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A Fantastic New Craft – My Freeform Crocheted Carpet Project

Freeform Carpet

It all started when I was sorting my wool the other day. I love how a bunch of wool can create a whole chain of thought and inspiration!

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I’ve got tons of textured yarns which I’ve accumulated over the years and lots of basic acrylics that I use for blankets and toys. I had the idea to create an area rug for my son with various textured yarns held double with a strand of the base acrylics (worsted weight) in all the shades of beige that I had in my stash. The flat/untufted areas are base acrylic held with a strand of cone cotton and strand of cone rayon with a golden sparkle to it – each about fingering weight or less. It compliments the sparkle in the main ‘bling bling’ yarn I’ve used for texture. It’s the multicolour found in all the circles – pictures just don’t do it justice.

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I had so much fun with this I’m planning to invest in some rug yarns to try to make a more durable/long lasting rug. This one is tightly crocheted and seems strong but it is just blanket strength acrylic I’ve used so I can’t wait to see what I can create with real rug wool and my tufted texture yarns! It will take away the machine wash option though if I decide to go with wool rug yarn (and I’m leaning to that option – seeing a guy with a factory full of partial cones which he needs to clear out later on today and there are a few different materials to choose from).

We all knew I needed a new hobby, seeing as I have nothing to do lol 🙂

Oh wow, almost forgot to post this pic…

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It’s my new Polonaise! Yes, finally, I have been blessed with the one wheel I’ve wanted forever-since-I-thought-of-spinning!! A totally excellent early Christmas present 🙂

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She spins like a dream and is just beautiful. The lady I purchased her from was excellent and her husband was even kind enough to deliver the wheel.

And a very cute grandson pic…he loves to jump!

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So Far…

The blanket – so far…

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The rug – so far…

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The felted bag – so far…

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It seems that I’m on a whole ‘hearts and flowers’ kick, lol. I guess I am 🙂

The same thing in three different crafts is kind of interesting.

I got sick of my hair the other day so I let my girls (17 and 14) cut it. Perhaps a brave move but they did a fine job. Now I have a long bob type style and I like it much better. This was their first try at hair cutting, lol, they were nervous too. It was almost to the small of my back but the ends were very dry so it feels much nicer now. They did it in thin layers, starting at the nape of the neck, making each layer slightly longer than the last.

My husband is taking the kids to some car racing today so I may work on the crochet some more – it’s the closest to being done. Yeah, that and the laundry that seems to have doubled since yesterday…kids are mysterious creatures with the power of neverending laundry 🙂

Have a great day 🙂

Progress!

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Here’s a close-up…

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And a full size picture…which I dislike because the flash kind of washed out the colours…

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I’ve decided to make this a full blanket/rug size…I think it would be beautiful on top of a bed or as a couch blanket. I’m using a tight enough guage it would work really well as a carpet too. I think I’m about a quarter of the way finished, so far 🙂

I think I spend more time looking and feeling it than I do crocheting, lol. It’s so cozy and I love the texture created with all the different yarns combined! One of my favorite stash busters yet 🙂

Still Playing With Colour :)

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A little nicer looking when it’s laying down flat!

I’m still working on this, and will be for a few days at least 🙂

My tooth (teeth?) is acting up again…the advil and the antibiotic isn’t totally helping anymore…ugh! I really really really hate the whole situation. I guess I shall have to have it dealt with very soon.

Plans for the weekend are pretty much all about the knitting…the husband has to work all weekend and it’s me and my son as the girls have all gone away. I’ll have to get him to work on his needle punching so he doesn’t feel left out OR end up literally glued to that video game system of his!

