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WIP Wednesday

DIY rag rug in progressstart date: 20 February 2015
elapsed time: five days
completeness: 25%

When you live in the Pacific Northwest, you live in mud and pine needles.

No amount of scraping and shuffling will change the fact that whatever floor surface in your home is proximal to the entrance needs daily cleaning.  You can have a barefoot house and still have this problem, because it’s not like you can expect people to leave their shoes outside in the rain.

Enter rag rugs.

half circle rag rug in progress

This is my first-ever rag rug, and it’s destined for the double-door entry onto the bathroom (which is seriously my favorite feature of this house– I can bring my small children directly from the backyard to the bathtub without reminding them not to touch anything, you guys!).  I’m still not totally sure that the half-circle shape will work, but I figure that once I’ve got it big enough, I can just crochet around the edges to hide irregularities.

I spent all of last weekend cutting the strips and sewing them back together, and I’ve been making slow-but-steady progress on the braiding and sewing together since then.  I’d like to be done before March, because I would like to spend those last few weeks of winter/first few weeks of spring doing some knitting, but so far I’m too easily bored by the braiding to make much progress on that kind of timescale.  Fingers crossed.

rag rug and fabric strips waiting to be joined

These strips used to be two of Robert’s middle school t-shirts, one of my college t-shirts, a pair of Robert’s boxers and whatever was left of two pairs of his pajama pants after I made some clothes for my plaid-obsessed 5-year-old from them.  Not a bad trade, really.

WIP Wednesday

IMG_2153start date:  June 2012
elapsed time:  2 years, 2 months
completeness:  10%

I’m on a mission from god.

Actually I’m an atheist, and nobody sent me to do this, but I do like the Blues Brothers.


I’m on a mission to finish up my bin of works-in-progress.  Some of the things in this bin are just a few pattern pieces, some of them are half-sewn, some of them are waiting on a supply or a flash of inspiration I haven’t gotten yet, some of them are just waiting for me to have the time to get around to them.


Last night I had a dream about these potholders.  This is what my life has become.  It wasn’t much of a dream, I admit; it basically ran “Adding finger pockets to those potholders would be nice.”

And I am liking the results so far.




The pattern is my own, the fabrics are from the scrap bin so I don’t remember what they are (except that the mustard yellow is upcycled from a couch we used to have, and the whales are Robert Kaufman), and the batting is Insul-brite.