$1.50 Crochet Dishcloth Therapy

So I have a little bit of an obsessive-compulsive personality. I like things aligned, clean, orderly, and where they belong. Every day my desk looks exactly the same when I leave my office. I always line up my canning jar lids “just so” on my canning jars, and every label is even.

When Dad got his cancer diagnosis, I felt lost. I couldn’t can because I was running up and down I-81 and spending every bit of free time learning about colon cancer. I felt like I was out of control, and I needed something to control.

After a few visits of sitting on the sofa next to Mom, watching her crochet, I started to get the itch to do something. Penny (of Back to Basics) and Charlotte (of Drypond Farm), two local Facebook friends, mentioned knitting and crocheting, and Penny mentioned dishcloths as a good way to get started. Well, I try to knit — I’m just not good at it — but crochet, I love!

I learned to crochet when I was 5 years old. My Granny gave me a hook and a ball of yarn and taught me to chain stitch. I chained that whole ball of yarn.

Over the years the hook has come out every now and then, but I have never had the patience to finish anything large. I remember making a dozen or so granny squares, the start of an afghan, but I have no idea where they ended up. I probably donated them.

I’ve always had a few balls of yarn. In 2005 (or so), Mom bought me a beginner’s knitting book that also included crochet. I made a few toys for the cats, but again, I didn’t do much else.

In November, I crocheted a few jar cozies on the spur of the moment. The cozies keep canning jars from sweating when I drink out of them…’cause, yeah, I’m country, and I drink out of canning jars. I also eat hot soup out of them.

So I stopped in at Michael’s to look for yarn. I found cute little balls of 100% cotton and picked up a few. I’ve since purchased them at other stores, and on average (including sale prices), I’ve spent about $1.50 per skein… thus, I call this my $1.50 therapy! What IS “this”?

Crocheting dishcloths!

Nothing special, just squares of stitches. I’m practicing new stitches and learning better technique on old stitches. Mom has helped by giving me tips and pointers.

I don’t know what I’m going to do with all of the dishcloths. I do want them to find new homes, perhaps keeping the not-so-great ones for myself. I’d love to make it a money raiser for the American Cancer Society somehow, but I can’t figure out the logistics right now.

So for now, I’ll just keep crocheting.

Do you like any of these dishclothes? Let me know which you like — I need the feedback!

Some of My Crocheted Dishclothes

Some of My Crocheted Dishclothes

Want the patterns? I plan to write up the ones I’ve done from scratch. For others, check out my Pinterest Crochet Board.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

4 comments to $1.50 Crochet Dishcloth Therapy

  • Penny

    I just love every single one of those dish cloths. You did such a nice job with them. I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite – they are all so pretty!

  • Denise Wright

    My New Year’s Resolution is to make 365 dishcloths. I haven’t quite decided what to do with them when I get done. Right now I am thinking about 2 different charities that may be able to use them. The local battered spouse center could use them to give to the families that have to re-establish a home away from the abuser OR maybe give them to the Old Swede’s Church to offer them up for sale at one of their fundraisers.
    When I saw all of your dishcloths I first thought that you could stich them together and donate blankets to a charity. I do love your work!
    Keep hooking!

    • Denise, that’s a wonderful plan! I’m canning today, and I’ve had to pull three cloths out of my pile (I wash a LOT of dishes when canning), and I absolutely love them. I think I’m going to test quite a few of the different weaves to see which I like best. Thank you stopping by and best of luck with your project!!

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