I love mine too! It was my roomie --> Wildcatmom who made them.
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I love mine and it is soley reserved for new potatoes...if you've ever had baby new taters and gravy...y'all know how hard it is to stand there and scrape each one with a knife...well this little scrubby makes that a breeze! I've tried many things over the years...I would have loved to show this to my gran, she made the best taters & gravy...and when i requested them she'd always put me to work scraping taters...lol...to think of the taters she scraped in her lifetime...
I didn't know whomade the needlebooks either, but put mine to good use just this past week cleaned out my pincushion and man was there a bunch of needles buried in it, now they are all tucked neatly in the needlebook
Thank you both Karen and Sandie
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ok, now y'all have got my curiosity up. I didn't go to retreat but would love to see a pic of one of those scrubbies & would like to know what they were made of. I only do a "few" crochet stitches (self taught) but would love a tried & true pattern to try to make some of these.
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Wow! I'm so very glad you are enjoying the scrubbies.
I really had to search to find any for a photo. I've got to get my crochet hook to work again! This is what the ones I make look like. They are one layer thick, about the size of the palm of your hand, & I use strips of scratchiest nylon net I can find that is cut 4.5-5" wide. 3 strips if you cut them across the width, but nylon net is really, really WIDE. A K or L hook has worked best for me. I've seen tutorial that say they can make 3 in 20 minutes. NO Way!!! I've made hundreds of these things and 2 an hour would be fast work.
ETA You can't tell from the photo, but the one on the left was made with narrower & "softer" not "scratchy" net. @ COF Branson, I had these 2 safety pinned together to illustrate the difference. As everyone has a favorite use for their scrubbie, the softer one might work for Trish's potatoes, but only the scratchy will work for those bugs on the windshield. This message has been edited. Last edited by: wildcatmom,
i have never used the tulle, but they do make a craft yarn you can use for the scrubbies! Joanns has them back by the plastic canvas. only a few colors and small skeins, but plenty for scrubbies. Hobby Lobby carries this yarn too, but it is where the jute,leather laces are kept. No where near the regular yarns.
These are one of my fastest sellers at Farmers' Market. I sell the singles for $.50 and the doubles for $1. I use the nylon tulle, cut into 3" strips and a K hook. Since my pattern is simple, I can make 3 or 4 an hour, if I don't get side-tracked. The pattern that I use for the single layer ones is: Ch 4, slpst to form a ring; ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), 11 dc in ring, slpst to join (12 dc); ch 3, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each dc around, slpst to join (24dc); ch 1, sc in each dc around, fasten off. Weave in ends. To make thicker scrubbie, you can take 2 of the singles and stitch together with a length of the tulle. Have fun!
Love it!! I just made a few of these for family after Chri stmas (cause I didn't get around to getting them done before Chri stmas ) I too use the scratchy nylon netting and is all I will use for washing my dishes!!! Would love to see a knitted pattern, as I only do basic crochet stitches, and while I did figure it out, my hands cramped up really bad.
what pattern did you use wildcatmom?
ETA: LindaJ52... you sell those for $.50??? You don't hardly make it worth your time, not to mention the small costs of the tulle you use!!! You are WAY underpriced... raise your prices.. your time is worth something!!!This message has been edited. Last edited by: IowaLisa,
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I make and use scrubbies all the time. I have two patterns that I cling to and don't look at anything else 'cuz I'm happy. Stick in the mud, I know.
My scrubbies are two sided, one made with Sugar and Cream (S&C)and the other with the netting. I make them separately and then slip stitch or single crochet them together. The pattern lindaj stated is pretty much what mine are made from. It is very simple and really doesn't require any great crocheting skills.
The second one I make is rectangular and uses a half double crochet (hdc) stitch. I make a chain 18, and hdc back across the chain. Then I make a hdc in the back side of the first chain stitch (behind the previously made stitch), switch to the netting for the next stitch, dropping the S&C. Continue across the chain, weaving the S&C through the netting and finish the row with a slip stitch into the first hdc (original chain 3), then pick up the S&C again and chain 3, dropping the netting. These are now the beginning of two sides to the scrubby. I keep doing this until I think the piece is as large as I want it. Cut the netting, weaving it into the scrubby and then finish off with the S&C and a slip stitch across both stitchings to bring them together. Simple, also.
Absolutely love these little critters. They fit into my hand and don't get in the way when I'm doing the dishes.
I'd thought about using the tule that comes in rolls but was advised it wasn't as durable and didn't work as well as the netting.
Another project! The last time I made some I bought nylon netting and cut with a rotary cutter. Today Hobby Lobby had rolls of precut tulle for half price so I bought that instead. I got brown tulle for a 3-4" center then I used yellow cotton yarn to crochet shells around it to look like a sunflower. I like the idea of both scrubber and absorbent cotton. Now to see if DH likes to wash dishes with it. Tulle was much easier on my old hands. Now to find a ring or tube to help gather it as I crochet.
evelynB My mother used to braid rugs and she used what was call Braid-aids which folded the wool for her. I think pulling it thru a ring would be a great idea. Haven't made any scrubbie yet but seriously looking for netting in my bins.
I love my scrubbie also and think I will make a couple. Thanks for the directions. So many things I rec'd at Branson that I use- the scrubbie, needle book, needle threader, the pincushion and the warmer with rice in it. I am sure there are more things but I can't think of them right now. Thanks to everyone.
When I make these I make hundreds at one time because the tulle really does a number on your hands. Better than any exfoliator you can buy. I did make one change to the original pattern I added a loop so I could hang them from a hook to keep them fresh smelling longer.
evelynB yes they are almost the some as the binder helpers except they had an elastic so they could be adjusted depending on the thickness of the wool you were using. I think the helper would work just fine. I do have the binder helper so will use it. I'm not sure Braid-aides are still available, they have been on ebay from time to time.
Never having seen a braid-aid, I searched and found pictures of them. As I don't want to invest money right now I thought, hmmm that looks a lot like a cake decorating tip which I have several of. Looked thru the drawer and a Wilton #7 has a opening hole that is about 3/8" round. It's not adjustable like the braid-aid, but I threaded my netting thru and it looks like it will work.
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@IowaLisa, I can afford to sell them at those prices 'cause I caught a great deal on the netting a couple of years ago. It was 60" netting on sale for $.65/yd and I had a coupon for 25% off my entire purchase. I bought 3 yards each of green, red, pink and blue, and I'm still trying to use it up. Since it takes about 3 yards to make one scrubbie, I can get 20 of them from each color that I bought. I only make more when I've sold them all, so I should finally be done with this sack of netting. Also, I've found that most of the folks around here will buy them for $.50 and $1, but not for $1 and $2 (a lot of penny-pinchers).
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Evelyn, I started with the pattern pause listed, but it was getting to big. So I winged it . This one is about 4 inches by 3 inches at the widest point. I am planning on making a pattern for it because I want to make another with a cotton heart added to the back.
Looking at the directions for the scrubbies using netting I saw different sizes of netting used. What width do most of you cut your netting? I cut mine at 1 1/2".
And how do you connect your netting to continue crocheting? I used the same method I use for doing rag rugs....making slits in the ends of the netting and looping one end through the other. I'm not real happy with that because the netting stretches.