It’s storming outside. In January.
Even more than snow, rain makes me want to curl up with a good book or a cozy project, and so it seems appropriate today to share a knitted rug. Even though this throw rug didn’t become anything beautiful, there’s a certain charm in its imperfections. Its knottiness and uneven stitching are nice to walk over and the spring in the knit cotton is soothing.
Plus, it’s made from t-shirts. My collection of old t-shirts constantly needs to be thinned. I cut them up and use them for dusting, dishes and as mop pads. I make dog toys out of them and market bags. But still my collection seems to grow.
Because I like to give things the chance to live as many lives possible, I found a few t-shirts in my stash with colors that seemed to work together and spent a few evenings mindlessly making t-shirt yarn. Then I spent another few evenings knitting up squares and rectangles in all sizes and colors, using whatever type of stitch seemed like fun. And the good thing about using squares and rectangles is that, like a game of Tetris, this rug just kind of fell into place. And what didn’t fall perfectly in line, I stretched.
Like I said, totally imperfect, but isn’t it sometimes nice to see that something was made by hand?