First of all, a big welcome to Lisa and Sharon via Bloglovin.
We have just spent a few days away, staying in our son and his fiancé's house whilst they were on holiday. As this was our 'holiday', we ate out at both lunch and evening - such extravagence! Back home now and ready to get back to the simple life!
I am in full dishcloth making mode at the moment. Some will go for C. presents, others are destined to be used here when we stop using the flannels from last year.
Normally, there is only one shop locally where I can buy craft cotton from and it doesn't come cheap. On-line, most are the same price, until I came to the Fred Aldous site - dishcloth cotton.
From here, I bought a bag of 10 x 100g balls for the price of £13.00 plus £3.75 postage. Tesco offer a similar thing but their charges are £3.95 to pick up from their store (plus of course, petrol to get there).
Compared to what I normally buy, (and yes, I know some of you can get it cheaper), this is far softer, slightly thicker but not quite so tightly wound. Occasions, my needles pierce it but doing so is immediately obvious and I can correct myself. Although it is off white (ecru) rather than white, I always wash my cloths once finished to 'tighten' them up and it becomes almost white then.
Here is a nice pattern I have tried, before being washed.