Friday, January 27, 2012

Toaster Oven Hot Pad

Do you ever store anything on top of your toaster oven?  Have you ever forgotten to take it off before using the toaster oven and now you have melted plastic stuck to the top?  Thankfully, I haven't forgotten but that's not to say that some day I wouldn't!  I got the idea of making a hot pad for the toaster oven from my sister-in-law.  She had a folded crocheted table runner on top of her toaster oven and I thought it was a great idea!

So when I got home from vacation I decided to make my own toaster oven hot pad...


I modified a table runner pattern to fit the top of my toaster oven.


Now whenever I use the toaster oven I won't have to remember to move whatever is stitting on top!

I've been crocheting a lot since I've been home.  It's something I really enjoy doing (of course, I enjoy doing anything that involves working with my hands!) and I can make so many useful household items and hopefully one day, some clothing.

I will be participating in a crochet-along next week with Miranda from An Austin Homestead where we are going to be making some market bags.  If you're like me, someone who tries to reuse, reduce and recycle, then you know how those plastic bags in the produce section of grocery stores are not very environmentally friendly.  Every time I grab one, the environmentalist in me cringes yet I was never able to come up with a better alternative.  Until now.  I saw Miranda's crocheted market bag that she made as a gift for someone for Christmas.  She is willingly sharing her pattern with her readers and I am so thankful and excited about this crochet-along!  If you're interested, check out the above link.  She tells you what materials you'll need and the stitches you need to know (chain stitch, slip stitch and double crochet).  We are going to start on Monday.  So, why don't you join us and help reduce the use of those awful plastic bags!

Have a great weekend!

Till next time,


6 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Good idea, i will get something similar from the store !

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I've had learning to crochet on my list for some time... love your hot pad and good luck with the tote bag. Will be anxious to see it. :)

Karen said...

Love the hot pad colors!....

Tammy said...

I don't have a toaster oven, but have melted plenty of things on the stove ;)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Great idea! Hope to see more of your crocheted creations. I never passed the novice stage of crochet, and it's been many years, but it's one thing I would love to get back into. -Tammy

Lisa Adams said...

Thanks for the idea! I just got a new kitten and he actually jumped on top of the toaster oven while it was on. I was standing right there and grabbed him off before he got burned, but it got me looking for something I could put on top of it so he wouldn't get burned if he decided to try that when I'm not looking. I found a pattern on Lion Brand Yarn's website to knit a potholder and I think I'm going to modify the dimensions to make it fit across the toaster oven. It should look similar to what you have. :)

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