I’m not a skillful knitter, and I envy those who are, like my friend Paula. Or my older sister. I don’t know yet how to knit in the round – thanks, Elin, for the link, but I still haven’t tried it. My knitting is more prosaic, that is, merely useful. I can turn out scarves and my own yurt-like hat, little bags, and such, but patterns and shaping are too much of a struggle yet.
Here I am, knitting a cloth cover for my floor sweeper – the one that usually takes disposable sheets. I don’t like throwing things away, and I really don’t like that the company now makes the disposable sheets with that horrid Febreeze fragrance. So I saw a kit for knitting these, and since it is just a basic rectangle, cuffed at the ends, I can do this. It uses up ends of acrylic yarn, too, or you could use cotton. I wouldn’t recommend wool, since these need to go in the washer with the kitchen linens. I’m thinking of knitting them in a smaller gauge with cotton yarn to use for scrubbing the floor wet.
I’m going to knit some square washcloths, too, both for the kitchen and for the bath. I have an onion bag to crochet into dish and bath scrubbers. And I have a few plastic store bags to cut up, knot into yarn, and turn into shopping bags and such. They can be crocheted or knit. I’m wondering if these would make good produce washing bags if knit loosely enough. If our garden does well, I expect I will want to wash lettuce and greens outside, and a drip-through bag that can be hung up, sprayed with the hose, and left to drain would be useful.
Has anyone tried knitting or crocheting with rags to make rugs? I have lots of scrap fabric, and I can put a warp on the rigid heddle loom, but it isn’t an easy to carry project. Any other ideas?