Because that's what I did.
My friend, Jackie, who blogs over at Life is Too Important, is a crocheting genius.
(So is my mom, for the record. For my part, I regret never learning how to crochet.)
Back in April, Jackie sent me an awesome little surprise in the mail -- a washcloth and dish scrubber. She included a very sweet note with them, and it was totally unexpected. Isn't that the best kind of mail?! They arrived the day before we headed to NY for Spring Break, so I set them aside and thought I would photograph them, use them, blog about them, and send a thank-you note when we returned.
In case you're not doing the math here, that didn't happen.
In the meantime, I absolutely love the set, and every time I use them I get a little pang of guilt ... but naturally, by the time I am done with the dishes a thousand other things have come up and I never get to the thank-you notes or the photos.
I did, however, take some photos right away. Even better, I recently found them -- after some Mac and iPhoto issues (literally. My mac died. d-i-e-d. So there was a delay.) -- the original snapshots I took to show you how pretty these little dish helpers are. Here's a photo:
|The tan disc is the scrubber.|
|Look how thick that is! It's fantastic!|
Seriously: take another look at these. Aren't they awesome?! Who doesn't need a little bit of love in their kitchen? There's nothing fun about doing dishes, but there is at least a little smile when you do them with something handmade and pretty. Bonus: they work! They aren't just decorative!
Originally I thought I'd take these lovely photos, then use the scrubber and washcloth, wash them, and show you how well they held up.
Well, they are awesome, as I've said a few times. They work great and are super durable, and both have held up well with washing. But I can't seem to find any of the photos I took to show you that.
(In fairness, it's summer. I may actually get to look for the photos sooner than later!)
The stitching is super tight, so the scrubber looks good but also WORKS. If you look at this and think that it is soft crocheting, you'd be wrong. The yarn is a tight weave that is super durable.
I never expected anything less than that from Jackie, but as usual, I find myself impressed.
Jackie's moving from Kentucky to Washington state this week and next, but if you're in the market for a gift -- or just want to dress up your kitchen with something other than a green-and-yellow sponge, please check out her Etsy shop or her Facebook page.
You won't regret it!
And Jackie -- THANK YOU. I love these. I promise I'm working on a handwritten thank-you note ... with any luck, it will be waiting for you at your new place!
Because who doesn't love fun mail, right?!