Tuesday, November 6, 2012

knitting tribbles


I've been knitting these little tribbles (very appropriately named, I might add, as they really do seem to multiply!) out of scrap cotton yarn. I'll be using them mostly as kitchen sponges, but I'm also thinking about giving some as gifts. Although, I have to say, there are those in my life who are likely not excited about the prospect of a knitted sponge. Perhaps these cuties will convert them.

For about a year now, I've replaced store-bought sponges with knitted cloths and for the most part have been happy with it. Mine were looking really raggedy though, and this new pattern seems better than the flat cloths for dishes. I use steel wool for tough cleaning, but I've read about some people knitting in strips of tulle or onion bag material to make these more of a scrubbie. I might give that a try, too!


If you give them a go, I found this tutorial very helpful for the finishing, which didn't quite make sense to me at first. They really are a fun and quick (this coming from a very slow knitter, mind you) project. Now I best be getting to that pile of dishes multiplying in my sink!

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  1. This slow knitter thanks you for bringing all this up! I've never seen such a thing, but I think they'd be a great tool to supplement the flat, knit cloths.

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    1. I'm really liking them so far! A bit more hefty than the flat cloths.

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  2. They're so great!! And this post comes at the perfect time for me. I'm halfway through knitting a set of dishcloths for our newly married friends. I'm totally doing this for the other half! I think.. I should probably check out the pattern before I make any promises. :)

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  3. I've crocheted scrubbies out of tulle many times. They are pretty easy but rough on fingers to make. Very handy to have in the kitchen.

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  4. These are cute! I have a pile of crocheted flat dish cloths but I'm going to try this pattern. Like flyinjen, I have crocheted scrubbies from tulle, they work up quickly and do a really good job scrubbing without scratching. :)

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  5. What a great idea, thank you! I have a ton of crochet cotton that I need to do something with. I like Flyingjen's idea of making them out of tulle too.

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  6. They are super cute, but I would be concerned about any tiny particles of decaying food scraps caught inside, washing would not get then clean and germ free,inside.

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    1. Hmmm...hadn't thought of that! I use a vinegar rinse in the washer, so hopefully that will take care of any potential yucky bits! I'm thinking they would still be cleaner than sponges, though - I used to zap those in the microwave to disinfect them - maybe that could work with these, too...

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  7. Thank you for your comment on my blog. It's this kind of stuff I need to keep me going when things get tough! And I know they will. I love reading your blog. You are such a wonderful family, and I applaude your efforts in raising your baby so close to the earth. I really kind of wish I could be there!

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  8. If I loved close by, I'd be begging for some. I could think of nothing neater than on our farmhouse sink than a mason jar full of those. Almost makes me want to learn crocheting. I might have to find me someone that could do that for me, ha.

    Nicely done!!

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    1. My apologies for the above spelling and grammar errors, I was using my iPad to type while I was mobile and it didn't all quite come out as I had intended, ha. Great project! I am going to chat with a friend who does crochet and see if she can make some of these for us. I'll keep you posted and blog about it when (hopefully anyway) it happens (and link back to you for the inspiration).

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    2. Didn't even notice until you pointed it out ;) Live...love...it should be the same anyway :) Hope your friend can make you some - would love to see how they turn out!

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  9. these are too cute. well done jaime!

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