Archive | September, 2011

Broom Handle Duster

7 Sep

My grandmother, as you guys know if you’ve read my blog, was the queen of knitting.  She knitted all kinds of things and I don’t recall her ever sitting down at night without knitting on something.  I use one of the things she knitted about once a week.  It is a knitted broom handle duster made of variegated acrylic yarn.  It’s a handy little thing.  You slip it over the end of your broom handle and use it to reach cobwebs or dust, up around the ceiling that is too high to reach by hand.  It’s knitted in the round and gathered on one end.  A pom pom is sewn to the gathered end.  I’m not sure if she made this duster up or knitted it from a pattern, but nonetheless, I use it all the time and I think it’s very clever.  My son told me that I should try to recreate the pattern because other people would probably like to have one, so I did.  I hope that if you knit one for yourself, you will use it as much as I use mine.   Here are the directions for my broom handle duster.  I used cotton yarn instead of acrylic, but either one would obviously work.

Material:  

  • About 50-60 yards of cotton worsted-weight yarn (I used Lily’s Sugar’n Cream). 
  • Size 6 US double-pointed needles (set of 4).  
  • Tapestry needle.

Gauge:  I don’t really think the gauge is all that important for this project.

Directions:  Cast on 12 stitches.  Divide the stitches among 3 double pointed needles.  Join and knit in stockinette stitch until piece measures 4 inches.  Decrease by k2tog until only 3 stitches are left.   Clip your working yarn, so that you have about a 5-6 inch tail.  Thread you tail through your tapestry needle.  Slip the needle through the three remaining stitches to secure.  Weave in the ends.  Make a pom pom and sew it to the tip of your duster.  If you are unsure on how to make a pom pom, you can search You Tube videos for directions.

Enjoy… and happy dusting everyone!

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Double-Pointed Needle Holders

4 Sep

I have to admit, this was NOT my idea.  I found an awesome tutorial at http://veganknitter.blogspot.com/2007/09/dpn-project-holder-tutorial.html , by Robyn, on how to make these cute double-pointed needle holders.  I found my finger puppets at a teacher’s supply store.  I bought all the bees they had, as I wanted to RAK some to some people on Ravelry.  The black elastic was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It takes very little to make these and they can be made within 10 minutes are so.   Thank you Vegan Knitter for posting such an awesome tutorial!