“Use it up, Wear it out…”

“…Make it do, or Do without.” Ah, how many times were those words repeated throught my childhood? It’s impossible to say at this point, of course, but one thing’s for sure – it’s stuck in my head but good.
It’s in that spirit that I’ve embarked on my next project. (What? I’m still Christmas Knitting. It’s just that round after interminable round of 2×2 ribbing has gotten a bit…wearing.) You see, Greg got me one of these last week:


Which is great fun. But excuse me, disposable mop heads? What, am I nuts? All it is is a vaguely scrubby, absorbent pad that sticks to the head. I think we can do better than that. An inquiry on the Knittyboard yielded several results, but I was most intrigued by this one. Careful inspection of the images will show that the cover is simply a knitted rectangle with the ends folded over and seamed to create little pockets to hold it on. Easy enough! I grabbed some cotton from something I frogged (what? Turns out I’m not a sarong person…although I wore it a few times, and washed it. Pre-shrunk cotton, woo!) and because I just didn’t feel like messing with a new pattern, I’m making my own version. In garter stitch. What? No one avoids garter stitch dishcloths because they’re ineffective. They’re just, you know, dead boring. Hrm. Ribbing – garter stitch. Ribbing – garter stitch. You know, I’m getting the urge to go crochet something. O_o


  1. bezzie says:

    Well it was a pretty sarong. Maybe I should frog the tank top I made w/lily and make me a swiffer cover. Of course I always enjoyed just showering with the tank on and rubbing my torso on the shower walls in order to clean them.

    That came out a lot more perverted sounding than I wanted it to!

  2. Julie says:

    Oooooh, I am making some swiffer covers! As soon as I’m done with these Christmas stockings, which are being knit in the round. Round after round after round after – maybe I’ll go make a swiffer cover right now. 😀

  3. Wendy says:

    15 years ago when I was in college I thought up a fleece cover for my broom. I had 3 dogs in my house and the polar fleece really had the static electricity to attract the dog hair. It was so much better than sweeping the hair around. Not a lot of people are into reusing/recycling, I have mentioned my “invention” to friends in this area and they all think disposable is the way to go, it is sad. Maybe my fleece idea is something that will help you. I don’t know how absorbant it would be though. Maybe you can make a fleece cover with a cotton insert?

  4. BevQ says:

    Actually Swiffer Jet solution is perfectly safe. So don’t worry. That bit about it being poison is a HOAX someone started on the internet:


    I think this is a fantastic idea about making cotton covers for them!!!!!!!!!! Those cloths they come with are so expensive, and in my house with kids and dogs and cats, and we live in the desert, I use ONE of those things and it has to be thrown away after one, or 2 uses at the most!

    You have a wonderful blog! I will link back to you from mine. =)



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