I would love to eliminate plastic from my life but I know this is impossible. I have so much plastic in my home and my life already; trying to remove it would just release that plastic into the wider environment. So what I will do with the plastic I have is use it and re-use it for as long as possible – it is there so using it is better than sending it to be recycled (which often doesn’t happen) or to landfill.
But I can take steps to keep new plastic out of my life and in this, my second, blog post about how yarn craft can help reduce plastic I will show you another small step that I take. That step is with cloths, be they dishcloths or washcloths. Microfibre cloths and manmade sponges are used frequently in cleaning; these are plastic based and, worse still, microfibre cloths release small microfibres into our water systems and ultimately into marine environments. So making my own cotton or linen wash and dish cloths is one of those small steps which can make a difference. Once they are used, they are added to the washing which happens on a daily basis, so are sparkling and clean ready for the next use.
I have made dishcloths for a long time, usually out of cotton. The simplest ones to make are just granny squares but it is more fun to play with stitches and that is what I do frequently. Below are a selection of some of my cloths
The one on the right is a well used dishcloth. It is a sample square for a blanket I designed 5 years ago – so it has been around for a while but wasn’t used as a dishcloth immediately. Still it has had good use and been in the washing machine umpteen times.
The other 2 are shown again above. On the left is one I made a few evenings ago – I just doodled with my hook and out came a pretty washcloth. I haven’t written the pattern up, maybe I will soon. On the right is an old washcloth pattern from 6 years ago – used in a workshop. I had forgotten about this until I started thinking about this blog post. The pattern was written 6 years ago, so I decided to release it and remake the washcloth in 2 colours. It’s a sampler washcloth worked in rows. The lovely thing about a sampler washcloth is that it is a fabulous way to practice your stitches and if it turns out beautiful then it would make a lovely present – so win, win! But if it turns out a little less than perfect it is still very useful as a dishcloth for yourself – so still win, win!.
You can find the pattern here. And if you want to take a small step to reduce plastic use, then you can get the pattern free if you use coupon code PLASTIC when purchasing – this is available until midnight GMT on Sunday 5th August 2018.
Until I share my next little step…….
Happy crocheting xxx