even out. Either way, you can tell that this is a stocking on this dishcloth and you'll probably still be able to tell even after this has been through a few washings.
When I was growing up, my mom had a few Christmas dish towels and coffee cups. Most of our seasonal things were purely decorative--wreaths, wallhangings, and whathaveyou--but the everyday items were really fun for me to use. If you're going to dry off some dishes, you may as well use that dish towel with Santa on it and then enjoy that picture of his jolly face when you draped it over something. Having even mundane, year-round types of items that celebrated the season made me happy.
I'm the same way with dishcloths. I like the idea of using my Christmas-y dishcloths during December. Although, I have to say that I also love using my Christmas-y dishcloths when we're nowhere near December. I crocheted a Christmas-y dishcloth last season that I sometimes pull out from the back of the drawer because I just want to see some Christmas cheer when I clean up a mess. I'm hoping this brings a little bit of Christmas cheer to my gift stash, and to whomever eventually receives this as a gift.
I had actually planned on knitting the Pumpkin dishcloth for this week, but I wasn't sure if I had enough orange yarn. But now I'm glad I've knitted another little Christmas project. It's never too early to get in the spirit, right? Right? Let's pretend like that's the case.
Because I still have a lot of red cotton yarn and there's a candy cane pattern in here that's just waiting for me to try it out.