Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sick Day Knitting

I've been fending off some kind of cold / virus for the past couple of days. Basically, I haven't done much except lay on the couch and knit. The upside is that I'll have some good knitting progress to share this week. First is a project I started late Friday.

Zoom from Knitting Playground
Cast On: 21 September 2007
Completed: 24 September 2007
Yarn: Bernat Handcrafter Cotton - Apple Green
Needles: Susan Bates US7 (4.5mm) metal straights

In my current Monk-like state, I do a thing I like to call "Daily Maintenance Cleaning" (in addition to my normal weekly scrubbing of the house). First, I straighten up each room (but who am I kidding, usually nothing is out of place anyway). Then I Windex all surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Then I vacuum all the floors. Then I damp mop the floors in the kitchen and bathroom. For the kitchen, I have a great micro-fiber mop that I can just wet down and mop, and then toss in the laundry every few days. But for the bathroom, I was using Swiffer Wet pads. I hated the thought of throwing away a pad each day, so I knit up this cotton Swiffer cover. Perfect solution!!

I tried it out this morning, and my only problem was that the cotton bloomed so much when I wet it down that it kept falling off the mop. As soon as it dries, I'll rip out the seams and sew it up smaller. Can't wait to take it for a second test run tomorrow!! But for now, it's back to the couch.

PS: I promise, the rest of the knitting I'll show you this week will be much less boring! My socks are done and my shawl is coming along really well. Slowly, but really well!

22 comments:

Ariel said...

Your "daily maintenance cleaning" = my bi-weekly serious cleaning. So I'm curious - what does the normal weekly scrubbing entail? I love the Swiffer pad idea - so nice not to throw away those big, diapery pads each time!

JessaLu said...

That pad has been on my 'to knit someday' list for a while now - good to see one in use so I can see that it's possible! Very cool :o)

Hope you feel better...

Kelly said...

I've not seen that before. What a cool idea!

It seems that cold is going around. My little one has been home sick with it the past few days. Hope you feel better soon!

CPAKnit said...

I thought "daily maintenance cleaning" meant taking a shower and brushing your teeth! You mean I'm supposed to do it to the house too? Then I would NEVER have time to knit.

Zarzuela said...

Great idea! But I'm totally with cpaknit on the cleaning thing. Maybe I'll have to point the boy to your post. I think he thinks I'm neat freek. ;)

Jessica

Sonya said...

You do all that every DAY!?! Wow. I like to let the dirt accumulate a little more so I can see a big difference when I do clean. ;o)

I love your swiffer pad; great idea! Hope you feel better quickly.

cpurl17 said...

You would die if you came to my house. I admire neat people because I so wish I could be one!

Katt said...

Would you like to come clean my house now? haha..joking

Katt

The_Add_Knitter said...

Ditto what Ariel said above!! Are you Italian-American by any chance, because THAT'S how clean you seem to me...kudos!

~Kristie said...

Brilliant! I've never seen that before so now I know what to knit up with my cotton/linen yarn. I'm sure I'll save tons of money on those disposable cloths.

Get feeling better sweetie.

MissyJoon said...

I am going to have you come to MY house! xo

Jennifer said...

Hahaha - leave it to you to somehow mix housework with knitting to make it more enjoyable. I love it.

I hope you're feeling better soon.

Julie said...

What a brilliant idea! Greencraft would *really* appreciate that:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/greencraft/topics

Olga said...

Good for you for doing your bit to save the environment! Feel better soon.

christine said...

I can't believe you do that everyday............funny - I was sick on Wednesday, too.

I've been unable to leave comments on your blog when I'm using foxfire as my browser. Do you have me blocked? :(

Kathy said...

How much cold medicine are you on? Knitting a floor mop? Back off the nyquil! MWahhhahahaha

KeanaLee said...

Interesting, though if I made one it would vanish in the wash!

a friend to knit with said...

i have never seen this! how great is that?!!!! those little throw aways are expensive!
hope you are on the mends!

Dipsy said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you've been sick too - there seems to be a nasty bug all around the world these days! Hope you'll be feeling much better soon!
But at least you could spent some quality time knitting - and I totally adore that mop cover! Actually I've wanted to try this one out for so long too, don't know why I haven't done so yet ;( Yours looks awesome!

Ragan Knits etc... said...

That is sooo cool. I have been using a towel, or old t-shirt. That is soooo cool.

f. lynd said...

You've altered it already I'm sure, but an easier solution would be to make a simple knit cloth to press into the holes at the top of the swiffer, in the way of the disposable clothes. I used to do this with washclothes.

No seaming!

Or perhaps a tie of some sort, across the top or around the handle? for when the cotton stretches out again?

Alisha said...

That is awesome!!!

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