|Baby quilt made for my niece Mia, in 2011.|
|Shakespeare Shrine made for pinkleo in the Shrine Swap on Craftster, 2013|
|Rag Rug made for Abbeeroad in the IYP Swap - Round 26 on Craftster|
I picked up this beautiful rug pattern from ATERG Crochet on Etsy, then headed out to Joann's to pick up some tee shirt yarn. Only to discover that no one in the US carries it anymore! I remember seeing it in all the craft stores a year or two ago, and there are plenty of books out with patterns to make with it, and yet there seems to be no yarn to be had! For those of you who aren't familiar with it, it is a super bulky yarn, made from the remnants of cotton jersey. The pattern calls for six 130 yard cones of yarn (4 of various colors, and 2 cones of neutral). I quickly discovered that while you can order individual spools from Lion Brand for $9 each, you are unable to choose colors in any way, and just have to like whatever they happen to choose to send you! Thanks Lion Brand.
|Brescia print from Ganxxet on Etsy|
After I came to the realization that I just couldn't afford to buy more yarn, I decided to make my own with this tutorial, in coordinating shades of blue and black. I picked up some classic rib knit from Joanns, which was on sale for 50% off. I bought 2.5 yards of black and 1 yard of blue, which came to just $15, and spent a couple of hours slicing, stretching and rolling it. The very slight rib in the knit became more pronounced when it was turned into yarn, but I like the variation in texture that it offered.
The entire pattern is 32 rounds and should measure 4' across when completed. I've finished 18 rounds, and it is currently 30" wide. Since I've officially run out of the Brescia print, and am nearly out of the blue, I'm unsure if I'm going to do the entire 32 rounds, or if I might stop around 25 or so. As of right now, I'm worried about it being able to fit in a flat rate box to ship to the UK. After another round or so I'm going to have to start making box checks each time I complete a row to be sure it will fit!