It Works! And Other Wonders

I finished my Swiffer cover! It was extremely easy, very quick, and probably one of the more practical things I’ve ever made. Ta-da!


Aaaand a view from the bottom:


I’ve posted the pattern here. And look, it really, really works!


What? My floors are not ‘gross.’ This is just an illustration of the fact that even regular sweeping is no replacement for a good mopping. The point is, I’m going to need more of these.

It was with this in mind that I went up to Joann’s on Saturday. (They were having a sale!) I wanted to get some cheerful cotton, maybe in hot pink or bright blue, but their Sugar n’ Cream was two dollars a ball! Pshh, whatever – then I noticed that the balls were four ounces. Oh, right. Okay then.


(By the way, do you notice anything different? That’s a brand new table serving as a backdrop. It’s so pretty, and…clean…and matches the chairs…aaaaaaaah. Woohoo Walmart furniture!) They also had a lovely price on Wool-Ease – $1.77 a skein! I love Wool-Ease. Loooove it. So I picked up 5 skeins of this:


I might have gotten more, but I had a heck of a time finding this many in the same dyelot. Usually, when you shop for yarn, they have all of the dyelots together, but at Joann’s they had this color in two different places, strung across four different dyelots. Sheesh, stockers. I love the colorway, though. It’s called ‘Wood,’ and it’s full of foresty browns and greens. I can’t wait to see how it works up – this is for me, people. (I wrote ‘peeps’ there, first, but I guess I’m not really a ‘peeps’ kind of person. Too bad, as I’m very fond of the marshmallow type. Aren’t we glad they started making those for every possible holiday?)
There was one more thing I bought that day (well, aside from new yarn needles, but how exciting is that?). Wool.


This is my very, very first, 100% wool yarn. These babies are doomed to die – I mean, be dyed, and felted, and subjected to all sorts of first-time-around wooly experiments that you just can’t do with a blend or acrylic. Welcome to the stash, wool. I think you’ll like it here.


  1. Tirzah says:

    When you said Swiffer cover, I imagined one of those silly old lady things that people make to decorate brooms or something, but what you made is really cool and practical!! I think I’ll do one so I don’t have to buy anymore! Thanks!

  2. Julie says:

    Mmm, wool. Just a warning – white wool sometimes doesn’t felt well – I think it depends on whether it’s been bleached, or how much it’s been bleached, something like that. But dyeing is so much fun! Can’t wait to see it all dyed up. Also: mmm, Wool-ease. That color is terrific.

  3. Bezzie says:

    Oh man, now I wonder what would happen if I mopped my kitchen floor? Don’t have a swiffer though…I wonder if I could make a ghetto swiffer instead?
    And the Patons–Julie’s right, sometimes white doesn’t felt as well because of the bleach or whatever. However check this out–did you see my Saturday blog post with the felted xmas trees? The light green one was originally white. I kool aid dyed and felted it (obviously!). The two dark green trees were Patons as well and they felted just a smidge better than the once-white-now-dyed one.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Cute Swiffer cover!!

    I love that color of the wool-ease. I actually made a hat with it (don’t have pics up yet on my blog) but i liked working with it. The hat I made is the one in the middle of the bottom row on the cover of this box of patterns: I am going to try to get the scarf done as well for a Christmas present.

  5. Melanie says:

    Great cover. I have been meaning to make one, but…..yeah….haven’t got it done yet. Love the wool-ease too! It’s great stuff…. at least in my opinion.

  6. Ssuzanne Neal says:

    Sorry my name is Suzanne, one more thing. I would like to see what the cover looks like off the swifter. Lay it out flat. That way I can actually see what the shape is when finished.

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