Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dishcloths (aka My Obsession with Circles)

Ok, so I've figured out that I'm obsessed with crocheting in the round. When I taught myself to crochet, I really enjoyed learning the different stitches. However, I sort of became bored with crocheting little rectangles of useless nothings. Because, let's face it, I'd get restless, put that piece down and then start a new, fresh little rectangle. It was my way of testing out the different techniques and stitches that are listed in a crochet book I use (by the way, this book is fabulous. It's here.). So now I have about twenty-something different little rectangles that really aren't useable. I suppose I could stitch them together to make a blanket, or I guess I could use them as potholders or coasters...but you get my point.


But now...oh. I discovered how to crochet a circle, and let me tell you - what fun it is! I posted earlier about crocheting a flower, and it's the same sense of satisfaction. It holds my attention just long enough, and before I know it, it's finished! And then all I have to do is make a slip stitch to finish it up, weave in the ends, and ta da! On to the next one. However, now I face the same problem that I already have with my wee rectangles. What am I going to do with lots of crocheted circles? So I figured I'd make a lot of dischclothes. I purchased some skeins of 100% cotton and went to work. And look how cute they are! Of course, I think they look great because I did them myself, but I'm sure most of you think, "Eh, a dishcloth. Nothing new."


So...drum roll...I've opened up a new shop on Etsy to sell my crocheted things. I've already got my jewelry shop, so I figured I needed to separate them out. So check out the new shop here!. I plan on having dishcloths, scarves, purses, and crocheted jewelry in this shop. Of course, that is if I clear my house of these tiny rectangles to make room for new inventory. Do any of you crocheters have this same problem? Not only do I have tons of these practice crocheted squares and rectangles, but also the loads of yarn I've somehow accumulated. How does this happen? Please tell me I'm not alone!

3 comments:

Rosebud Collection said...

Oh, I have yarn..I really enjoy looking at it..and then something will hit me and I will knit/crochet..
Dishcloths are fun and fast..that is my speed..Yours are lovely.

T said...

These are adorable! And I know exactly what you mean! I have many projects I started and then got bored and moved on to something new.

My favorite right now is to buy big chunky yarn and crochet a little mini-scarf or flower, it's quick and so fun.

I'm learning knitting at the moment and so we also have dishclothes-a-plenty!

maryhanks said...

My ex-mother-in-law taught me to crochet when I was in high school. I've mastered unfinished projects. i could open a whole etsy shop w/ things 75-95% finished!!! Let me know if you want to finish MY bag of crocheted items:)