Usagi Tawashi (Rabbit Scrubbie)

A few years ago when I went to Japan I bought several books from the “Magic Scrubber” series. The Japanese love their zakka (crafts for the home) and this is a perfect example of how the trend of zakka and amigurumi (small crochet toys) have merged into one fantastic slightly ridiculous but definitely fun thing. It’s a scrubbie sponge that looks like a cute bunny, what more can you need in life?! It will certainly make cleaning the bathroom or washing up dishes so much more fun than using a plain sponge. And anything that makes housework more enjoyable has got to be a good thing.

The original pattern in the book just calls for the front and back of the head to be sewn together, but other books from the Magic Scrubber series have a sponge inside, so I decided to add a sponge to this one, too. It certainly makes it a bit more robust and I reckon a bit more useful as well. As the yarn is pure acrylic, it should be pretty hardwearing, faster to dry than natural fibres, and it should last a good long while.

I decided to give this as a gift to my friend Nettie, who has a pronounced love of all things slightly bizarre – especially plastic dinosaurs. I reckon there’s no one better to appreciate something like this!


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Miko Coffey
Miko Coffey
Miko is addicted to crafting, and can often be found late at night drooling over Ravelry, or muttering "just one more row...". At last count, she had 187 different kinds of yarn in her stash, and is currently seeking storage for more. Ch2 and turn.