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on monday i wrote about how to make yarn out of old t-shirts. but i didn’t want to reveal what i made with this special yarn until i was done. yesterday i finished it. what is it?
a rug for the bathroom! i’d wanted to make a bathrug for a while because the two we have get dirty after about two minutes, but i didn’t feel like buying another. i saw a bunch of tutorials with different techniques, not only on blogs and craft websites, but also in various books that i’ve recently bought (a few of which i reviewed here). but in the end i decided to do it a là me, obviously improvising the whole time.
i used 13 mm knitting needles (the biggest ones there were in the little craft shop near my apartment) and i cast on as many stitches as fit on them (44). i only knitted to make garter stitch. seeing as i ended up using a total of 14 t-shirts of 13 different colors (2 were black), i decided to do stripes. a lot of tutorials i saw mentioned being able to use both sides of the rugs, but i suggest making only one good side. stripes done with garter stitch look weird on one side, a look i don’t particularly appreciate, though someone else just might. i also suggest knitting an even number of rows in each color so that the ugly part of the change in colors stays on one side. at first i tried doing 6 rows in each color at a time, but i soon realized that each t-shirt only provided so much yarn, so some rows i ended up doing only 2 or 4 or even 8 rows.
i’m pretty happy with the end result and the rug has a sort of massaging effect on bare feet which is pretty nice! the stitches aren’t exactly perfectly even, but it’s pretty much impossible to make them regular because of all the seams in the t-shirts. but i think it makes for an interesting aesthetic effect. what do you think?
my daughter got a kick out of the fact that i was taking pictures in the bathroom and asked me to take a picture of her new toothbrush with a face and suction cup feet. so this picture is for her. oh, and i now noticed that you can also see my coke bottle soap dispenser back there too.
have a great weekend!