Who doesn’t love a cotton dishcloth!

Home is Where the Dishcloths AreBurlington, Vermont, 2013

She and Joyce always met for lunch. Joyce always treated.

Both were too polite to mention why.

She knew real estate was how Joyce made her money. But she felt building community was Joyce’s art. Nurturing the needy. Staying in touch.

She owed Joyce for much more than the decades of lunches. Her husband, for example. A prince among men. Their daughters, full of spirit and charm. The house Joyce discovered for them, their cozy harbor.


She tried to repay Joyce. Polite cards acknowledged the cookies she baked from a family recipe. A cutting she sliced from a prized orchid. A lacy scarf she knit in a luxury fiber.

Then one day, over their salads, both chose spinach with goat cheese, the subject unexpectedly switched to kitchens.

“Doesn’t everyone love dishcloths,” Joyce quipped.

Who knew that Joyce H. Caulfield, real estate queen, fancied the humble dishcloth?

She chose the colors Joyce often wore. She experimented with stitches. Yarns. She couldn’t wait for their next lunch. So she mailed her what she hoped was an artful grouping of utilitarian beauty.

Would Joyce like them as much as she liked making them? Loved making them. She waited for the card her friend was sure to send. And when it arrived, she read it over and over again.

“They bring me joy,” wrote Joyce. “Every day I use my treasured dishcloths and think of wonderful you.”

Kitchen Cotton

Kitchen Cotton

Craft your dishcloth tributes to lasting friendships. Home is where our dishcloths are. Click here to view all dishcloth and washcloth patterns.

Kitchen Cotton is a classic worsted weight cotton featuring a retro-inspired color palette. Best of all, it’s made in the USA.

A tale by Agnes Honor Auden.
All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is pure coincidental.

Agnes Honor Auden is a life-long yarn lover. She enjoys spinning tales about her favorite yarns and patterns. She lives in a small cottage by the sea where inland and water birds stop by her front porch to gather snips and strands of her violet wool for their nests.

Blog complements of  Lion Brand Yarn Company

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I love cotton dish cloths … I need to make more!

  2. I love this story. . .

    Years ago, I worked as a district manager for a chain of start-up yarn stores. I worked with women who were much more experienced knitters than myself at the time and one day I mentioned that my favorite go-to project was dishcloths. I think they are such a delightful way to experiment with stitches and color combinations. I’ll never forget one person literally laughing at me – she thought I was just so naive or not quite up to par with her knitting skills. I was hurt; I know that sounds silly, but I was. I should have just ignored her but I somehow felt “less a knitter” at that moment.

    All these years later, I realize how crazy that was because since then, I’ve seen just how many other people love to do them and how much the knitting industry embraces all knitting projects. It’s a good thing!

    Thanks so much for sharing your story – it reinforces my firm belief that we should all just follow our hearts and instincts when it comes to creating!

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