(Update: A better picture of the final finally finished object at the bottom!)
There’s kind of a funny story behind this project.
Anna and I have talked about doing no less than three, THREE, knit-a-longs for just the two of us. The first one was Tomato (Ravel It). You may have noticed her Tomato tops (yes, she’s made more than one) while I completed a total of zero. Oh, I cast on with pretty blue yarn with the highest of hopes… and never really got beyond the 12th row. And I heard about that for months.
The second KAL was Green Gable (Ravel It). I said, yes! I need a springy top to knit! It will be perfect! It will go quickly! I will be loyal to this project! And Anna looked askance at me, knowing how not far I got into the Tomato. She started it and finished it within hours (it seemed). I? I worked up two swatches. And nothing more.
After the Green Gable debacle I thought Anna had lost all faith in my ability to actually cast on a project and actually see it through to the finish. I know I ceratinly had. This spring and summer really weren’t good for my knitting mojo, probably because I had bigger things on my mind. Such as the purchasing and moving into of a new house.
So when Anna came over to my house wanting to know how I had cut up t-shirts for my bathmat made many moons ago, I took it as a challenge. I had been collecting old t-shirts for a while and had been wanting to knit new rugs for the laundry room (it’s in the unfinished part of the basement, very concrete-y, very cold floors), and that was the day I started cutting them up to make THE NEW RAG RUG!
Of course, Anna finished her rug (Ravelry link) in about 10 seconds, and I took longer because I had to finish the Big Bad Baby Blanket for my friend’s new baby. But finally, FINALLY, here is my rag rug!
I used about 12 t-shirts in a variety of blues and greys and red. It’s loosely based on the log cabin pattern in Mason-Dixon Knitting (Ravelry Link), and it used size 17 needles. My Ravelry notes, including how I cut up the t-shirts, are here.
(I also have pictures of the finished baby blanket, but they’re not the greatest. For instance:
That pink just sears your eyeballs, doesn’t it? And you can’t even see the whole blanket in that picture. FO picture FAIL.)
Thank god for friends like Penny. She sent me this b/w version of my picture, so maybe you can see the textures and some of the tonal changes. And not have your retinas burned into the back of your skull.
But that rug is seriously delicious to stand on. I’m working out the color scheme for my next one, which should be done in about 4 years or so.