My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Project Scrubbie

Do y’all use a nylon net scrubbie? You know what I mean — one of these:


Well, yesterday the center cord on mine came undone and I was left holding approximately 4 yards of wet nylon net. I smooshed it back together and tied the cord around it again, but it will never be quite the same again.

Then I remembered something. A few years ago, there was a pattern in Knitty for a bath puff called Bonbon. I bought the yarn called for, Gedifra Clou, and stuck it in my stash room, thinking I’d make a couple. Of course I never did.

Gedifra Clou is a 100% nylon tape yarn — considered super bulky. And now discontinued.

Yesterday I went into the depths of the stash room ISO my Gedifra Clou. and I actually found it in the space of minutes! I was going to knit a Bonbon, but decided, hey, just for fun, I think I’ll winkle something together myself. Why do things the easy way?

Here’s the result:


I started out with U.S. size 10 needles and woo doggies! Not big enough! I dug out a set of U.S. size 15 needles and cast on again.

By the way, doing a longtail cast on with super bulky nylon tape and size 15 needles is . . . weird.

Just for grins, I wrote up the pattern for this and you can get it (in pdf format) here. It’s also linked to from the free patterns page.


Yeah, the yarn is discontinued. But I did a yarn search in Ravelry for bulky and super bulky yarns in nylon and/or cotton and came up with a few alternatives, which are mentioned in the pattern. I also noticed that there are people on Ravelry who have Gedifra Clou that they are willing to destash.

And of course, I have more than one skein. You didn’t really think I had bought just one, did you?


Want a skein of my Gedrifa Clou yarn? Leave a comment to this blog post by Sunday September 6 at noon Eastern Time, and I will have the random number generator draw four names to receive a skein each of my yarn.

Lucy Sez


“That doesn’t look like a toy for me.”


  1. Susan (LotusHips) says:

    Ooo, I use scrubbies AND I need another WIP ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. oooh, I’d like to knit one of these. It looks great! Count me in for the drawing please.

  3. Oooh, lovely colour. I would love some. Thanks Wendy.

  4. Oh cute! I’d be game for trying one with your stash yarn ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Sarah E. White´s last blog ..Make an Old Outfit New with Knit Accessories =-.

  5. fantastic Wendy. love seeing what your mind comes up with and new scrubbies are great ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Love the yarn and that looks like a fun, practical and quick project!
    .-= kchealy´s last blog ..Mary Jane =-.

  7. That yarn is pretty cool and so is your project! Wish they still made the yarn!

  8. What a cool idea!

  9. bath poofy things rock, great pattern too ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= katkoe´s last blog ..SALE Knit, Purl, Drink Stitch Markers =-.

  10. Nice! Although I have nothing to knit it with – maybe I’ll win a skein!
    .-= Beth Bachuss´s last blog ..This Summer =-.

  11. i want some, i want some! i totally need a new scrubbie!!
    .-= eboni´s last blog first handspun =-.

  12. Woohoo, that looks like just what I need to add to a spa gift bag! Thanks for writing up the pattern.
    .-= Bevsyarncrazy´s last blog ..I’ve Got Mail =-.

  13. I’d really like tto knit myself one of those, you can never know when the old scrubbie will fail after all =)
    .-= Rose-Marie´s last blog ..Mum’s sock =-.

  14. This looks like enormous fun! You certainly have a wonderful imagination! I’d like to give it a try.

  15. Sign me up since I’m sort of known for knitting the wacky stuff anyway (currently seaming armadillos and stuffing bunny nuggets!). Looks like a fun pattern. I’ll bet you could use narrow strips of tulle (you can get spools of it at JoAnn, Michael’s etc for not much $$) in place of the Clou.

  16. Ok I NEED that yarn. See I have a 21yr old cousin who is a university level football player (maybe even going pro next year!) and he LOVES bath poofs. Apparently he uses them in the locker room with the other football players. And don’t even think about touching HIS bath poof. I’d love to be able to make him an extra special bath poof!

  17. I love working with size 15 needles!! Ok, maybe I’m strange, but they do make the projects go quickly!

  18. What a neat idea. I can always use more scrubbies.

  19. Woo! Also might might washcloths out of it. Count me in the drawing. You are so clever.

  20. Oh oh oh! I adore that yarn. And your scrubbie. I actually hate when the center cord breaks. So frustrating. Thanks for the pattern ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Deinera´s last blog ..Home again =-.

  21. oh definitely want! how stinkin cute are they?!?
    .-= betzi´s last blog ..Tsk, Tsk, Naughty Little Blogger… =-.

  22. Those scrubbies never stay together. I was thinking of knitting one up from nylon tulle on a roll.

  23. Susan DeBettignies says:

    I use one of those net thing-ies every morning, and hate the way they come apart. I’d love to try your formula.

