Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yarn Along {Rag Rug}

Last week I posted here about these incredible balls of scrap feed-sack fabric that I found at a thrift shop. I knew immediately that I wanted to use them for a rag rug, but I wasn't sure which technique to use...crochet, or the old toothbrush knot method.

After unrolling it and playing with it a bit I decided to go with crochet. Whoever made these strips not only too the time to sew them all together, but they also ironed them into bias tape.

 I have perfect, uniform, narrow strips to work with, which is crocheting up really nicely. I'm nearly through the first ball now, and I have a rug a bit larger than a place mat.  
I'm not aiming for anything massive, just something sweet for Lotte to sit on in her room someday when she's naughty. (Never!)

I meant to take some closer photos of the different fabrics that keep showing up in this ball, it's one treat after the other. They remind me so much of old house dresses and aprons.
 I can almost smell them drying on the clothesline on a warm summer day.
I'll be sure to take a few close ups for next week.

I haven't done a lot of *pleasure* {novel} reading these last couple of weeks, but have been looking through old recipe books and "Chick Days". -okay, for me, this IS pleasure reading! 

We're planning our coop and/or tractor for next year, and I thought it would be fun for the boys to read about it before we go ahead. The boys each have a few requests for different breeds, so we'll have to narrow it down just a bit.
We know we want some good egg layers, and I've always had a soft spot for the Rhode Island Red Hens.
I want to give them fun, silly names like Nellie, Agatha and Tess. Mark insists that their last names will be : Rotisserie, Teriyaki, and Cordon Bleu.  I think he's counting on actually eating some of our chickens rather than housing them all through the winter. Should I tell him that tough old hens don't make the most delicious chickens?

The man is tenderhearted, i'm sure he'll fall in love with them and won't be able to actually eat our back yard pets. *fingers crossed.*

Joining Ginny this week in Yarn Along :)


  1. i would love that rag yarn for a bag!

    1. As I was making it I was thinking just that...or even a giant, stiff coffee table bowl...

  2. What a clever idea! I think whoever created the strips will love that they are being made into something beautiful :)

  3. I can't wait to see more of that rug! I crocheted a rag rug earlier this year, and it was such a satisfying project!

  4. I will look forward to seeing a picture of that rag rug when you are finished. Love the names you are going to give the fun. Enjoy the rest of the week.

  5. hee. ours are named: snow white, fatty, lily, blackie, puffy cheeks and I forget the other one, you'd have to ask one of my daughters...
    we also have two ducks both named "1,2 duckie time" (yes, that is correct.)
    love what you've decided to do with the "yarn"

    1. Haha, I love their names, especially the ducks! Where oh where do kids come up with this sort of thing? My boys named their fish "rough n' tough", and their bird, "chirpy". (so original, I know.)

  6. Your rag rug is going to be just beautiful. I have been saving strips to make one here, but still have a little ways to go.
    I have RI Reds and love them. Well, I love the girls, the rooster not so much! They really are good layers.

  7. I've always wanted to make a rag rug- can't wait to see how it comes together!

  8. LOVE IT!!! How many yards did you use and how big is the rug? Thanks

    1. You know what? I don't know exactly how many yards were used...the fabric was already ripped and balled for me. (lucky me!) It turned out to be about 3'x4' though.
      I'm planning on doing a tutorial though within the next few weeks, maybe i'll have a better idea of it then:)