DCOTD (dish cloth of the day): Ricochet Lace

DCOTD (dish cloth of the day): Ricochet Lace

I’ve taken to knitting cotton dish cloths again in a continuing effort to eliminate paper towels from my home, and as a way to grow my toolbox of knitted textures, cables, and stitch motifs.

The pattern is Richochet Lace Dishcloth by Hannah Maier, which features the Baby Fern Lace Stitch and is available as a free download via KnitPicks.

Yarn is good old affordable (US grown, Canadian spun) Lily Sugar’n Cream in the color Tangerine.

Dish cloth? Wash cloth? Face cloth? Cotton scrubby? Trivet? Doily? These decorative, machine washable workhorses go by many names and serve a thousand various functions in my house.

I say “dishcloth of the day” in jest – although they are quick projects and the idea of knitting 365 cotton dishcloths in a year isn’t totally unrealistic for me, I won’t be posting a new hand knit dishcloth daily. Let’s shoot for weekly? we’ll see…

Until next time xx Bette

A good hair day: soft fluffy braid-out

A good hair day: soft fluffy braid-out

If you have a good hair day but don’t take a bunch of selfies, does it even count?

Ok, ok, I’m feelin’ myself today and in a great mood so let me have my fun…

It’s been 1 year and 5 months since I started growing my hair out again after wearing it short for several years (like, buzz cut short) and can honestly say this is the fastest my hair has ever grown.

Trimming it every 6 months, hardly fussing with it, and it’s growing like a weed…

I attribute the improvements in length retention, growth, and overall health to:

  • Detangling, washing, moisturizing, and combing into simple protective styles like braids or 2-strand twists every 1-2 weeks.
  • Always wrapping my hair in a satin scarf before bed. Literally every single night – I’ve been so diligent, y’all, this is a first for me! Edge game on 1,000! Very few single-strand knots! Hooray!
  • Eating well, staying hydrated, and abstaining from alcohol.
  • Finding out I was pretty anemic via bloodwork and finally supplementing correctly for that.
  • Never using any kind of heat styling tools. Air drying only (which takes some rather significant time management skills and a bit of planning as my hair continues to get longer), and getting creative with tools like old school foam roller sets.
  • Never detangling or brushing dry hair.
  • Never using any kind of chemical processing agent, color-lifting agent or dye.
  • Cleansing only once weekly maximum, usually every 10-ish days but it depends on where I am and what I’ve been doing.
  • Learning to feel confident regardless of what my hair is doing and lovin’ on MY OWN UNIQUE TEXTURE exactly as it grows!

Happy Saturday! Bette

Dutch oven bread and hand-mended clothing

Dutch oven bread and hand-mended clothing

Two things that have been bringing me joy lately are fresh loaves of bread baked in the Le Creuset Dutch oven Kaleb got me for my birthday this year, and thoughtfully hand-mending my clothing.

For much of my life I prioritized quantity over quality when it came to clothing. I think moving from Arizona to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, then up to Washington in just under a year forced me to whittle my wardrobe down to versatile basics, pack light each time I moved, and to treat what I have with care – all skills I now consider essential and am grateful for.

This patch is one I ordered from The Far Woods and had been saving for a special occasion. Covering an unfortunate bleach spot on one of my favorite shirts felt like I was finally putting it to good use.

Just listed: Hand knit pima cotton cropped summer t-shirt

This cropped t-shirt sweater is such a great wardrobe addition for all seasons (I would love to see this over a tank dress with colorful tights and knee boots this fall, just sayin’) but is a MUST for summer. Hand knit using 100% ethically sourced pima cotton from Peru.

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Click here for the full listing.

– EK

Just listed: hand knit 100% Peruvian pima cotton camisoles

This camisole is THE elevated wardrobe staple for spring and summer. Hand knit using 100% ethically sourced pima cotton from Peru, which is considered is the Cadillac of cotton fiber. Luxurious, extremely soft and supple, lightweight with excellent drape.

Currently available in Vintage Rose, Dusty Green and Blood Red.

– EK