Having just finished several projects, some of which I’d been working on since April, I decided to knit something small and quick while I decided what my next project would be.
Do you have a mindless project you can work on when you are in between larger projects? Usually I have a sock on the go for my pick-up project.
This time I wanted a change of pace and decided to see what all the fuss was about when it came to knitting washcloths.
The Elsebeth Lavold book “The Sugar & Spice Collection” includes the Marjoram set, which is a hand towel and a washcloth. Both are made using her Hempathy yarn, which is a 41% Cotton, 34% Hemp, 25% Modal. The hand towel uses two balls, while the washcloth uses one.
I used color #61 – Kingfisher Blue.
In the introduction to this project, Elsebeth points out, “hemp fiber is to some extent antibacterial, making it an ideal choice for these projects.”
When you hear the “hemp” content your mind probably goes to the twine you see at the hardware store for wrapping bundles of newspaper. That stuff wouldn’t be very pleasant with which to knit or crochet!
Let me assure you, Hempathy is nothing like that. It is soft and smooth and generally lovely to work with.
I used my Addi Turbo needles to knit my Marjoram washcloth and the yarn glided along very nicely.
By the way, can I just mention that I got my long-tail cast on perfect on my first try? That rarely happens for me. It always seems that my tail is either too long, so I have to redo my cast on in order to not waste yarn, or my tail is too short to weave it later. This time I was spot on!
The rest of the project went just as smoothly as my cast on.
Marjoram has a nice brick pattern composed of knits and purls. It was very easy to both memorize and “read” as the washcloth progressed. I did use stitch markers at the end of the pattern repeats because I was watching TV while I was knitting.
I started my Marjoram washcloth on Friday night and by Sunday afternoon I was done!
Altogether I’d say it took me about 5 hours to knit. The book calls for one ball of Hempathy, but I weighed my leftover ball and estimate it took me about half the balls. I can probably squeeze a second washcloth out of it if I have another perfect cast on!
The speed with which I completed it, and the fast that I might be able to get two from one ball of yarn, makes this a good gift project in my book.
You can pair it with some handmade soap from the farmer’s market (or make your own if you have that talent!). Or maybe wrap it around a jar of nice bath salts. There are many presentation options.
Other Homey Projects
The Marjoram set isn’t the only home decor items using Hempathy in the Sugar & Spice Collection.
Oregano is shown as both a shawl and a table runner. It takes 6 balls of Hempathy, or you can use Silky Wool instead.
The Allspice set has placemats, a water bottle cover/tote, and a bag. The fun of the set is the stripes, which take advantage of the wonderful range of Hempathy colors, but you can always make them in a solid color, or make wider stripes.
Won’t those placemats make a lovely addition to your patio table?
The last project I’ll highlight isn’t actually for home decor, but they are too cute not to mention.
This hat and socks are part of the Saffron set, which includes a Christening gown or dress for a 2 or 4 year old.
The cap and socks each take just one ball of Hempathy. Their small size make them good summer projects because they won’t cover your lap in the heat.
Can’t you hear the gasps of delight when these get opened at the next baby shower you attend?
Hempathy is also a wonderful yarn for garments for both children and adults.
My next Hempathy project is going to be Allium from The Garden Delight Collection.
You can see more Hempathy project ideas on the left hand side of the yarn page on our main website.
You can locate local and online stores that stock the Elsebeth Lavold line by using the “find a store” feature on our main website.
Do you knit or crochet washcloths? Share your tips in the comments!