The Time Has Come–Finally

Before proceeding, I sincerely hope all of you are well and safe. I don’t want to dwell on this, but I acknowledge that this time in our world’s history is scary. One of the things I know is that hard times eventually end…As will the events that are now happening.

My purpose for writing today is to tell you a bit about my life. The past two years have been challenging personally and professionally. A lot of energy has been used to get through them. This is fine because when the energy, physical, emotional and spiritual, was needed, it was there. As was the support from others.

About a month ago, at the urging of my husband and siblings, I made decided to retire from my professional endeavors. It was a bittersweet decision even though it was time to do so. The essence of this is that two weeks ago I officially retired. This is proving to be a wonderful choice. There is now the time and energy to do all the things that have been placed on hold for a long time.

Please bear with me while I digress for a few moments. This site began in 1996 as a blog on another platform to provide a place to keep track of free dishcloths patterns that I found on the internet. It was called :Norma’s Needlework Adventures….Those were some fun and interesting times. I won’t bore you a lot of history except to tell you that it was a time before cell phones, WiFi and DSL. Still, it was a far cry from the days of my original Apple 11C Computer .

This brings me to the present. After two weeks of retirement, life is settling down to allow me some time to do some of the activities I really want to do. One of those things is to work on this web site. There are a lot of things to do that will improve and make this site more current. The changes I have in mind will also hopefully make it more useful. Last, but not least, there is now more time to be available to pay attention and respond to all of you.

Thank you for listening…Be well and be safe.

Thank You

Thank you to all of you who took the time to answer my questions. I appreciate it very much.  The links have been added on the Knit Cloths page and the National  Cloths page of this site.


Another Question

First of all, I apologize for  not thinking of this earlier, especially since a few of you wonderful readers have already responded. I do have another question:

There is at least one site I know about that has dishcloth patterns for the letters of the alphabet and numbers.  Would like to see them listed individually, or would you like to have a link to the page where they are listed?

Thank you!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

A Question For You

Normally I make my own decisions, sometimes after consulting my trusty family, about what links to add to this site. Today is an exception.

My question is :  There is an archived site that has dishcloths for all of the States for the US. Would you like me to add the states individually or shall I link to the page where they are found?

Please answer by sending either a comment to this question or on my Contact Me page. I will make a final decision how to handle this on next Tuesday afternoon based on the responses I receive.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!


Announcement and Apology

I apologize for not replying  to all of you who have attempted to reach me by way of the Contact Me page on this site in the past year or so. The reason, not meant as an excuse,  for this is that in the course of switching computers I lost track of the email address.

The announcement is : The problem has been resolved. I will be answering those emails in the next few days.  My goal is to take care of all of them this weekend, but I cannot promise to meet that goal because family time and family needs come first.  It might be as late as sometime Monday before all of them are answered.

I hope each of you has a safe and good weekend.







Dead links have been removed from all of the pages and some of have updated.   New links will start being added today. 🙂 Since there are a lot of them in my files it will probably take a while.

Please feel free to let me know if there are links you would like to see here by leaving a comment on one of the pages. They are normally checked at least once a day.

Thank you again for all of your patience.


I just finished removing dead links from  the Knit Cloths page amd updating others.   It feels like it has taken forever to do this. It has been an interesting process filled with some interesting discoveries. I have seen patterns I have not seen in years and have had some long forgotten memories rekindled.

A number years ago I received a beautiful dishcloth as part of an exchange,  I lacked the courage to ask for the source of the pattern at that time and have often wondered about it. While updating  this page today I  came across it and laughed out loud with the joy that comes with discovering a treasure.

I also discovered  a page containing not only a link to a pattern, but also information on the history of knitting. That brought back a flood of memories of years ago in a world far away when I wanted to be a history teacher.  I was not allowed to pursue that by my parents and life took another path. That did not diminish my love of history.

Thank you for listening. Thank you most of all for your patience while I continue to update this site.