Dishcloth Challenge and Thursday Book Challenge

Morning Bloggers as you can see I’m linking my Thursday dishcloth update with a Thursday Book Challenge being held over at An Accidental Knitter . A good way to combine both knitting and reading and getting the balance right, more on that in a bit though.

First off is this weeks dishcloth and I went with a love theme in honour of Valentines Day this month.
This cloth folks is as mushy as I get, unless its Mr Darcy, I don’t do mushy or fluffy, you saw the extent of my pinkness the other week with my pink cloth which was for a gift so its not in the house anymore lol. Anyway this weeks cloth is called Be My Dishcloth which I have renamed a heart one. It got it from a great blog called Kris Knits and she has lots of other great dishcloth patterns both free and for sale.

Be My Dishcloth

I don’t normally go for this type of pattern as they can become tedious but this was laid out wonderfully and knit up very quickly. I used for this yarn a Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Fair Trade Cotton in a red/pink colour, which was hard to get the colour in a picture and these are the best of a bad bunch I’m afraid. This is going to be for use as a facecloth but for a dishcloth I’d definitely recommend knitting on a smaller size needle. I’ll be going back to Kris’s site for more patterns.

Keri over at whendidibecomeaknitter has another great Dr Who inspired cloth called Dr Who Bad Wolf cloth and its knit up in a gorgeous purple yarn, worth checking out.

Kim over at Page after Page has knit up a ballband dishcloth and its in the most gorgeous colourway, it reminds me of the sea when I look at it.

My friend Tricia over at Tricia’s Craft Box has just started knitting up some cloths, she says I enabled her but I plead innocence, it wasn’t me really lol. She is dedicating Friday nights to this and has already come up with some wonderful cloths , a Granny’s Favourite Dishcloth (one of my personal favourites) and a Knitted Beestitch cloth, which looks likes its going to be a great scrubber. Check her out for sure.

I was asked a couple of weeks ago what I did with the cloths and I don’t think I replied to that question, sorry, I can be quite forgetful. Anyway I use them in my kitchen or in the case of the above one in the bathroom. They are fantastic for washing dishes and cleaning down benches and tables, a shop bought one just doesn’t compare, it can’t as its not even near the knitted dishcloth league. I was sceptical until I used them but now wouldn’t use anything else. Perhaps a giveaway of some cloths is needed..mmm, leave that with me and I’ll work on it !

As I said earlier over at An Accidental Knitter they are holding a Thursday Book Challenge, a way to balance out reading and knitting as sometimes one can overtake the other. I am linking up with them and as its the same day as my dishcloth it works out perfect for me for blogging, but will probably make a really long post, perhaps I should have gotten you all to make a cuppa and passed round the biccies !!

This past week I finished reading Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa. This was this months read for our local book club that I’m hoping to get to next week. I downloaded this onto my kindle from Amazon.

From Amazon :
Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian family. Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amidst the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home. The novel’s voice is that of Amal, the granddaughter of the old village patriarch, a bright, sensitive girl who makes it out of the camps, only to return years later, to marry and bear a child. Through her eyes, with her evolving vision, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle. But of the many interwoven stories, stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal’s own. Her story is one of love and loss, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Set against one of the twentieth century’s most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel – a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes.

From Me:
This is one of the most thought provoking books I’ve read in quite a while and while its not a tough read in the writing it is tough in its subject and it forces you stop and think. You may need some tissues and it will keep you up at night to the early hours. It gives you a view from the other side of the fence and like most things in life there are two sides to everything. Although the characters themselves are fiction the facts are not, they are available for anyone who wants to read them. One thought that haunted me from the get go was here were the Jews who survived the atrocities of the Holocaust and who in a few years did the same things to the Muslims. Were they so scared that this seemed right to do to others what had been done to them and in forming the new Israel were they not just repeating the ills of history. If we look back on history we seem it repeat itself, just a different time and place. I really would recommend this book to anyone.

I am also still reading Heaven’s Wager by Ted Dekker and I’m as far as his the happenings with his son and I feel I know whats going to happen next so I’ve put it aside for a moment as I just don’t like to know whats going to happen in the story. I will return to it in a week and see how I feel then on it. This is my paper book lol.

On my Kindle I’m reading Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron. This is written by Stephanie in the style of Jane Austen and from letters and notes  of  Austen’s is suggesting that Jane herself may have been quite good at sleuthing. She also hints that some of the characters met here were the basis for characters in Austen’s books, mainly Lord Pitzroy Payne as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
I’m in two minds about this book also but will probably continue on with it. I think the problem was my first book of the year in Mornings in Jenin captured my attention and imagination straight away that these two books fall slightly short in that aspect, something that’s not their fault but is more mine in a book, it has to grab me from the get go and more importantly it has to keep me there.

That’s whats on my reading table for the week, if you want to check out more about the Challenge hit the link at the top of the post.

If you are still here at this point and even get so far as to comment then I must give you a huge thank you in advance as you deserve it. I sat this morning to blog and didn’t expect it to be quite so long so for that I apologise.

Tomorrow I will be back for a shorter (I promise) update on some stitching through the week.

Happy reading and knitting,

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8 Responses to Dishcloth Challenge and Thursday Book Challenge

  1. Charlotte says:

    Sorry about the whole Mr. Linky business! It's working again now, and I popped your link on there πŸ™‚ Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron sounds really interesting! I'm obsessed with Pride and Prejudice and I really would like to see more from the characters. Thanks again for taking part, really enjoyed your post! (And the dishcloth is fab by the way, great colour!) (And don't worry about your post being long… I have a feeling everyones TBC posts are going to be! Good job we all like reading πŸ˜‰

  2. Ruth! The Valentine's cloth turned out just perfect.β™₯ You must be very pleased with it. You have truly increased in talent over these many months. πŸ™‚

  3. Nicola says:

    A brilliant post, I love book reviews, please keep them coming.Nice to know what you do with the dishcloths but I think that this one is far too nice to use as a dishcloth. This would make a lovely block for a patchwork throw.

  4. Tricia says:

    Ruth your heart cloth is fab, I now have to take a peek at the other sites you mentioned. Oh you can claim your innocence but we all know better lol :0).Have to say couldnt agree more as the handmade dish cloths are a god send and I too wont be buying shop bought again.

  5. Faith says:

    Love the cloth, I am a total girl when it comes to pink….I love it!Yep, organise a giveaway….you can put my name in now! I want a handmade dishcloth!

  6. Thoeria says:

    I *heart* your dishcloth Ruth πŸ™‚ Thanks for the review on Mornings in Jenin – it sounds like a beautiful yet painful story and reminds me in parts of my family's own history – where my grandparents and parents were forcibly removed from their home because they were not *white*. I think one day I'll be strong enough to read this one.

  7. Karoline says:

    Your dishcloth is lovely, congratulationsThe book sounds interesting

  8. SoCal Debbie says:

    I never knew about hand-knitted dishcloths until I saw them on your blog. They all look fantastic!

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