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Current Projects

Whoa.  It’s already been twenty days since my last post?!  Where does the time go?

I thought I’d drop by to at least mention my currently open (yarn-based) projects.

Oldest in the list is a cotton market bag.  Once I worked through some issues with the pattern, the bag worked up quickly, but then I got to the point where I needed to make the handle… and it got set aside… and (almost) forgotten.

Then we have my third knitting project– a pin cushion / knitting doo-dads cushion.  Again, I went through most of the project pretty quickly, but then I got to the point where I’d have to sew the pieces together… and it got set aside… and (not quite) forgotten.  (Hm.  I’m beginning to see a pattern here. (g))

New Knitting Project

At that point, I started another “secret project” (gift item).  I got pretty far in that one, and I was still enjoying it, too, but somehow I was sidetracked into afghans… Ah, yes. I think it was because we were forecast the first cold weather of the season, and I went into blanket-making mode.  Anyway, I wavered between the African flower motif and a v-stitch ripple, but the ripple won this time.

I’m using a free pattern from Bernat– the Eight Shades Ripple. There are currently only four Ravelry projects for the pattern, but I think it looks pretty nice, and it’s definitely fun, once you get going.  I will admit, those first two rows or so feel (and look, until you get another row or two crocheted) a little awkward, but before you know it, you have the pattern memorized and it’s smooth sailing.  I’m using ten shades, myself.  Here’s the only progress photo I’ve taken so far:

Square 20/31: Rippling

The afghan will be a long-term project. No rushing through this one! There are just too many other patterns I want to try, not to mention a few things I’d like to have done by Christmas. 

So, with those four projects already on the go– and at least a few still to start and finish in the next couple of months– naturally it was time to start something totally off the wall.  Off the wall and on the floor, as in a crocheted rag rug.  I’m making mine using strips of old t-shirts.  Actually, I’ve had these strips of fabric for quite a while.  I tried making a rug once before, some time ago, but didn’t stick with it past the first, more difficult bit. 

Square 23/31:  Rag Rug

It looks a little rough, up close like this, but I’m satisfied, considering it’s my first rug. I think this will go in the laundry room, where Molly (our cocker spaniel) spends most of her time. She likes blankets, towels, and doggy beds, so a raggedy rug will be right up her alley. ;o)

I already have plans to make a large basket/bowl using the same technique (raggy strips of t-shirts and a large crochet hook).  Maybe something to hold yarn… or dog toys… I recently went through my clothes and pulled out enough no-longer-wearable t-shirts to keep me busy for a while.

If you’re interested in crocheting a rug, I’ve read that you can use strips of any fabric you like.  Denim, old sheets, even fabric right off the bolt (though that might get expensive).  The most time-consuming part of the process is cutting the shirts.  (I prefer this method, though there are other ways.)  Unless you are super-human, your hands will probably get tired crocheting a rug.  At least, mine do, so far.  Like any crochet project, getting started is the hardest part.

Well, I think that’s it for current projects.  There are still a couple of completed projects that I’ve yet to blog, so far as I can recall.  I plan to post about them soon.  :o)


I’m Michael (a female Michael, to remove any doubt).  I live on the Alabama Gulf Coast with my husband, Donald, and our crazy American Eskimo Dogs. 

I love to fill my spare time with various crafts and other hobbies, and this blog is where I share photos, record my progress, and ramble endlessly.

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