Super Scrubby Dish Cloth

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When learning how to crochet, I started with dish clothes in order to practice keeping my edges straight. Geez, that was hard. I still love them to practice new stitches. I’ve always loved the bobble stitch and wanted something a little bit more for my boring old rags. This dishcloth uses the bobble stitch for added texture to really help scrub those dishes clean. They will also work great for countertops!

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Super Scrubby Dish Cloth

Skill Level: Easy

Materials needed:

1 skein Sugar N’ Cream (choose from any option: Solid, Ombre, Stripe)

US H/5 mm crochet hook

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Size: 5” x 7”

Note: Crochet tightly in order to make your bobbles pop.

Stitches and abbreviations used in this pattern:

• Ch = Chain: insert hook, yarn over, pull through loop on hook

• Sc = Single Crochet: insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook

• Bobble = Yarn over, insert through stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (leaving 2 loops on the hook). In the same stitch, yarn over, insert through stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops (leaving 3 loops on the hook). In the same stitch, yarn over, insert through stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch, yarn over and pull through two loops (leaving 4 loops on the hook). Yarn over, pull through all four loops on hook.

Written Pattern (English/US terms):

To start: Ch 24

Row 2: In 2nd chain from hook, Sc across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in first stitch, bobble in next, Sc. *bobble, Sc, repeat across from *. Ch 1, turn.

Note: All the bobbles will be on the same side of the work.

Row 4: Sc across

Rows 5-16: Repeat rows 3 & 4, 7 times (should be 7 bobble rows)

Finish:

Sc around the border of the 3 other sides, then fasten off. Weave in the ends.

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Balance

Both Rachael and I have other businesses, “real” jobs, and generally busy lives even before crochet. When we first started this I had friends ask “how do you have time to add another thing to your plate??”

 I’m no super woman. I’m also not an over-achiever. But I do have quiet a few interests that I enjoy. I like to think that I know how to balance my time well, and I feel more productive and satisfied when I’m busy. For me, stress doesn't turn into anxiety; it turns into motivation.

I may not have my own kids yet, but I spend all day working with 3-10 year olds. When I get home, the last thing I want to do is think or talk about kid-related things - unless it’s my niece and nephew; I always want to talk about them!  I realize this is going to be interesting when my husband and I have children of our own. I’ve always found that having a 2nd job re-energizes me for my first. I know that sounds totally backwards. But when I’m doing that side job, I’m only thinking about where I am at. I’m not spending time thinking about how I could make a treatment session better or what tools I need to explore. Maybe that means I’m a bad therapist or maybe it means I’m a really smart one. I’d get so burnt out if I spent all my brain power on one thing. Crocheting gives my hands something to do and challenges me in ways my other jobs don’t. I get to be creative and design, or I get to zone out while watching tv and snuggling next to my husband. Win win.

On a side note, these last few weeks I’ve taken a break from crochet and I don’t quite know why. Well, that’s a lie. There’s two reasons. I cleaned my house and my crochet stuff went into its basket. Its only five feet from where I sit but for some reason it’s out of sight, out of mind. I also think I was struggling just a little bit. I really, really wanted to make some hats but I didn't want to use a pattern. I wanted to come up with my own. Why did I think I was able to design a pattern when I hadn't even made more than 3 hats in my lifetime? No idea. So I was frustrated with my lack of skill and kinda gave up. Every single day I tell my kids that they have to practice those difficult things in life otherwise they’ll never get better at them. Maybe I need to OT myself.

So, the key to balance is to make sure you are balancing things that you love. If your balance becomes heavily weighted on one side for a little while, that’s okay. Take the break you need and then even it back out.

Katie