I'm not entirely sure why, but 'old fashioned' and 'dignified' kept going through my head while I was crocheting this. It looks like the kind of quilt design you'd see painted on the side of barn. Do you have those in your area? I never seem to see them in Arkansas. When I drove through the Midwest to go to a wedding in Iowa a few years ago, I saw lots of barns with quilt-style patterns painted on several barns. They were lovely! I don't know why anyone would do that, but it seems like a nice tradition.
Maybe 'traditional' is what I'm thinking of with this design. Maybe it reminds me of the kind of afghan someone would make as a wedding gift. Maybe it's a kind of tile you'd see in an older house. Maybe I'm just easily impressed by dishcloth patterns.
Okay, no 'maybe' at all on that last one. I love dishcloths. They're tiny works of art. With #84, I think my favorite element was the cluster stitches at different points in this square.
But while the granny square seemed striking and playful, this dishcloth feels a little staid with its single color. The only way it could be more serious is if I had used off-white yarn. Red almost feels frivolous. As it is, I'm looking at the dishcloth and feeling bad that I have taken our winter coats to the dry cleaners. I probably haven't memorized enough Bible versus. It has been weeks since I gave anyone a jar of homemade jelly.
|I also forgot to take a picture earlier in the day, so I had to run out and take pictures on my balcony in order to get enough natural light and now you AND the dishcloth know I don't plan far enough in advance.|
I need to give this dishcloth as a gift very, very soon. It will be a very earnest gift. I don't know if I know anyone with a kitchen serious enough for this dignified country lady of a dishcloth. But I'm sure I can find someone who enjoys a nice traditional-looking pattern with an interesting design. Because this is a perfect example of that very thing.
And probably an excellent cleaner to boot.