Wednesday, June 22, 2011

yarn along: little lace and big lace

I am still going strong on my Audrey cardigan. The Shetland lace turned out to be simple (and fun) to make. I knitted the lace section while K and I watched The Wire (season 3), and I didn't get nearly as much knitting done because I couldn't stop watching the show. Now I'm working on the back and wondering just how long sleeves are going to take me. I'm guessing longer than I'd like. 

I just started reading Lee Smith's latest collection of short stories Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger. Smith's stories of people in the South make me appreciate the daily-ness of life and the incredible characters who live here. I read her writing when I lived abroad to feel closer to home (Wendell Berry, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Barbara Kingsolver were also on my abroad reading list). 

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rope doily rug preview

Yesterday I stopped in at the hardware store and asked where the rope section was. "What do you need rope for?" the man behind the counter asked. "Oh, I'm just making a rug," I said. Hardware stores make me nervous because I never feel handy enough to be in them. The man showed me the rope section and pointed out cotton and sisal ones that might be good for rug-making. Maybe I'm not the first to come in about a rug. I didn't mention I was crocheting a doily rug, though. I ended up buying fifty feet of cotton clothesline, which you can see didn't get me very far. I'll get more today so that I can finish this rope doily rug. It's going to be my bathmat. I plan on making a tutorial for this when I'm through. 


  1. Making a rug out of rope sounds like a great idea...I can't wait to see the final project. It reminds me of a plant hanger I made when I was a teen with hemp rope. I LOVE your new bicycle with flower photo on the header!

  2. What a fabulous idea! I never would have thought to use rope. I'll eagerly await your tutorial.
    -- Jodi

  3. Looking forward to watching your rug progress. I feel the same way about hardware stores. Good luck with your sweater, it looks really pretty so far. :-)

  4. That doily rug made from rope sounds absolutely awesome! I can't wait to see your progress :)
    I never thought of it or seen one.
    I have been wanting to make a rag rug and have been collecting fabric but the more I collect I think the less likely I'll make one I don't know it's something about cutting the strips, knots and crochetting. I think rope rugs are more up my alley. Can't wait to see yours.

  5. Barbara Kingsolver is on my list of summer reads.

  6. Can't wait to see your rug! It looks beautiful. I was feeling awkward in a hardware store yesterday myself. :)

  7. Congratulations on winning some of my buttons!~ I KNOW You will do something with them. :)

  8. I can't wait to see the tutorial. I would LOVE one of those!

  9. I have wanted a doily rug for so long, can't wait for your tutorial! I think I'll put a rug on the top of my to-do list this summer!

  10. I'm dying to see how your rug turns out.

    I'm wondering if doubling up on twine would work as well.

  11. I love the idea of that bathmat! I tried knitting with twine once to make a shoe sole, but it hurt my hands to use it. I think a nice open crochet project would be much more fun :)

  12. I'm in love with these projects and will be stalking your blog for that tutorial...

    Unrelated: canning party in July? My family experimented with mulberry jelly last week (post to follow), and also my pepper plants are crazy prolific and need to be made into relish, jelly and pickles. :)

  13. i've always wanted to make a big crocheted rug/mat, but my problem is the hook, what size is yours, and where did you find it?


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