DIY: Kitchen Scrubber Knitted from Twine

May 07, 2012 9:35 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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Garden twine knitted into a kitchen scrubbie? Even my grandparents, the sort of thrifty people who continued to call margarine "oleo" decades after war rationing ended, would have been amazed at this ingenious use for the extra bits of twine they saved—OK, hoarded—and rolled into little balls. We spotted this DIY project at 3191 Miles Apart:

Above: All you need to get started is a roll of rough garden twine and a pair of medium-gauge knitting needles. For instructions, go to 3191 Miles Apart.

Above: An inspiration shot: the finished product, via 3191 Miles Apart.

Above: Use any old garden twine like, say, the jute my grandparents used to make trellises for peas, latches for gates, and loops to hang tools in the shed. At Christmastime, they knotted it around brown-paper packages (which they always called "parcels") they mailed to Aunt Vicki in Massachusetts. Image via L Is Four Love.

Above: Jute Twine is $1.89 to $19.99, depending on quantity, from Dick Blick.

Above: A pair of Scissors, made by a Chinese scissor and knife company that has been in business since 1663, features a simple design; they're $12 from Brook Farm General Store.

Above: Another good choice in the garden: two-ply Sisal Twine is manufactured from the leaf fibers of the agave sisalana; it's €25 from Manufactum.

Above: A Twine Stand With Cutter (Old Faithful Shop; $25.95).

Above: A tangle-free tin of Nutscene Garden Twine ($14.90 for 500 feet, from Kaufmann Mercantile) is compostable.