2020: The Year of the Washcloth

I started my new job on March 2, 2020. Right before the Time of COVID (T.D.). I went from working five days a week to one day a week. I was grateful to be able to still go into the surgery center for a limited amount of time each week, but having tons of free time on my hands otherwise is not necessarily good for my mental health.

I wanted to get back into knitting again. I had several unfinished objects [UFOs] stashed away, but I didn’t feel like spending my free time weaving in all those ends. Weaving in ends is the most TEDIOUS task on the planet, am I right?

I have a VERY bad habit of not using up all the yarn I own, so I decided to look on Ravelry to see if there were any simple projects that would use up my scraps. And then it came to me.

WASH. YOUR. HANDS.

Washcloths! There were pages and pages of washcloth patterns that I could knit. They didn’t look too complicated, and there wouldn’t be thousands of ends to weave in. I was sold!

First washcloth on the needles

I think I knit the first washcloth in one day. It was so simple, so easy, so fun to accomplish something in such a short span of time.

Even though I’m a sloth when it comes to knitting (meaning VERY slow), the fact that I was able to complete a project in one day got me thinking that I could make these as Christmas presents.

I visited the Knit Picks website frequently so I could buy their Dishie yarn, which came in so many delicious colors and was really soft. I don’t know how many times I ordered yarn from them, but I’m surprised I haven’t gotten a thank you email. I mean, what gives Knit Picks?

I started with basic patterns in one color, like the basketweave.

But, then…I discovered patterns with more than one color of yarn, and I started to have so MUCH MORE FUN.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Oooh! Squishy!

I was either knitting, or washing and blocking washcloths, depending on the day. The most important thing is that I finished all of them in time for the holidays.

I knit for family. I knit for friends. I knit for my teammates. I think I ended up knitting more than 60 washcloths in total.

Washcloths for my teammates.
The homemade tags started a new obsession.

I’m grateful for all of it. It kept my frantic thoughts at bay. It gave me the creative outlet I needed when I didn’t want to take on a giant project (although, it ended up being a giant project that I was extremely proud of), and people really seemed to like them!

And that’s how 2020 became The Year of the Washcloth.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Auntie Beth
    May 19, 2021 @ 03:52:57

    Love mine! Glad you needed a ‘scrap’ project😘

    Reply

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