Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eco-Tawashi

Despite yesterdays snow, yes it did snow here yesterday, there are signs of spring. The lovely little crocus in the lawn are my favorite. Despite their tiny size they are probably the most welcome of all my flowers each year. I call this photograph Do You Believe in Magic?
But it is still too cold and wet to do much work in the garden and I am thrilled to have received a much anticipated shipment of Eco-tawashi yarn from Japan.
I ordered this yarn right at the time of the devasting earthquake and tsunami so had little hope that it would ever arrive. But my supplier was not injured and shipped the yarn as soon as she was able to return to Tokyo
This is a very special yarn unique to Japan and used to make traditional eco-tawashis, magic pot scrubbers. It is an abrasive acrylic yarn with deoderizing and anit-bacterical properties.
The Japanese crochet this yarn into lovely scrubbers in gorgeous pattterns.
They are called eco-tawashi because they are used to clean pots, casseroles, dishes glasses etc. without soaps or detergents so are great for the environment.
And they do work like magic. I gave the first tawashi I crocheted to my husband and he has been raving about it ever since. Our glass casseroles look like new and our glasses and pots shine.
I have crocheted them into flowers: roses and chrysanthemums, since tawashis must be beautiful and well as effective. They are available for purchase in my Beadedwire Etsy shop.


23 comments:

bloomandbling said...

I love the first photo. The title absolutely suites it.
It's nice to hear that the supplier was ok, and the items you have made with this unique yarn are truly lovely!

galla15 said...

Just stunning as always! Your photography is amazing!

Aulani Photography and BH Giveaways said...

The fabric sounds amazing and the photo IS amazing!

hoganshandiwork said...

How awesome is that?? Love those flowers!

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

I love crocus too. How nice that you were able to get your yarn and your supplier is ok!

MJ said...

Those are so beautiful! I think I might need one now.

KrystalsJewelry said...

beautiful!!!

Elizabeth said...

wow, magic yarn!!! if only we could get it to do the scrubbing too :)

new creationz said...

Love your crocus pic!

Your little scrubbies are beautiful too!

Audrey said...

Love the flowers! All of them :)
We won't be seeing any flowers for quite a while yet, though our snow is melting, the ground is still pretty frozen.

Jill Q said...

A tiny crocus popping up in between blades of grass is such a wonderful site. Watching for them is something I enjoy every year, and am always tickled to see them! A very beautiful photograph ...

Linda B said...

I love the crocus too. And, your pot scrubbers are so pretty.

Lissie said...

Lovely!

GaleazGlass said...

I had never heard of them or that yarn before Judy. Thank you for explaining. I think they will be big sellers for you. And gorgeous photo of emerging spring! I'm sure mine are coming up in my lawn in CT--for my renters to enjoy.

BijiBijoux said...

Gorgeous photos and beautify job!

Terra Verde said...

I love it! Great post. I'm amazed at the purple flower.

jlcjbuzz said...

Wow! These sound great! I might just have to come and buy one! Love your photography!
Carol from Carol's Jewelry Orchard

Crystal Eldoradosoap said...

Eco-tawashi, fascinating! love this post. Enjoyed learning about the yarn and how it is used.

CalliopeCreations said...

What a wonderful idea. Very unique yarn. Your photography is fantastic.

Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan said...

Oh that flower photo is so gorgeous! And the yarn properties interesting...I had never heard of it before.

petite hermine said...

Gorgeous first photo and I like the crochet flowers as well!

Michelle said...

What a great product.. and the crocus photo is gorgeous...

Keiko said...

Hello! I was wondering if you sell your pattern for the cute 2 color tawashi? I haven't come across that particular style before. Thanks!