Rugs and Washcloths: Monthly Projects: January

In a desperate attempt to make my crafting more productive I have come up with some, reasonable goals.

One of those goals is to make more things for myself/my family. Do you ever find that while you love creating and crafting and giving, often times you are only doing things for other people? I have been knitting for over 4 years now and sewing for about 3 and have only made myself a small handful of things. My house doesn’t have much to show either.

That is not very eco-friendly or sustainable. So this year I have decided to make at least two things every month that is just for the house. Here is where the creative part drops off. I will only be making rugs and wash cloths. One for each month. We live in a house with only wood floors and we have three rugs. Well, now four. Also, we are running out of wash cloths.

For January’s rug, I finished up a rug I had been working on for almost a year.

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It is a super simple pattern, K3, P3 and vice versa on the other side. However there are a few challenges, that made this easy project not so easy.

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It is made using cotton yarn and to make it super strong you knit two strands of the yarn.

This makes the rug strong, but the project heavy. About 5 inches into it my wrist started cracking. I had to get the special bright blue knitting gloves to wear while I worked on the project.

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The other challenge was the yarn. I really wanted to use this recycled cotton yarn I had found, but of course I couldn’t find enough, so instead of thinking ahead and altering the pattern, I went with the general directions. Thus giving me a square rug, with a dual color bind off.

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes.

At least this rug is done and our kitchen finally has one rug. On to bigger and better rugs.

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The wash cloth I did for January was a snowflake pattern I had found on ravelry. It is a free download and super easy. Here is the pattern from the Life is Good blog.

The shape is a bit different then I was expecting.

There you have it, January’s projects.

In other news. Here is what the snug and I spent our afternoon making.

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A solar system out of felt! All the felt is glued down. You take little balls and cover them with foil, then add velcro and WHAM! A super space meteor game!

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I love eco-felt! Look at all the happy information on that label!

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Also, here is a terrible picture of what we had for dinner. It is still Mardi Gras season, but I figured we could try to get a jump-start on Lenten season.

Happy Crafting!!

 

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5 responses to “Rugs and Washcloths: Monthly Projects: January

  1. I admire your ‘craftiness’.

  2. I know that feeling, that sometimes I look around me and wish I had more of my makings in use in our house. So, yes you should make lovely things for your home – looking forward to seeing pix of them on your blog too!

    • Thank you, I am so excited to do it!!! I used to think it was so selfish, because it would take precious time to make things and when I wasn’t making things for other people it felt wrong, like I was wasting time. Now though, I have completely stopped buying things that I could make, and am using my money and resources to make those things instead, i.e. rugs and washcloths. I hope you get a chance to make more things for your home!

      • Thank you – I’m certainly going to try and make some more time. I’ve just got a few projects for a friend and my mum to finish off, and then I’m going to make a start. Going to be a table cloth or re-covering our old eiderdowns. Happy making to you!

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