I-Cord Reusable Straw Cleaner

I finally found a reason to sit down and learn I-Cord knitting. I’ve been avoiding it and/or projects involving it for awhile, but now I see it was silly to not take the time and get the skill.

What finally got me to do it was a need for a pipe cleaner to clean out these reusable straws we have that don’t get cleaned in time. With the juicing or just thicker drinks, if I don’t get to it and the cup is left in the sink, the straw is a mess. Earlier last week I was reading through The Resolution for Women and that lead me around later on to thanking God for the inventor of the drinking cup when we were out weeding in the crazy humid heat. But then I was really realizing I needed to thank Jesus for the inventor of the straw, because Kristal was bringing me out a refreshing drink with the ability to drink it without taking off my gloves and making a mess with my sweaty dirty hands.

So, anyway, later the dirty reusable straws issue comes up. “Just put it in the dishwasher” is what I hear, so I do that. No good, the peach bits from the juicing have dried on. Everything I try doesn’t get it to ‘drinkable’ condition. So the suggestion is to put it in the dishwasher again. Which I do. And maybe I even do it another time, but then that’s it.

We need a pipe cleaner.

We don’t have money for that. And while I am into stop-motion animation, and I can certainly find some crafty use…it’s just not worth the money right now and that’s just not what I want here. If only…

So learn to I-cord it is, FINALLY. I did a 4 stitch one on the double pointed size 1 knitting needles I use for mochimochi animals. Right now I’m working on a 3 stitch cord for the skinnier straws too.

Knit I-Cord Reusable Straw Cleaner

I am too weird sometimes. But, hey, now if I’m ever stranded on a deserted island I can:

  • Carve some bamboo straws
  • Carve double pointed knitting needles
  • Knit an I-cord straw cleaner
  • Make tropical drinks