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Old 03-23-2006, 01:31 AM   #31
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I was at Whole Foods yesterday, and noticed they were selling some knitted tub things: a back scrubber, a mit, etc...

They were just stockinette, and they were made out of some kind of really rough fiber and I started thinking (after I looked at the price tags, ouch) that one could probably make them up using TWINE. Holy exfoliation, batman!

Has anyone tried knitting with twine? Have I lost my mind?
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Old 03-23-2006, 02:08 AM   #32
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When my widowed mom remarried a couple years ago, I inherited all her kitchen towels/cloths, etc. when she movd into her new dh's home. There were several knitted cloths in there, which I assume had been given to her, as I didn't knit yet then, and she's not a knitter.

I LOVE using them. They're thicker, more absorbant, and do a better clean up job when wiping down the counters. They do get stained, but I just toss them in the washer with my bleach loads. Yes, the color has faded, but since they have no sentimental value to me, I don't worry about how they look; I just like how well they do the job.

I made my daughter-in-law a "kitchen basket" for Christmas. She loves to cook and spend time in the kitchen. In the basket, I included a Rachel Ray cookbook, a couple of flour sack dishtowels, a pair of Chicago Cutlery kitchen shears, a bag of candy, and 5 handknitted (by me) kitchen dishcloths in yellow and blue, both variegated and solids, to match her kitchen. :D
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:02 AM   #33
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I noticed somewhere else in this forum that someone made dishcloths with Red Heart acrylic yarn. They said that the cloth was EXCELLENT for scrubbing dishes - better than cotton.
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Old 03-27-2006, 12:22 AM   #34
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Re: practical use of knit washcloth...stupid question
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I feel silly asking this but I'll go ahead. I see a lot of you making knit washcloths. I have never seen or used one before but it seems like a good way to practice stitches and such. My question is how do knit washcloths compare with the regular cloth ones you get in the store? Do they clean any better or worse? What about for your face? Very abrasive? Just curious. Thanks!
Knitting dishcloths is a FABULOUS way to practice stitches without committing yourself to a huge project. I have limited knitting time but I really want to make sure that the time I spend knitting is making me a better knitter so when I eventually do have time, I won't have to catch up on learning everything. I love just paging through my stitch dictionaries and finding interesting stitches and swatching them up.

Some cotton yarns are softer than others. The Wal-mart brand of 100 percent cotton is definitely softer than Lion Cotton or Lily. It's by Elmore Pisgah. Some people like to use Cotton Tots which is very, very soft. Or a cotton/acrylic blend.
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:18 AM   #35
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Sadly, the Wal*Mart brand comes in all of 5 colors, at least at my store. I'll stick with Sugar & Cream or CottonTots.
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Old 03-27-2006, 09:54 AM   #36
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In one of my pattern books (I can't remember which one) it says to use acrylic because it dries very fast. I've only used cotton ('cause I love cotton and the little balls of it it in my bag easily ) and I do like them a lot.

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