Month: January 2010

Pot scrubbie


For years we have used the pot scrubbers from Trader Joe’s that have a sponge inside a wirey plastic cloth. They have gone the way of so many of my favorite things, no longer available. Since I already make our kitchen dishrags I was mulling over how to knit a scrubber from old plastic bags. We don’t have many of those any more, we carry our own bags. But it suddenly occurred to me to try plastic lanyard.
Here is my test swatch I whipped out before dinner. I knit it with plastic lanyard held with a strand of sugar and cream cotton. I had to piece together a few lengths of the lanyard since our craft box only had scraps. The family will test it on the dishes for awhile and see how it works and holds up. I will keep you all posted.

I’m a Ravelry Designer

Not that this is a huge deal, it looks like there are over 500 pages of designers.  But I think I am the only one with a design for a stethoscope cozy!  Here is the pattern.

Stethoscope Cozy
Yarn: Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille
Needle size:  6 (4.0mm) either long circular or double points
Gauge:   4 stitches = 1 inch,  5 rows = 1 inch
Skill level: beginner

Cast on 16 stitches, divide among dp or ends of circular
Join without twisting.
Knit rounds evenly until piece measures 18”
(or long enough to cover the straight length of your stethoscope)
Bind off.
Weave in ends.
Remove bell of stethoscope, slide cozy on, replace bell.

For those of you who read my blog and are not knitters, Ravelry is a community site for knitters, kind of like FB but with more useful information and connections.  You have a name and a page there where you can keep track of all of your projects, patterns, and stash (that is what we call the yarn we own that is not being knit). Other Ravelers can look at these and this way we can see what other knitters are making. We can share ideas and tips, there are chat rooms and groups. And you can get patterns from other designers that either have them for sale or up for free downloads.  My designs so far are free, they are pretty simple, but maybe over time I will come up with some that are more unique and worth selling.  It took me a while to figure out the process of setting up my design site and uploading my patterns even though I consider myself pretty web savvy, it took me a while.  So come see me on Ravelry, my name, of course is knitwitmama.