Internet Down :(

Even though everything was working fine on Monday, the internet kinda crapped out on me last night. Thankfully it was a quick fix with a phone call and some numbers, but we have been doing so many things I just now got around to it. Let’s back up to Tuesday morning. 

Tiny Tart had an 8am Dr. appointment which went very well. She’s a bit Chubby, but not overweight (nothing wrong with that). She did get 3 shots though, so not really a happy camper, but she’ll live. Then we drove the next block over to our old apartment to drop off the keys and have the inspection. Maintenance said it was immaculate for having lived there 3 years, and I only have to pay to clean the carpets. (I think I cleaned way more than was necessary, but better safe than sorry!) Next we popped over to the library to pick up some books on hold, but our card is missing (wonder why) and they wouldn’t look me up without an id with current address. It didn’t matter how many times I told them that “I just moved yesterday. Nothing has my new address!” Of course, as soon as I got back to the apartment I found my card in my purse (of all the stinking places!!), but couldn’t go back because Maintenance was coming to fix the oven and wrap the A/C. 

I waited, and waited, and waited, until around 4pm I went down stairs to drop off paperwork and was asked if they came. When I said no, they found the boss and sent someone up. (Before we went to the Dr. I left a message at the front desk for them not to come until after lunch when I’d be home.) The guy who came said he had been there twice before 10am and I wasn’t home. His paper said “The tenant would like to be home when you visit.” So much for my message. Since it was too late to fix anything, he promised to come back in the morning. He did too! Bright and early he fixed my oven, a badly wired outlet, a door that wouldn’t latch, and wrapped all 3 A/C units. (Bless him) When I saw the snow outside this morning I was resigned to wait another day. 

Now we’re caught up, and things are starting to fall into place. Because of the oven, Tasty Tuesday has been postponed, but I’ll try to squeeze in double next week. (If the snow lets me get to the market!) 

I also haven’t been resting on my laurels in the craft department. I’ve made a pattern for a swiffer cover that you can wash and reuse. (Look at me going green!) We have hardwood floors now so the cat tumbleweeds are gonna amass quickly! Now I can have a ready supply that can be used for wet or dry cleaning. The best thing is the ridges on the bottom that are good for scrubbing, but also catch all the stray litter pieces scattered around without scratching like the normal cloths. It took me about 3 hrs to make one, but I was also fiddling around trying to make it work. You could probably manage it in 2 or less! 

Crochet Swiffer Cover
(I used Lily Sugar’n Cream 100% Cotton with a US H/8 hook)

Ch. 41
Row 1 – 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch across. Turn. 40 sc. 
**Everyone crochets differently, Please stop here and check the strip against your duster. (stretching a little is ok) You may have to begin again with a different number of stitches. My stitches tend to be tight. If you crochet loosely it may turn out too large.**

Row 2 – Ch 1. Working in back loop only of each sc, 1 sc in each sc across. Turn.
*Rep last row until work from beg measures 4 inches.* (When measuring against your duster be sure to keep stretch in mind. if you needed to stretch to touch the ends, it will make the width thinner also.* 

After you have the correct width – Turn and Ch. 1. *Work 10 sc (1 in each sc). Turn and Ch. 1* Repeat (*) until you have a strip that reaches the other edge. (see picture)
When the strip (the 10 sc) has reached the other side – Sc through both the original chain and the strip 10 sc to the corner. Make an additional 2 sc in the last stitch. Turn the work 90° and continue to sc through the 2 layers until you reach the other corner. Fasten off.

With the new “pocket” in your right hand facing away from you, count in 10 stitches on the top left edge. In this 10th stitch begin to sc towards the left edge. When you reach the edge of the cloth turn and ch 1. Now continue the (*) repeat just like the first pocket. (When you get to the end of the strip make sure you fold it onto the same side as the existing pocket.) (Yes, I did screw that part up!)

I ran out of yarn, but your strip should continue up to the red line.
Remember to end your strip length on the “inside edge”,
making it easy to sc the layers together in 1 go.

Now just flip the pockets over the ends of the duster and go to town! I will admit that I love this type of cleaning. It involves next to no effort but makes me feel like I accomplished something. Or you can always just give it to the kids and let them clean for you!

Please excuse the drool. We are getting our last teeth.
I don’t have any explanation for the hair though!

As always, if anything that I tried to explain makes absolutely no sense, please feel free to ask questions! I’m not even gonna pretend I’m in an organized state of mind right now. I’m just doing my best to translate the crazy. 

East Coasters be careful in all the snow and ice. I’ll see-ya tomorrow.

♥Momma Tart
Running Tally:
#26 – Crochet Swiffer Cover

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