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It is done...

A toilet paper roll cover that looks like, well, a roll of toilet paper

I've finished it, written up a pattern of sorts, and posted it to Ravelry.

A little kitsch is good for the soul, right?



Jan. 5th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Inspiration comes in many forms
In my first bathroom, I had no room for anything like this. Not even the toilet tank top, because there was none. The toilet was an institutional-style one, with the pipe coming directly from the wall. All supplies were in the closet. If the toilet roll was getting low, I propped a fresh one on the towel bar. It wasn't all that stable, but since no one ever visited, it worked well enough.

Second bathroom, I had plenty of room, and lots of storage space in the cabinet under the sink. Easily reachable when on the throne.

In this bathroom, I have almost no room. Spare toilet paper is stored in the closet. And... If someone ran out of toilet paper while on the pot, they'd be out of luck. So I wanted to keep a roll in the bathroom, but where? This bathroom does have a toilet tank, so that would work, but the idea of letting a roll of paper sit out and get dusty was not thrilling.

OTOH, I didn't really want to hide the toilet paper. Just protect it from dust. And when I thought about it, I realized that some of my likely visitors are fairly literal-minded. Specifically, my father and my brother. If I do too good a job dressing up a roll of toilet paper as something else, they're likely not to recognize it as such if and when they need it.

(I could just envision the conversation:
"Denise?!? I need some toilet paper!"
"Can you turn around and see the doll on the tank?"
"Um, yeah?"
"That's the extra toilet paper."
"Oh. Okay."
"You know... I was wondering why you had a doll in your bathroom.")

So in the interests of sanity, it had to be something that would be easily identifiable as toilet paper. That left a linen doily (embroidered with the words "Here be toilet paper"), or a cover that actually looked like a roll of paper.

Or I could just have been bored. Idle hands, devil's workshop. That sort of thing.
Jan. 6th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
Now it all makes sense. I just cover them with the plastic bag they came in. :-/

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