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The Knitted Rug March 18, 2011

Back in August 2010 I received “The Knitted Rug” by Donna Druchunas for my birthday. I was super excited, because I’ve wanted this book forever.  Since I suffer from knitting ADD I immediately got started.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to have yarns in my stash that were gifted to me or that I bought in a moment of knitting weakness and now wonder what I will ever want to do with them. My conclusion was I would turn them into a rug.

I searched through the book and fell in love with the spiral rug. This rug violates several of my knitting rules, 1) It requires a copious amount of seaming, 2) It is rather boring, just garter forever, 3) It is a lot of knitting – Evidence against a lot of knitting a) I’ve never even knit an afghan, b) After my last baby blanket I swore never again, c) I often get bored knitting a scarf, d) I haven’t finished a sweater in years.  Despite this I decided this was the rug for me.

Fast forward to February 2011 and I’m finally done.

 

All spiraled out. The knitted strip for this rug is 97 feet and 2 inches long!

Well, sort of done. At this point I’ve finished knitting and weaving in ends (done after the picture was taken). But that still leaves the seaming. However, I’ve managed to pull a rabbit out of the knitting bag! I now have 24-hour access to a sewer who has agreed to seam this rug! Hallelujah! Knitting miracles do exist!

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with this rug. It used up a lot of yarn that I wouldn’t otherwise use. It is machine washable. It’s really bright, which works, because I have a painting that it coordinates with perfectly. And I also think it’ll work well with the pillows we just made for the TV room.

I will try to remember to post a finished picture once it’s seamed. It will be slightly different from its currently layout. The pattern calls for wool and a lot of blocking to get the center to lay flat, but, since I wanted to do some stash busting and be able to wash the rug, I didn’t use wool. So, I imagine the center won’t lay flat. You can see how ruffly it is. To combat this I decided to knit a center strip and we’re going to seam it as an oval. Hopefully, it’ll look cool. Fingers crossed.

Have you ever knit a rug? How did it turn out? And has it proved durable?

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Portable Knitting October 14, 2010

One of the many wonderful things about knitting is how portable it is!  You can do it in the car (not while driving, I hope), in a plane, on a train, in a boat, near a moat, at the bank, while talking to Frank – well, you get the picture.  But, let’s face it, some projects are more portable than others.

And thus, as my hubster and I readied for the annual take Mom to the airport journey, I stood in the darkened living room, sunrise not yet even a consideration, and wondered aloud what project I should take with me – it is at least a four hour round trip from Ely, Cambridgeshire to Heathrow Airport, London.  Four hours of prime knitting time, especially since I got my knitting headlight. (Thank you, Aunt Lynn!)

 

For successful nighttime knitting try a knitting headlight!

 

I wanted plain knitting; I am not a morning person and can’t handle complex knitting before sunrise.  So, I decided to bring my spiralling circle of knitting goodness, otherwise known as my future rug.  It’s knit in one long strip that is later (and I am so not looking forward to this part) seamed in a spiral.

 

It's coming along in its spiralling way.

 

But, how to get make this mass of knitting portable?  Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

Bagged up and ready to go.

 

In the end it took two messenger bags and I rode with my knees under my jaw, but it was worth it. 😉