Because I make rugs from old clothes, I’m always looking at the cheapest clothing in thrift shops with the idea that I could maybe use the materials? A few weeks ago, I found a super heavy, dirt brown wool pullover sweater. Ugly color. Not an attractive shape, but it was WOOL and heavy….
One of my rarely used tools is my long-pole feather duster. It upsets me for three reasons.
- That although I got it used, it’s made with ostrich feathers. (If it was made of chicken feathers I don’t think I’d mind so much, hypocrite and happy chicken consumer that I am!)
- It doesn’t work all that well. It has a telescoping metal handle, which is handy when trying to clean the staircase fan/light. It gets the fan blades cleaner but NOT clean!
- It’s a single-use tool. I only use it on the fan, and as I said, it doesn’t work that well….
Accordingly, I hardly use the feather duster. I feel guilty every time I look at it thinking that some bird’s tail feathers (and likely nothing else) were used to make it.
Our grandmothers covered their brooms with cloth, by pinning it on, to make dusters.
When I cut the felted sweater into pieces today, I had the yoke with the neck separate, and thought, “WTF a I going to do with that?” And then it hit me — one arm was flattened out and wrapped around the bottom of my broom. The neck was threaded onto the handle of the broom, and wrapped around the first piece. Fastened with a kilt pin? I now have a “duster” with a thick, recycled wood pad — on the end of a pole.
When I need to use the broom as a broom, I’ll just unpin the yoke, remove the now dirty sleeve for washing and put away the yoke and pin with the other flattened sleeve.
The wool started out dirt colored, so I don’t have to worry that using it will stain it and it will need replacing.
I already had the pin.
The sweater yielded 2 small sheets heavy brown felt, two dusting pads, a method to connect them to my current broom, and the ability to remove another single-use tool from my life. Whoopee! [The feather duster is in the discard bin.]
The only thing I don’t have? A way to clean the fan, but that’s not new.