I drove back home today with a van full of treasures. Husband was hoping I would detour to the dump before coming home. He is such a thrift store scrooge! He was, however, most delighted with the giant box of cherries that I brought home.
While at Mum's, I busied my hands with dishcloth knitting. I can knit a dishcloth in an evening while blabbing away or watching TV. Husband says these are the best for washing dishes bar none. Since he is the dishwasher in the house, I will take his word for it. I cannot help but think about one of my teachers, whenever I knit a dishcloth. She taught most of her grade three class to knit a dishcloth before Christmas. The students then sold their completed dishcloths to their families for a $5 donation to the food bank. It was a win win all around. The children learned to knit. The families got a great dishcloth and the food bank received donations. How awesome! Even the students who did not quite master knitting had a part in at least wrapping the cotton when it was time while an adult actually manipulated the needles. This was referred to a co-knitting. It works. At the end of the school year, there was still knitting going on in her class. I think she created a whole group of knitters single-handedly. And that is a wonderful thing.
If you are interested in knitting up a dishcloth, all you need are a pair of needles, and some 100% cotton. It is readily available at any craft or department store. I have my favourite dishcloth pattern, from one of my aunties, here.