This time was on an island in the Stockholm archipelago where I found a shop full of beautiful island craft.
Möja, and the other islands, are charming and idyllic in summer, but the people who live here all year round might have a lot of time on their hands in the cold winter months, so craft is a way to earn a living and while away the long, dark, cold days.
So what did I buy?
I bought a dishcloth!
In recent years we have seen a variety of dishcloths. The most common cloth is the spongy type seen in the front of the picture. This type used to be available only in plain colours, but now they have become very arty - and expensive. The one here is cheap-ish, very absorbent and fully functional.
A couple of years ago I bought the green knitted one, handmade by the charming Irma on the island of Gotland. This cloth is soft and lovely to touch. I envy the kitchen surfaces!
That leaves us with the last one, in the upper left corner of the photograph, that I have now added to my collection of kitchen tidies.
It is woven by the talented Ulla Närding, who had many other items, woven rag mats and knitted shawls for instance, in the shop.
Although perfect for keeping the drain board free from water with its mix of cotton and linen fibres, I actually intend to use this cloth as a small 'doily' or in my bread basket. Don't you agree that it is just too beautiful to use in any other way?
With what, and how, do you keep your kitchen surfaces clean? I am sure this could be a most interesting subject!