Junie Moon was kind enough to let me share this story with you. I stumbled on it doing a Flickr search for knitted washcloths. June loves to knit for a good cause and we are pleased to support her work. You can see all of June’s projects via her blog and Flickr site.
My husband has us on a “watch all the James Bond movies in order” project. So, I am knitting a cotton washcloth per movie (I’m averaging 2 cloths per ball of yarn). The results are great for giving to the domestic violence shelter (psychologically semi-offsets the violence in the movies) or any other place where they will be useful. They work great in little kits: a washcloth, pretty bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.
I use size 7 needles but bind off using size 9. The yarn brand is Sugar’n Cream. Here is the pattern:
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K3, P1, *K1, P1″ until end of row but K the last 2 stitches
Row 4: K3, P1, *K1, P1″ until end of row but K the last 2 stitches
Repeat rows 1-4 until the washcloth is the size you want, end with row 2, and then BO.
The washcloths in the photo went towards a couple of charitable endeavors. One was for Kelli Donley’s project to help an orphanage in Mozambique (http://www.africankelli.com/2007/04/17/giddyup/). We were tasked to fill zip-loc bags from a list of needed items. I made 10 packets and in each one went a washcloth I’d knitted along with soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. and I added little toys to each. My little zip-loc baggies were chock full of as many goodies as I could squeeze in there.
In addition to the orphanage project, I knitted some of the washcloths for domestic violence shelters as part of my support for Loves Many Cloths; they have a presence on Ravelry and host a Yahoo! group.
Yet another one of my projects is the Junie Moon Bandage Brigade where we knit or crochet (individual choice) for Leprosy victims. This is something I host in January (although I still collect them—just received two packages recently). When they’re all collected, I forward them to the folks who make sure Veteran’s groups get them for hand-delivering to leprosy patients in Vietnam or Africa.