I've been sort of a crochet nut as of late. I feel like I'm being more productive crocheting than I am cross stitching. I guess it's cause I'm making something I can actually use with the crochet, and the cross stitch just sits there, most of the time not even finished into something suitable for framing. Now that I think about it, if you figure in the cost of framing, crocheting is a lot cheaper hobby than cross stitching.
Anyhow, onto the latest crochet project. I actually made these while I was up at my mom's over Christmas. I saw the pattern for soap savers when I stumbled across the blog Moogly. I thought they would be a good solution to a problem we were having.
|soap saver with full bar of soap, nubby scrubby side|
This little crochet pouch solves that problem! There is no pouring the soap on anything. The soap is right there! The in between step of putting the soap on the washcloth is eliminated as well. Essentially, the soap is inside the washcloth. The pouch also keeps the soap from washing down the drain, or half the bar getting stuck to the shelf in the shower.
|soap saver with used bar of soap, non nubby scrubby side|
Also, you can use the bar of soap down to nothing. No waste. If Blockette breaks the bar once it's tiny, no big deal, the pieces will stay inside the soap saver.
I made two in case one needed to be washed. That way Blockette couldn't use the excuse that she couldn't take a shower because her scrubby was in the hamper.
Because I'm still a crochet newbie, I had to work each of them up more than once. It wasn't until my mom suggested using a stitch marker when I completed each row, that I finally got the hang of things. My stitch marker was super fancy. I just used the tail from the beginning of the stitching and moved it up each row. Then when I finished, I just wove the rest of the tail in as normal. That worked out better than having to keep track of some separate piece of yarn, or one of those plastic yarn markers you can purchase.
The multi colored scrubby was stitched in Lily Sugar'n Cream Psychedelic and the blueish one in Swimming Pool. This yarn is 100% cotton, medium or 4. I used the recommended I hook.
One word of warning. If you use Sugar n Cream yarn, in a dark color (particularly the blues), it will bleed. Unless you like blue dye in your shower, I highly suggest you wash the soap saver at least once with a color catcher. This will save you from any panic that you've permanently stained your tub blue.