[b][color=indigo]IMHO, part of knitting is making utilitarian items, not just showy items. :teehee: I knit dishcloths to use and to give as gifts. Use doesn't ruin them, any more than a child wearing out a hand knitted blanket or sweater by loving it too much. :lol: And as they only take a little while to make, the time investment isn't that great that if they get used up, one can't make another. I find it takes years, though, to use them up even with daily use.
I have one hand knitted cloth on the counter to catch the drips from my coffee pot when pouring and one draped over the bar between the sinks that is used when washing dishes, cleaning couters and wiping the table. I soak both in a mild bleach solution and interestingly enough the yellow one has never faded. If I had a dishwasher I'd put them in the last cycle of the day to clean them.[/color][/b]