dishrag scrubbie central

Here’s the one Japanese knitting book I purchased at Kinokuniya:
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I don’t know why I am so obsessed with these Japanese scrubbers (called “tawashi”). I haven’t even made one yet! But anyway, this book is filled with scrubbers of all shapes and sizes and for different purposes. Some are knit, and some are crocheted.
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You’re supposed to use these for washing your car. I don’t know how Peter would feel about that …
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These are for outdoor use, such as camping.
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And these? For “pet house care.” In one photo it looks like the model is lovingly cleaning out her fish tank with a scrubber in the shape of, you guessed it, a FISH.
And how, you ask, will I figure out how to create these scrubbers? Well, I just got this crazy instruction book via Amazon (I learned about this book through Jessica):
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Not only is it an excellent instructional book on both crocheting and knitting, complete with a glossary of Japanese symbols, but you get the bonus of the scary cover!

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23 Responses to dishrag scrubbie central

  1. Silvia says:

    Oh how very weird, I’m glad they don’t have body scrubbers. Imagine those crocheted body parts…ugh…
    What’s with the bride of Chucky on the cover of the how to book? Yikes.

  2. alison says:

    Cute fish! And Silvia has a good point: imagine little crocheted toes for scrubbing your feet, little knitted ears…

  3. Jessica says:

    I keep meaning to go over to Kinokuniya. My son would probably love some new Japanese books anyway.Did you ever make anything from those cute mags that Alison sent to you. There was adorable purse and a tank with embroidered flowers that I just loved.

  4. molly says:

    All those different scrubbers are great–but the frog is kind of weird. Why is he frowning?

  5. Elaine says:

    You are really inspiring me to learn to knit and crochet. Seems like a cool book. But the last one? The eyes, the eyes, please take them away!

  6. Jackie says:

    That cover is truly frightening. Yow. But I love the little scrubbers. What kind of yarn do you use for that though?

  7. Fran says:

    Mariko, I’m very jealous of your books !! I whipped right over to Chapters and ordered Basic Knit and Crochet though. Hopefully it will help me in my quest for learning more about Japanese patterns. Thanks so much for that info.

  8. Lizzi says:

    I have a feeling that little doll is going to do a walk-on in my next nightmare…

  9. JStrizzy says:

    Damn, I never realized scrubbers were so specialized (I really can’t think of any other types of “pet house care” that would require a scrubber either). The fish one seems like a form of deterrence/negative reinforcement for training your fish: “see what happens to you if you misbehave?!?”

  10. Lora says:

    Your books all look so cool! well except for the one with the creepy doll on the cover. The instructions would have to be beyond great for me to get that book, I would have to keep that book in the garage and put a book cover on it!

  11. Em/Michelle says:

    Those are. Adorable. Be they scrubbers, or cat toys? Methinks the latter, frankly. Least they would if I made them.

  12. carrie m says:

    there is such a fine line between cute and creepy. please let us know when you find “the scary clown guide to crochet.”

  13. Meg says:

    I can guess how Peter would like a toy car scrubber . . someone gave my Grandpa one once – he tied it to an old mop to wash the car.

  14. Chelee says:

    CREEPY DOLL! But hey, she can’t be too bad, it looks like she knows how to knit.

  15. Rob says:

    That cover completely creeps me out!

  16. mindy says:

    I love this cover! Just found a copy of the book online and ordered it immediately, so now I can buy up all the knitting mags at the local Japanese book & magazine store.
    Can I steal Silvia’s comment/idea? I want to make scrubbers that look like body parts! Perfect for the next time someone asks you to lend a hand.

  17. Jen says:

    Oh I’m so jealous!!!! Haha, not only amazing patterns, but beautiful book itself! I’m obsessed with the tawashi myself.
    Haha, yes, the creepy cover to the other book IS a bonus!

  18. kathi says:

    i found the creepy doll on the cover book at borders about 6 months ago. i bought it because it brought back memories of japan for me. i’ll have to take a closer look at it.

  19. Chandra says:

    I love seeing these pattern books from Japan- they are so much fun! I think these tawashi are really cool too, and started to make my own. I already recreated the ladybug and am moving onto the animal mits because I think they’ll make cute gifts for the kids in my family. Keep posting these cool books! (Your sewing& knitting projects are beautiful too.. so creative- go girl! )

  20. kbsalazar says:

    That Basic Crochet & Knit book is one of the best books available for beginners, especially beginners who are visual learners. The diagrams are large, clear and plentiful. It’s also very reasonably priced. I’ve given away about a dozen in the past two years. If I were to teach a formal class for beginners, I’d list this booklet as “required reading.”

  21. Jo says:

    Oh, this is wonderful! I love your blog.

  22. Siow Chin says:

    Hi Mariko, I’m a knitter living in Hong Kong. I’m so thrilled to see that book with the doll (I don’t find her scary)! I learnt to knit from this book 20 years ago when I was a kid back in Singapore. I’ve lost it and am so glad to know that it is still in print. Could you let me have its ISBN no., please?

  23. Rhonda says:

    Thank you SO much for opening my eyes to yet another knit art form – I’ve made 2 of these using Gwen’s pattern, and I am in love! SUPER quick MINDLESS knitting – and cute results every time! Well, in my case, BOTH times. My 11 yo daughter is making one as we speak – thanks again! Now I am off to search for more Japanese knitting patterns – wish I would have known about this 11 years ago while we were stationed in Okinawa! :o)

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