"dish cloth #5"

“dish cloth #5”


H (5 mm) crochet hook
Cotton yarn (I think one small ball makes 2-2.5 cloths)

Abbreviations and notes:
ch = chain
sc = single crochet

“Space” in rows 2-end refers to the space created by the 2 chains between the single crochets. Insert the hook all the way under the chains (don’t try to go through any of the threads of the chain), into the space between single crochets, hook the yarn and pull up to form your sc.

I find row 25 to be a bit bulky when trying to add the border, so I’ve included a couple of options (see below).

Add a single crochet border around the edge to give it a nice finish and to support the cloth when it’s wet so it doesn’t get all skiwompas.

Instructions:

Chain 35

Row 1: sc-ch 2-sc in 2nd ch from hook; *skip 2 ch, (sc-ch 2-sc) in next ch* across; ch 1, turn

Rows 2-24: (sc-ch 2-sc) in each ch 2 space across; ch 1, turn

Row 25 and finishing (original instructions): (2 sc in first ch 2 space-3 sc in next ch 2 space) across to last space, sc 2. sc around border with 3 sc in each corner, tie off, weave in ends.

OR Row 25 and finishing: do row 25 as above and sc on remaining three sides, with 3 sc in each corner; tie off, weave in ends.

OR Row 25 and finishing: skip row 25 and sc on four sides, with 3 sc in each corner. (I think this is the option I prefer.)

The number of rows doesn’t matter, if you have trouble counting crochet rows. Just go till it looks square. In the photo the Christmas colored cloth has a contrasting border, so you can change colors for that step and go with the original instructions or the last option.

It’s been a fabulous month. Last night, Kevin Eubanks (Channel Five weather man) said it’s the coolest Utah August in ten years. There’s nothing like cool weather–instead of the usual Utah summer fare. It’s made my month.

A sample of August's cool weather.

A sample of August’s cool weather.

(Wish I had a photo, but I don’t. If I can get one later, I will.) The month started with Kerry frantically getting ready for a week at Camp Maple Dell. Amend that, I was the frantic one. Even though I wasn’t going anywhere, the furor still got to me. It was a relief to finally say goodbye for five days. Well, almost five days. With the help of Pam Zepeda and Matt Misbach AND Heather Bullough’s cupcakes, I planned and participated in a Scout Camp visit on Kerry’s birthday. He seemed so much to appreciate it and he was very happily surprised.

I got a bonus from that visit too–a story idea. This story will take some time and research to write, but I think it will be a really fun one.

I haven’t done much writing, yet I’ve done some. I’ve mostly been planning out stories and still having lots and lots of ideas. I love those crazy wake-up-from-a-dream ideas that turn into stories. Such plans I have!

Some of my work and a book I sometimes use to prompt my writing.

Some of my work and a book I sometimes use to prompt my writing.

I wrote a letter to Angela–Sister Angela Bateman–on her mission. It always makes me feel good to send a letter off to her. Such a simple act, yet so rewarding.

I’ve spent a good deal of time sewing dresses, and learning about it, for an organization called Dress a Girl Around the World. Of all the sewing projects I’ve worked on, this one is my favorite. I can’t say why. I also can’t express the pleasure I’ve felt in providing pretty, new clothing for those who may never have any other than this dress I’ve made.

My first two dresses.

My first two dresses.

My second two dresses.

My second two dresses.

Additionally, I’ve worked on my Angel Outfitters assignment as well as cutting out liners for Days For Girls. I’m planning to hand my cut-out Teeny Tears diapers to a lady who will sew them. I’ve turned scarves and blankets and my Teapot Dome quilt over to a homeless shelter. I was also excited to discover that I have enough leftover teapot fabric and quilt backing fabric to make two more dresses. What fun to come.

Watch out September, I’m on fire!

Teapot Dome quilt

Teapot Dome quilt

Some of the liners I cut out for Days For Girls. I now have callouses on the fronts of my fingers.

Some of the liners I cut out for Days For Girls. I now have callouses on the fronts of my fingers.