DIY: Kitchen Scrubber Knitted from Twine
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Garden twine knitted into a kitchen scrubbie? Even my grandparents, the sort of thrifty people who continued to call margarine "oleo" decades after war rationing ended, would have been amazed at this ingenious use for the extra bits of twine they saved—OK, hoarded—and rolled into little balls. We spotted this DIY project at 3191 Miles Apart: Above: All you need to get started is a roll of rough garden twine and a pair of medium-gauge knitting needles. Cast on 12 stitches. Image via 3191 Miles Apart . Above: An inspiration shot: the finished product. Above: Use any old garden twine like, say, the jute my grandparents used to make trellises for peas, latches for gates, and loops to hang tools in the shed. At Christmastime, they knotted it around brown-paper packages (which they always called "parcels") they mailed to Aunt Vicki in Massachusetts. Image via L Is Four Love . Above: Jute Twine is $1.89 to $19.99, depending on quantity, from Dick Blick. Above: A pair of Scissors, made by a Chinese scissor and knife company that has been in business since 1663, features a simple design; they're $12 from Brook Farm General Store. Above: Use a basic garter stitch, and after your scrubbie is big enough to fold over, cast off and use heavy black thread to sew three sides closed with a blanket stitch. Image via 3191 Miles Apart . Above: Fill the scrubbie's pocket with Wool Stuffing ; it's $5.25 for a quarter pound from Weir. Image via Near Sea. Sew up the fourth side. Above: Another good choice in the garden: two-ply Sisal Twine is manufactured from the leaf fibers of the agave sisalana; it's €25 from Manufactum. Above: A Twine Stand With Cutter (Old Faithful Shop; $25.95). Above: A tangle-free tin of Nutscene Garden Twine ($14.90 for 500 feet, from Kaufmann Mercantile) is compostable. Above: Come to think of it, the dishtowels look like some my grandmother made from worn out aprons. Image via 3191 Miles Apart .