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I found a new easy knitting project that I can pick up any time I don't feel like working on one of my more complicated pieces, and it's so totally practical! Like many people I bought into the Swiffer deal, but have come to think it's pretty wasteful; not only do you have to keep buying new Swiffer cloths but they aren't really very environmentally friendly when you throw them away. I stopped buying the cloths and have wrapped old dish towels on the mop, with limited success. But here, I present knitted, reusable Swiffer covers! They're quick & easy to make, and can be made with super-cheap cotton yarn (I used up some leftover Lily Peaches 'n' Cream). The seed-stitch pad is cushy and can actually scrub the floor, and they're reversible. I started with a pattern I found on Ravelry that included "bobbles" to hold the things on but after the first two I figured that wasn't necessary so I streamlined things and found something that works great!

I need to write more & post photos from last weekend with my folks but America's Next Top Model is on in a few, so maybe later :) In the short term, here's a picture of my beautiful old dog, Charis, hanging out on the beach last Friday:

Date: 2008-05-01 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Super. Genius.

Almost makes me want to get a swiffer, just so I can knit one of those up!

Date: 2008-05-01 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
brilliant! i feel the same way about Swiffer clothes, though i like the concept. i'm not a knitter, but my stepmother is... maybe i could get some of these for some holiday. okay if i mention this to her?

Date: 2008-05-01 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, absolutely! I'm going to link to the original pattern and add my notes about what I changed... tomorrow, after I've gotten some sleep :)

Date: 2008-05-01 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the swiffer covers are brilliantly awesome.

Date: 2008-05-01 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
that is totally inspired!
I broke down and got a method swiffer-y type mop, I just use microfiber cloths on it. Knitting yr own is awesome DIYness...
Score 1 for team apocalypse!

Date: 2008-05-01 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Swiffer covers? BRILLIANT!!


Date: 2010-03-31 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ooooo....I saw these on a blog and was wondering if they actually worked. My kinda project! Thanks for posting!

Emily K.

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