tawashi Most of yesterday was spent struggling with a migraine that just wouldn’t go away. By the time the kid’s bedtime came, I was really desperate for some quiet. After getting the babe to sleep, I curled up on the chair with a cup of tea and some cotton yarn and a hook. I have seen different versions of tawashi (Japanese scrubbies) all around the internet lately. They are so cute, and best of all, practical. Washing the dishes is part of every day, so why not do it with something cute. This is the tawashi pattern I used for these. They are really simple, and I was able to make two of them really quickly. There are lots of other patterns and variations out there, and I am looking forward to trying out some other types as well. These work up really quickly, and you can make them out of small amounts of yarn, so perfect for using up scraps. With Christmas around the corner, these would make fantastic stocking stuffers as well. Who doesn’t need to wash dishes? They could also be used instead of washcloths for the little ones provided that you use a soft yarn. There are so many uses and they can just be tossed into the wash when they need to be cleaned. Sounds like a win-win to me. I know that I will be working on quite a few of these in the next few weeks, aren’t they great?

crochet, green, home • Thursday, November 19th, 2009 • 17 Comments »
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17 Responses to “Tawashi”

  1. kristina says:

    Those are the prettiest dish scrubbers I’ve ever seen! K x

  2. French Knots says:

    I think they would make lovely brooches too, perfect to cheer up a winter coat!

  3. Petit Filoux says:

    They look great indeed!! If only I could crochet…!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Petit Filoux, you should give it a go, you just crochet in lines, no circles for this one. It’s really pretty easy once you learn how to do a single crochet.

  5. Selena says:

    How difficult would you say they are for a knitter who can knit a scarf but not much else? šŸ™‚ Sorry to hear about your migraine. I too suffer from them. I get the optical kind where I lose my vision for 40 minutes or so. I hope your quiet time with your tea helped lessen your pain.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Selena, these aren’t difficult at all. Do you crochet? This pattern is for crocheting, but I’m sure there are some out there for knitting as well. If you click on the link to the pattern, there is also a link for a you tube video which might give you a better idea. I am very visual and it helped me to see the video. you should give it a shot, they are really simple.

  7. Mousy Brown says:

    I absolutely love the colours – would make dishwashing a beautiful experience – thanks for the link! Sorry to hear you were feeling unwell – hope you are recovered today x

  8. Anna, Sydney says:

    Pesky migraines. Hope you feel better today, I always feel a bit tender the next day.

    You take SUCH good photos. Is that your deck you use as a backdrop? Love the colour and structure of the boards. And then the splash of colour… breath taking. Have to check out the pattern you linked to, interesting indeed.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I’m not feeling quite up to par yet, but getting there.

    Thanks Anna, yes that is our deck. I really like that the boards are so weathered, it does make a handy backdrop. Good thing as the lighting in our house is awful so I try to take most pics outside if I can.

  10. Emily says:

    I’ve never seen those before but may have to try them when I have some spare yarn and time.
    Hope you’re feeling better. Migraines and Mommyhood is a challenging combination. šŸ™‚

  11. felicity says:

    they are lovely, ive got some on my to do list, have you seen the Japanese craft books on etsy, some of them are so fab and could be little toys! hope your feeling better now and you have a relaxing weekend, fliss xx

  12. kristina says:

    So sorry. I meant to say this yesterday but was distracted by the pretty scrubbies: hope you’re feeling much better and the migraine has gone completely. K x

  13. Jennifer says:

    Thanks you guys, I’ve also discovered that the babe loves to play with these. I guess I know what she’ll be getting in her stocking.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Ooh, those are really lovely. Love the colours you’ve chosen too.

  15. Jacquie says:

    So I found your blog today through http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/ who I love. I love your blog and I was so happy to find this post as I am trying to come up with ideas for handmade gifts, these are perfect! Thanks!

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Elizabeth, and Jacquie, I’m so glad you stopped by. I do love these and they are so quick, easy, and pretty in lots of different colours.

  17. I have tried making those and for some reason I just couldn’t figure it out. I’ll have to check out your link and try it again. I love the colors you used.

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