Optimus 111 Wiper cloth for 21st Century.

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  1. kerophile

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    There have been some recent posts on the Optimus Wiper cloths that used to be supplied with Optimus No.111 stoves up until the early 1960s.

    In the 1956, 1957/8 and 1962 Brochures and catalogues on the CCS Site, specific mention is made of the supply of windshield, spanner, spirit can (not for Op111B), and cloth or wiper with the stove.

    Few of these cloths survived, yet they are functional and nice to have when completing an Op.111 outfit.

    You need wait no longer!

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    A traditional hand-knitted 100% cotton Wiper cloth, just like Granny used to make. Could also be used as a personal washcloth as it's lovely and soft.

    Brand new, this unbleached cotton knitted Wiper cloth has a decorative edge and is approximately 8" or 20cm square.

    Vegan friendly, these are totally bio-degradable, sustainable, contain no plastic and when your wiper cloth reaches the end of its life, it can be safely cut up and composted.

    Can be bleached, boiled and machine washed umpteen times. Soft on your Optimus 111 stove, as there's nothing to cause any scratches. You might even begin to find excuses to Polish your lovely stove.

    As with all individually hand crafted items, each cloth is slightly different and may have an imperfection or two, or not be perfectly square. This adds to the charm of a handmade item.

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Can also be used to make char cloth at the end of its useful life.

    Have you found any for sale, or is this another skill one needs to learn?
     
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    @kerophile

    OH YES indeed, Where are they to be had ?.Optimust.
     
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    Where are they?????
     
  5. Simes

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    That is a serious tease there @kerophile.

    But could prove lucrative to whoever actually makes them. :)
     
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    Does the right one is original?
    If not, where can I see an original one and it's dimensions?
    If they have to be made, better to have exactly the same thing.
     
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    Hi @JP2 the original is on the right in the above photo. It is a woven cotton item and prone to fraying further.

    Optimus 111 from 1950s

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    :lol::lol: You can tell there’s mostly men here. Who else would be so amazed and befuddled by a dish cloth. :lol: I mean Wiping Cloth :lol:
     
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    Doesn’t mean I don’t want one too!
     
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    Too late for that now @IvanN . Lololo
     
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    Had me googling 'handmade dishcloths'.

    Gluten free apparently. :) And everything friendly.

    Nothing resembling the fine knitted example we're all after, mainly rough crochet.

    Plenty of 'How to make your own' tutorials.

    Have you taken up knitting now George?
     
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    Is it possible to have a ruler as a guide around the cloth? I know the Optimus can is 131mm long but in other to have the same design, a ruler could be helpful.
    No No No I will not make it but I know a group of women that do things like that to make money to help people in their community. My mom was one of them before she pass away.
     
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    The Wiper cloth measures approximately 200mm x 200mm, or 8 in. X 8 in.

    @Staffan Rönn @Doc Mark

    Best Regards,
    Kerophile.
     
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    Here we go!!!
    Thank
     
  15. IvanN

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    What size crochet hook?
     
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    @IvanN as far as I've gleaned size 6/7 (US) for the needles for the knitting, but those seem to produce quite a rough finish.

    The crochet hook for isn't sized for the locking off.
     
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    My wife says knitting will not produce the frayed 4 sides.
     
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    maybe we need to build weaving looms :-k
     
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    Hi, Gentlement, and Ladies,

    George, great stuff, Mate!! Thanks for sharing this, and if you are selling these, I’ll take “a few” from you!! If you are not mucking about with having Mrs. Kerophile do them, then I may go another way. IF she is, however, I’ll definitely support her efforts and place an order!!


    Sweet Bride is an excellent knitter, and she can do needle point, and crochet. I’ll ask her about this, and see what she thinks, depending on what @kerophile has up his sleeve!! Fun stuff, no matter how you slice it, right?!?!?!! Take care, and God Bless!

    Every Good Wish,
    Doc
     
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    @Doc Mark a neat exercise distraction during your recuparation knitting dishcloths. :D