Wednesday, June 30, 2010

creative space- twine dish scrub

I seem to be embracing the green clean this month. From homemade laundry detergent to homemade dishwashing detergent to a twine knit dish scrub. I have been knitting cotton dishcloths for 6 months now and adore them- they're soft, uber clean because I can chuck them in the washing machine whenever I want and clean dishes and surfaces beautifully. That said, if I've burnt a bit of food at the bottom of the pot, or forget to soak over night I find I need something with a little more grit and texture to scrub my pots clean.

This is twine I used to hang North's wall hangings. It's not really as pleasurable or as quick a process as I had anticipated- the fiber started to irritate my fingers about halfway through last night. But, when this knit is off the needles it is sure to be put to good use until it's fraying at the edges and soft with wear and love.

The pattern I made up was simply:
cast on desired length
row 1: knit
row 2: knit 1, slip 1
repeat to desired width

I used 5mm needles, but next time I would use bigger, as it didn't need to be so tightly knit.

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xo

22 comments:

Mama Gone Green said...

I have some knitted dish scrubbies on my to-do list. Thanks for the motivation to get a move on!

Mel said...

No I will leave a comment here because you deserve one after putting your poor winter fingers (if they're anything like mine) through knitting with something scratchy to produce such an excellent result ;)

p.s I had four people at Coles on a wild goose chase for Borax yesterday but to no avail! It was very funny describing to four different people why I needed it. Next stop, Woolworths! I shall prevail!

Michelle said...

What a great idea - sometimes you just need something a bit tougher.

m.e (Cathie) said...

great idea!!
now if only I could crochet...

missnymo said...

I usually knit/crochet my own dishcloths and I love using them! This dish scrub is a great idea, might have to try that one day:)

teddybearswednesday said...

Your dish scrub is beautiful as well as being a wonderful idea. xo

Bianca said...

Great job! it is hard on the hands though! I crocheted a plant hanger and that got old pretty fast -I ended up wearing a pair of gloves to finish it off.

Happy dish washing!

xB

Little Ted Canvas said...

That's so clever, nice work! Is it made from string, the kind you tie parcels with? I'd like to give it a try...

74 Lime Lane said...

great idea ~ i can imagine twine would make an excellent scrubber, now if only i could crochet too ...

Twig and Toadstool said...

Oh my...those are wonderful...crafting with a conscious!! Love it!
xo maureen

Maxabella said...

AMAZING. I love your committment. But I must say, there is something about natural fibres being around old food that curls my toes. The sink is the only place I deliberately go plastic fantastic. x

Tricia said...

Great idea! I was going to crochet one from some hemp twine I have. Dosn't sound like much fun - but yours looks so lovely I think i'll have to make one soon.

Sandrine said...

That a great idea!Well done.X

Petit Eco Kids said...

What a great idea and what a commitment! very inspiring! Flavia

Steph said...

I've had this one earmarked in my favourites for ages...thought it might be a bit scratchy too.Looks awesome...will have to whip one up...maybe with rubber gloves on :)

Becky said...

I only just discovered knit wash cloths, but the kids use them in the bath because I think they are too pretty for dishes. The twine I would use so may have to make some of those.

Kellie Christie said...

Excellent!! What a great idea!!

Ooty said...

this is great, I also make it from natural rafya for face washing - it does wonders!!!

midge said...

fab idea. not fun to knit with i'm guessing

frayedattheedge said...

An excellent idea!

Angie said...

love this idea, not sure how my fingers would hold up!

little grubs said...

Must give this a go - something with the roughness is just what we need here too sometimes. x

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