Well, after a mad & crazy weekend which was full of redecorating, art exhibits, overseeing homework and visits to emergency (all fine!), I was happy to see Monday roll around at last.
I've finally been able to spend the last two nights working at my knitted rug, and have finished weaving in all the ends. I am so pleased with how this turned out!!
It's a very decent size, measuring 25" x 30". As I mentioned before, I knit this using very chunky pure wool from my mother's stash. The wool is quite rough and I couldn't think what else to make with it ... not soft enough for anything you'd want to wear. It's absolutely perfect for a rug because of the thickness. I'm sure it will wear well too.
I knit it with size 12mm needles using a double strand of wool throughout. One of the balls of wool was white with brown twisted into it. I liked the effect this gave when I combined it with a solid colour.
It really makes the rug look like an old-fashioned braided rug.
And it's so springy and soft under your feet. I'd like to put it in the kitchen for some comfort on the floor ... I just can't bear to see it getting full of crumbs and dog hair. So I'll put it in the bathroom beside the tub, and it'll give the bathroom a nice bit of warmth :)
I've also been working on some comfort dolls (I provided links about these dolls in this post), and have got this much done so far ...
Three dolls, one complete, and two still needing their faces embroidered. I do not like embroidering on knitted fabric. The face I did on the little guy on the right was done with wool, but I think I'll try embroidery floss next to see if I can make a better job of it. I'm enjoying knitting them up a bit differently each time to see what various features can be highlighted.
I didn't like how the feet turned out on the first two dolls I made, so with the third one (striped hat) I started off with fewer stitches at the toe, and then increased a few stitches each round. I like how that turned out. You can see the difference in the feet below.
I knit these dolls in the round to avoid having to stitch them up later. There's already enough fussy work weaving in the ends each time you change colours of yarn.
I have finished painting the walls in my daughter's room, but there's some leaks of aqua on the white trim which need to be touched up next ... I'll post a "reveal" when that gets done.
Have a Safe & Happy Halloween with your little guys tomorrow night! This morning after I dropped my son off at school, I watched as someone who was too anxious to get to work and wasn't paying attention, hit a young teen crossing the street at a busy intersection. I don't know what the driver of the van was thinking, but he was clearly at fault. Luckily, the boy was not hurt as the van barely touched him ... it was really the kid who saved himself by leaping sideways away from the van ... but still, it's one of those moments you hope you never have. So stay alert if you're driving tomorrow night with all those kids out trick or treating.
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