Cotton Stashbuster…

aka another distraction! 🙂

I’ve started another great stashbuster! It’s to use up a lot of cotton yarn I have and was inspired by the ballband dishcloth which I made the other day…

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It’s about 28 to 30 inches wide and I’m thinking it should be about 40 to 48 inches long…I’m thinking it will make a great kitchen/front door (NOT for shoes)/bath mat. OR, lol, it would make an excellent towel though my daughter says that’s not a good idea. She says people won’t see it enough if it’s a towel…she says it’s too nice to be a towel. Love that girl 🙂

I’m switching between a few different mixed colour yarns, trying to go for a woven fabric look. It’s taking a lot of knitting, lol, but it’s very satisfying watching it grow 🙂

The son’s sweater is still on hold…but still on the go! He mentions it every couple of days, lol, I think he may be getting a little worried. The ‘childs socks’ are also just on hold and I hope to finish them up soon.

I haven’t spun for DAYS…a little shocking to me as well…

In fact, I didn’t even knit a stitch yesterday…instead I read a book, a totally strange day but I just wasn’t in the fibre-y mood at all. We got a fantastic cot for our porch (free, at the side of the road, on that day when people around here trade useful objects) and I laid on that and just relaxed. It was awesome, actually.

Ah, and the kids and I transplanted our little veggie garden – a patio garden because I’m not interested in amending the gardens around this house since we’re only renting and they are in horrible shape, more forest than garden. We have peppers, tomatoes, peas and more peas. We love peas and fresh peas are near impossible to buy. I think as long as we fertilize often we should be fine…

The sun is finally shining here so today says ‘laundry’ to me…because we always use the line to dry it’s a dance with the weather on a constant basis….and the weather gets to lead, lol.

Enjoy your day!

Finished ‘Think Spring’ Rug…

on time for my daughter’s birthday even!

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I gave it to her last night…she says it really brightens up her room and I agree! 

Pattern:  Flower Power rug by Bernat/Lily

Available:  Free on the www.bernat.com site with membership

Materials:  Odds and ends of handicrafter cotton gifted to me.  I didn’t worry about colour really, just wanted a mix of everything.  Brings me back to my years of quilting 🙂

Size:  The pattern calls for 12 blocks.  Mine is 72 blocks about 6.5 inches each.  About 52×60 (roughly)  A nice size for her room 🙂

Now to figure out what to do!  LOL.  I could finish the modern lace henley OR the frost flowers and leaves shawl OR the oak leaves pullover for my mom.  Oh yeah….OR I could return to my new love and spin!

I think I want a spinning wheel so I’m researching like crazy at the moment.  Learning the language, so to speak.  Ratios and flyers and bearings and whatnot…a lot of new things to understand before I feel I know what I’m buying.  My heart is so far set on the Kromski Mazurka…a BEAUTIFUL thing it is.  My dh has his eye on another of the Kromski’s for me (he likes to buy me nice toys…) but I really think the Mazurka does everything almost the same for like 200 dollars less. 

LOL…I wonder how much wool one must spin before one reclaims the cost of the tools!  Ok, lets not…this counts as entertainment right?!

What’s Up…

Good morning 🙂

 Yeah, I’ve been post-slacking these last couple of days.  I was seduced by a crochet project, lol.

This….

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It’s the “Flower Power Rug” by Bernat using Handicrafter Cottons in various colours.  The pattern is available for free at www.bernat.com if you join!

I have no set amount of blocks in mind.  It’ll be a judgement call.  I do want it to be large enough to fill the centre of my daughter’s floor.  She is going to be 14 later this month and I think she’ll love it!

So — I’ll be the lady crocheting like mad between now and then!!

I love crochet but there are so few things I want to make using it, lol.  It also gets to my wrist after a while.  I crochet a while, sew the blocks a while…it helps me not hurt myself.

I am so getting ahead of myself — too many things on the go.   It’ll be a whole lot of finishing up after this, REALLY 😉

In Puppy News…No puppies yet. 

I think it will be any time within the next 7 days…think being the operative word.  Of course I could be wrong.  She’s still resting a lot and not showing any signs of labour yet.  Her milk is starting to come in but she’s not to the point of leaking or anything.  I’m watching her closely!