I took 12 of my jumbo potholders and stitched them together into this rug, which I’m currently using as a bathmat. Strangely, I haven’t had enough of potholders. I’m right on the edge of plunging in and buying 10 pounds of loopers!
I’ll have a giant stack of potholders when all is said and done, or perhaps I’ll stitch them together and make a rug.
Either way, I’m having so much fun weaving.
I haven’t been blogging–or knitting–very much lately, but just recently I’ve become interested in small, handheld looms, like the Weave-Its on the Eloomanation site. With them, you weave small squares, and if my eyes aren’t dececiving me, you can actually make a vast array of woven creations with them. (I’m hankering to make a hat, like the one in this PDF pattern book from 1936.)
Because it’s fairly hard to get a 4″x4″ loom (they were popular in the 1930s and ’40s) unless you’re willing to bid on ebay, I decided to start off cheaply by buying a potholder loom from Wal-mart. You remember these guys. We all probably tried to make potholders with those nylon loops when we were children. But, instead of using the loops that came with my $5 plastic loom, I followed the tutorial by Noreen Crone-Findlay that is posted on Youtube (part 1 and part 2).
Making one square takes about 15 minutes. I chose some Moda Dea yarn, wove about ten squares, and then sewed them together. I highly suggest reading up on sewing techniques because I didn’t, and my seams are a little clunky. Oh well, live and learn.
The result is a pretty nifty scarf, if I do say so myself.