  24. So *that* was the stealth knitting project on size 15 needles! How ingenious! How did it work in the shower?
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Happy New Year? =-.

  25. It could very well be a toy for Lucy, and it matches her eyes. N

  26. Shirley. in PA says:

    Good, a quick project. I would love a skein to make my very own poof. Thanks for the offer Wendy.

  27. Please count me in! I love new adventures in knitting! And Lucy, you don’t need a scrubbie. You do just fine keeping yourself fluffy!

  28. elizaduckie says:

    Who can’t use a scrubbie in such a gorgeous color?

  29. I’m about ready for a new scrubbie. Thanks for the pattern!
    .-= Marie N.´s last blog ..August 2009 recap… =-.

  30. Scrubbies, I need scrubbies. I have nylon tulle that should be cut in strips before knitting them but never got around to it. This looks far more interesting and I would love to try it with Gedrifa Clou. It looks super cool. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Hey Lucy – Gizmo sends his love!

  31. Lucy may not think it’s a toy but my cats love them. Actually they love anything they know they shouldn’t steal. I’ll have to make one.

  32. Just my color! Keeping my fingers crossed that the random number generator will pick me.


  33. It matches my bathroom so I’d really like to win some. Thanks!

  34. Lorraine C. says:

    What a cute scrubbie and you used up stash yarn too. I love it when a plan comes together.

  35. Love the scrubbies and the colors!
    .-= Annette´s last blog ..Good and Not So Good =-.

  36. That looks gorgeous and far more practical than the fall-apart scrubbies – I would love a skein to make one. I’m just hoping the dye is truly fast…

  37. The knot on my nylon scrubbie thingy keeps slipping to the side I happen to be using at the moment. It’s darn uncomfortable!

  38. Aha…was wondering what the 15’s were for ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, I hate those nylon ones. Will have to find something to knit mine in…hmm
    .-= Zonda´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday! =-.

  39. Annette Fettig says:

    Thank you for the pattern. I will make some!

  40. Yea I love bath puffies! Enter me, please! ๐Ÿ™‚ And that would make a great gift, I’m thinking…
    .-= Dana´s last blog ..More baby stuff! =-.

  41. Oooooooh – love those yummy colors. What a great idea – I’m always looking for small items I can make for my nieces & nephews & their mates for Christmas. That scrubby along with some lovely hand made soap would be perfect.

  42. That scrubbie is adorable! I think I like yours better than the knitty one. Put me on your random number generator for a chance to win the yarn, please. Sounds like a fun “instant gratification” project.

  43. anne marie in philly says:

    steven and meredith say: “poor cousin lucy…her momma doesn’t want her to have any new cat toys!” (grin)

    “Yesterday I went into the depths of the stash room ISO my Gedifra Clou, and I actually found it in the space of minutes!” – and you actually came out alive! (double grin)

    have a great weekend – I decree that, since my birthday is this weekend, EVERYBODY gets monday off as a holiday! y’all may commence shouting for joy now…(crickets chirping)…

  44. What a lovely scrubbie!! Please count me in for the drawing too.

  45. I love this project!! It’s great when a quick knit project is both useful in every day life and beautiful. Add me to the list of interested parties!

  46. Oh I think it is justgreat – and I love blue and I need a new bath scrubbie.
    pickme, pickme…

  47. Count me in – my scrubbie is on the verge of disintigrating!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Field of Beans =-.

  48. Stacy and the five rugrats says:

    Lucy – Anything you can bat with your paws or roll around in/on is a toy for a cat!

  49. Awesome! Very cute Please count me in.
    .-= AmyDe´s last blog ..Time Flies When You’re Having Fun =-.

  50. That yarn is so totally me – but size 15 needles might kill me. Good thing I am willing to die for my art!

  51. That’s a fantastic idea. I can already see the gift possibilities as it’s going to be a handmade Christmas this year.

  52. That would be great! Thanks Wendy.

  53. I can’t believe I’m signing up to try for a skein of super bulky novelty yarn. THE WORLD HAS ENDED.

    Or something.

    I love the scrubby!

  54. Great project idea!

  55. That’s an awesome poufy!

  56. It looks like it would be fun to knit a scrubbie! That would be a really neat gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Well that looks like great fun – and it will probably end up being a cat toy for my very large coon ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. What a great little “to-go” project. “To-go” to the bar that is!! Wine & knitting, my two favorite things!

  59. Thanks for all the info about the yarn! I was given a crocheted scrubbie years ago and wanted to make more of my own, but could never find the scratchy nylon stuff. Now I know what to look for. =)

  60. Shannon H. says:

    Oooohhhh! Bath scrubbie! My kids destroy the store bought kind.

  61. Ooooooooooooooh, what a fab idea!

    I hope this competition is open to those of us across the pond!

