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We made a big move in July. We left our high-rise apartment in downtown Fort Worth and moved back to a house in the suburbs. The same house we lived in before. We rented it out while we lived downtown. After 3 years living downtown it’s been a bigger adjustment than I anticipated getting used to a house again. One of the major differences is how to arrange the cleaning schedule/chore chart. Our apartment was all on one level with very large rooms. My house is sort of on 3 levels with more but smaller rooms. Because I like to make plans I’ve been thinking a lot about how to tackle our new living space.
One of the things I want to include is making sure the kids help with the dishes. Even though school is starting again soon the majority of us are here for the majority of the meals. I homeschool Oldest Twin and stay home with him. And my husband is working from home now as well. You can imagine we can go through a lot of dishes in a hurry. We repainted the whole house before we moved back in and while some of the decor from our apartment matched I’ve wanted to add some new things as well. For the kitchen I decided to make a knit dish cloth/kitchen towel. I picked a cotton blend yarn that reminds me of t-shirt yarn. This is a bulky weight yarn. I thought it would be perfect for drying hands, dishes, and spills. Daily occurrences in my kitchen.
The walls in my house are gray with white trim. I picked a yarn with variegating colors that included those colors as well as some additional brighter colors.
I used my simple mitered square pattern but much larger. For this dish cloth I cast on 113 stitches (a multiple of 2+1). The odd rows are all knit and on the even rows you decrease in the middle. This causes the cloth to fold in the middle and make a square.
A quick trip to Target to stock up on Scotch-Brite™ Brand and my kitchen is nearly complete. I picked up both Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges, which are green, as well as Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges, which are blue. Just like I need the right knitting needle for a pattern, it’s important to have the right sponge for the right surface. Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges are great for not only the kitchen but outdoor messes as well. The heavy duty scrubbing surface is perfect for tough baked on messes.
Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges can safely clean my non-stick cookware. I also use them to wipe down my counter top and cook top. And I’m really excited about my new Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand. I also think this will be the simplest for the kids to help with the dishes. These blue sponges clean without scratching. And the handle is easy for the kids to use, they simply control the soap with the dispensing pump.
After making my dish cloth I looked at the handy dishwand and wondered how I could make my dish cloth even more handy. My answer? A way to hang it from my oven which is directly across from my kitchen sink. So I knit up a simple handle. This is 8 stitches wide and 40 rows long. With a button near one end and a button hole near the other.
If you’ve never made a button hole I used a simple two row combination. On one row (I chose a knit side row) I bound off two stitches in the middle. On the next row I cast on two new stitches in the same place. Voila, button hole!
I attached the side near the button to my dishcloth. The dish cloth handle can wrap around the oven handle and button closed. Then the kids always know where it is when it is time to clean up.
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