Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Spool Knit Rug
Earlier this month I came across my favorite Lily's Sugar'n Cream color way on sale, so I bought 10 skeins of it. Since our basement had a small flood, I wanted to have a nice rug that could hold up to another flood. This was the perfect yarn for that. I usually use it to make dishcloths, so it is absorbent and washable. I took out my spool knitter and used the larger of the 2 inserts, then I started knitting my rug. I plan on machine sewing it in an oval spiral using a zig zag stitch. I just started my 4th skein of yarn last night. While on vacation, I went through 2 1/2 skeins. The 2nd skein I used up in a single day. Now when making this, the cord (knitted yarn) gets very twisted. The easiest way to get it untwisted is to make a hank with the knitted cord, then hold it up and let it untwist itself. You can see my hank in the picture. I plan on using all 10 skeins before sewing it into a rug. I highly recommend this spool knitter (link above) over other spool knitters. I was working on this at my quilt guild last Monday, and a few of the ladies said that they planned on buying one after seeing how much easier this one is to use.
This is also a good way to use up left over skeins of yarn. You can make a multicolored / multi-yarn rug like this. I have also made matching hot pads with left over dishcloth skeins. The picture above is a hot pad that I made out of 3 leftover skeins. After washing it, it was no longer flat. All I had to do was spray it with some water and iron it flat again.