    I’m just about to cast on your generic toe up pattern to knit on a 3 hour coach journey to London’s iKnit weekender next week!
    .-= Puddytat purr´s last blog ..Alex has socks! =-.

  62. I was wondering what you were knitting with US15. What a great idea!!

  63. I’ve wanted to make one of those for a while, but haven’t had the right yarn. Maybe next time it can be a kitty toy for your little princess. I’m in the midst of making lots for my grand-kitties.

  64. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    Oh…that looks so cute. I use shower scrubbies and would love to make one.
    Thanks Wendy! Kristi

  65. Beth in Seattle says:

    Back again because I can’t resist a give-away. This would be a great gift. Thanks again!

  66. yep. I like doing those things with strips of tulle…..cause having yarn already made for you is way too easy……

  67. oooh, I like the color of yarn you chose! Pretty blues and purples. Consider me entered for a chance to win! Thanks, Wendy! You are always so generous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. Wow. I’d love to knit a bath puff with such a pretty yarn — and discontinued yarn at that. Another reason to stash the stuff (as if I needed one).

  69. mememememememe! I would love to have a skein ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= judi´s last blog ..savannah day the third =-.

  70. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    I would love to try one,Thanks.

  71. OOOH, scrubbies! And my very favorite color! You are too kind.
    Thank you for the chance.

  72. I like that color. So pretty.

  73. Looks cool, do they work well?
    .-= Celeritas´s last blog ..No hole Monkey or No Yarn Over Monkey =-.

  74. What a great idea!
    .-= Tammy´s last blog ..AC/DC freebie =-.

  75. Would love to give this a go. Just adore the colour. Now Wendy I would just love to walk into your stash room. I reckon I would be in 7th heaven ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers Lynne
    .-= Lynne´s last blog ..Nearly Insane Block 16 =-.

  76. Tonya Millett says:

    What a cool idea!

  77. I lurve bath poofs! Clearly I need to make my own.

  78. Ooh, what a neat idea!


    how many of these comments contain the word “ooh” (or some derivation thereof)? It amuses me ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Wow, that would make a great scrubbie/backpack hanger. I swim every day and a scrubbie like that would look cool hanging from my backpack to dry. Gotta get me some of that yarn. Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Leigh Duncan says:

    Oooh! Fun! I’d love to make a scrubbie. Thanks!

  81. I do want a skein! Your scrubbie looks delightful.
    .-= Annika´s last blog ..foodies =-.

  82. Neat-o! I’ve been looking how to make these for a while because I’m cheap and hate having to shell out for a new one every month!

  83. I just hate it when my scrubbie falls apart! Would love the yarn and thanks for the pattern.

  84. Whoa! That’s the stuff I made into an elder cat bed thingie once when you were collecting ’em!

    I’m pretty sure I don’t ever want to knit with it again–just saying.
    .-= ann´s last blog ..Nine More Pairz =-.

  85. So very weird – mine fell apart yesterday morning, and I ended up twisting it with the cord and being very, um, frustrated with it – I’ll have to give this pattern a try…
    .-= Deirdre´s last blog ..These are the times =-.

  86. I love scrubbies! And I wear them out! So, I would love to try the nylon yarn to make myself one! Hope I win! Thanks!

  87. Amazing! My next project is, yes scubbies! Thanks for the pattern and chance at a skein.
    .-= Ina´s last blog ..Combining knitting instructions for a knitting project =-.

  88. I’d love to make a Poof! I love Poofs!
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Pleasant Home =-.

  89. My shower scrubbie is about shot and this would be so much prettier in the shower. I have already queued the pattern in Ravelry in anticipation of stash enrichment….hint,hint. You may have to save a skein to make one for Lucy, obviously not for the shower – she would not enjoy that, but as toy. Spray it with catnip or leave it a container filled with catnip and tadah – cat toy.

  90. Love the scrubbie! I would certainly love the yarn! Thanks for all you do! Lucy does need a new toy!

  91. Me me me me me me me me me

    .-= Tiny Tyrant´s last blog ..Some days being strong is just too much =-.

  92. Very cute. And way more interesting than another washcloth!

  93. I’ve never knit with something like that. I’d love to try!

  94. I would love to try out some of the yarn!
    Pick Me!

  95. Looks like fun – hope I win one!

  96. I would love to make a new scrubbie!
    .-= Eli´s last blog ..What we have done to our house. =-.

  97. kelly-ann (on Ravelry) says:

    What a pretty colorway. Those bath scrubbies would be great to pair with some yummy bath soap for a gift.

  98. oh love this. would love to make some for pressies.
    .-= Southern Gal´s last blog ..Kennedy and Katrina =-.

  99. What I want to know is does it work well as a scrubbie?

  100. MEEEE!!! I actually need a bath puff. Mine didn’t make the move to Ithaca somehow…
    .-= Logan´s last blog ..MAIL CALL! =-.