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Sep. 16th, 2008 @ 01:16 pm An idea from one of our ravelry folks
Hi everyone,

This idea comes from a lady who goes by the tag melaswell on ravelry. This is in response to the idea of including a sort of crocheted or knitted cloth in the hygiene bags:

Anyway, the idea I had was to use something like a tribble instead. Even at the biggest gauge, they tend to be palm-sized or smaller. And the garter stitch works great to scrub off grime. I use them on everything from my own face to my dirty dishes (not the same one!).

I think they would be useful in the hygiene bags, but the recipient might not know what they are! They can also take a bit to dry because they are basically a double-thickness of cotton (although I’m sure they’d dry faster in the arid conditions of the desert).

I’d be happy to knit up a test batch for you to take a look at. (I can bang several of these babies out in an afternoon.)

Thoughts? I think it's a neat idea and something we could have fun with.

This also begs the question: Should we include with each bag a little list "Included in this bag"?
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From:pathogen
Date:September 16th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Ohh I think I've used one of those for dishes. They're fantastic. Never used them for anything else though.

I still need to talk to the family about bags and soap. They weren't home today.
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From:riseabove
Date:September 16th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
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My concern is that if they are hard to dry they will stay moist in the heat from humidity and such and then create a bacteria/mold type of situation. That is kind of the last thing we want, eh? However I would be willing to take a test batch and see what happens, I can create a lot of humidity in my bathroom and see what happens... it'll be an easier decision if I can physically see them/hold them you know? Have her email me!

I really don't think we need to have a list of what's in the bag. If one can't tell what something is for, imo, it shouldn't be in the bag... when we started this it was a simple straight forward project and the more complex it gets for me (not to be selfish, but a lot of the work depends on me, so I am going to have to be a little selfish) the less I can ultimately give because of my limited spare time.
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From:riseabove
Date:September 16th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
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**also it starts getting cold at night there soonish, and boy does it get cold, we don't want wet/damp articles sitting out in the cold. i'd like to stick with things that can be used year round, so there is never any confusion as to what we might need and when (with exception of the themed holiday type bags, obviously) does that make sense?
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From:joriejc2
Date:September 16th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Makes sense to me, grasshopper.

I will let her know :)
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From:joriejc2
Date:September 16th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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'scoo, homeslice. :) Understood on the list as well. I thought perhaps people might want to keep track if they are worried about items leaving the bag...not sure how much of a problem that is over there.
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From:riseabove
Date:September 16th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
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meh it happens, but it's basically unavoidable - it happens in the barracks stateside and in the field and at basic training/bootcamp all the time anyway/too, and who's really gonna be all "OK WHO STOLED MY CHAPSTICK?!" when really they can go to the PX (depending what kind of base they're at) and get a new one ;)