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My tawashi scrubber needs some eyes

New tawashi bird coming soon

I have had a few new tawashi ideas floating around in my head for a while, but have been busy with other things. Last night I finally decided to just sit down and work on the bird idea I had. I was fortunate to have half an hour to sit outside my older daughter’s ballet class and then some time while listening to American Idol to keep working. I had a great idea for the wings, which I soon realized required me to change directions in order to get both wings to curve downward.

By the time I got as far as the picture I was tired. I tried some white stitching for eyes that just did not look quite right. I decided I would then try black, but the black yarn was nowhere to be found. I am still searching for it, but I did manage to clean up a bunch of my corner of the couch last night in the process. Hopefully I will solve the eye problem tonight and be able to make a second bird to test the pattern myself and get it ready to type up and send off to another tester before offering it for sale. I imagine you will soon see some silly birds finding their way into my tawashi section of my Etsy and Zibbet shops also.

If anyone has a brilliant idea for my bluebird’s eyes, please let me know. I will update you as soon as I figure out my solution.

Photo courtesy of my Kodak Easyshare as my husband has work today that involved the new Canon Rebel.

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Since adding a poll about what patterns crocheters are searching for when they arrive at my blog, I found that many people are interested in more tawashi scrubbie patterns. On my blog I already have the flower tawashi. I currently have two other tawashi patterns available to purchase on Artfire, Ravelry, and Etsy. I hope to get one more listed this week.

The fish tawashi were inspired by my husband, who suggested something larger than the flowers since he would like larger ones to use in the bath with the girls. The ones pictured were inspired by a Dr. Seuss book.

The turtle tawashi were partly inspired by some cotton yarn I had picked up and then set aside without a plan. It is sometimes hard to figure out the best way to work with yarn that changes color, but I like the turtle shell having the mottled, natural look. I also like that the loop for hanging is also the turtle’s tail.

I am in the home stretch of getting the pattern for the ladybug ready. This one is a little different in that I think that you would probably just use the nylon side for washing. The cotton side might be a bit bumpy with the spots. I have not tested one in the kitchen or bath yet to see.

Just a note, if you want to use these for your kitchen, you might consider acrylic yarn. I thought I should always use cotton, but then someone suggested acrylic and I found that the acrylic dries faster and sometimes does a better job scrubbing. So, right now I have three acrylic and nylon flower scrubbies for my kitchen and use the cotton and nylon for baths.

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As I check out the stats on my blog, I sometimes discover other sites that have linked to my blog. One in particular suggested using my flower coaster pattern to make a tawashi. Well, to be honest, at that point I was not positive what a tawashi was. So, I did some research and decided why not try it out myself. A popular tawashi pattern is shown on A Whole Load of Craft’s site.

A tawashi is a cute scrubbie used for cleaning things. Since I wanted to make the tawashi for use on the body as well as pots and pans, I used cotton. Most tawashi are made from acrylic. I am experimenting with a modified pattern using acrylic and nylon tulle. If you are not interested in cleaning your skin using the tawashi, acrylic would probably work just as well and some say even better.

Here is a description of what I did.

Flower Tawashi Pattern

Lauraslefthook 2008

Materials:

G or H hook

small amount of worsted weight cotton in two colors

nylon tulle, cut into 3 inch wide strips ( I found mine in the wedding section of the craft store in 6 inch wide rolls.)

Directions: Do not join rounds, unless noted.
Center: Make two. Make one with cotton and another with nylon tulle.
Round 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in second chain from hook

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Round 3: 1 sc in first sc, 2sc in next sc; repeat around(18 sc). End off. Weave in ends.

Petals:
Holding the two centers together, crochet through both loops of cotton and nylon tulle with second cotton color.

Round 4:
Join new color with sl st in any sc. (Hdc, dc) in next sc. (Dc, hdc) in next sc. Sl st in next sc. Repeat around, ending with dc, hdc.

Round 5:
Sl st in sl st. 2 dc in each of next 4 stitches. Sl st in next sl st. Repeat around, ending with final set of dc. Finish off by weaving end into the first sl st.

Weave in ends.

Lauraslefthook 2008 Please do not sell this pattern or sell items made from this pattern. You may make as many items as you wish for family and friends with this pattern. If you wish to sell items made from this pattern, please contact me.

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