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A couple of things: one, you always, but always, have to do the dishes. Like laundry, dishes never ever go away. Two, with a February that seems to have had more than its share of wintriness (which, okay, is what February is supposed to do), there’s just that much more chance you’re suffering from the winter blues—and the ardent yearning for spring.

That’s why I decided these dishtowels are the must-get for February. I love the flowers and the veggies and mostly the bright, bold promise that things will emerge and color the landscape again and that we will be warmer and un-bundled.

These are by Simrin Textiles. You could get oven mitts and bake your way with great optimism for spring through the next storm. Or don an apron—for baking, and all those endless dishes.

Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser is a freelance writer and blogger whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Brain Child Magazine and Salon the Huffington Post, Babble and Ceramics Monthly. Her essays have appeared in various anthologies including The Maternal is Political and Wait a Minute, I Have to Take Off My Bra. A writer for Preview Massachusetts Magazine, she keeps a personal blog, Standing in the Shadows at the publication’s news site, the Valley Advocate and a tumblr Refractions. She is a sometime contributor to Momfilter. Follow her on twitter–@standshadows or Pinterest.

 

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