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Monday, 28 November 2011

We brought a rug instead....

A bit of a cop out really... i was looking forward to making a rug but once we saw the one we brought for such a good price it seemed like the best option as we are going to be stretched for time over Christmas! Too much to do and not enough time to do it!!
Just need to tidy up now
It's not even red!! At least it has a bit of red on it though to tie in the curtains! It actually looks really good.
I am going to have to find another Christmas project now.. maybe finish my pair of socks! Thats probably sensible.

We also put our first Christmas tree up over the weekend. Early I know but there is method in our madness!!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

One sock down, one to go!

So I have spent this weekend finishing off my sock. I am soo proud of myself!! Only problem is you need two socks to make a pair!

O well, back to writing my dissertation :( one day i may have a pair!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Final rug idea...

After hours and hours of internet searching i have finally decided that I want to make a shaggy rag rug... It was mums idea but tostart with I didn't understand the appeal of a'rag rug' as she put it.. When I googled this the results i got was something along the line with this....
Although this is a very nice rug in itself this isn't really what i had in mind... The 'said' rug is destined to be in my lounge, in front of the fire and act as a cosy alternative the the wooden flooring around it!
In this photo you can see the rug that is there at the moment. Although it is a very nice rug which has served us well, its colour is very impractical as it is very large and the room it now resides in is very small. This would be fine apart from the fact that our front door opens straight into the room which means we (however hard we try not to) end up bringing in the dirtyness out outdoors straight in onto it!! A NIGHTMARE for cleaning! In fact, I am not sure if it will ever go completly back to its creamy colour! Such a shame.

Anyway, this leads me on the the final choice in rug...
Isn't it just adorable?!!! I love it.... ok so I wont be having those colours but I can imagine this will be sooo snuggley under toe! As shown in the post before i plan for it to be red to match the curtains.. However bevause it is basically made out from small strips of material tied to a rug canvas, there is no point in spending loads on a intricate fabric. As long as it is the right shade, maybe with a bit of variation, ill be quite happy!

The best part is that it can go in the washing machine!!!!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Christmas Project?

Ahh now i am back in uni it is impossible to do anything for myself... i have one toeless sock in process and another whole sock to knit; it's been like that since september!! It's sooo fustrating!!

Anyway... I asked my mother dearest for a new rug for Christmas. After looking at hundreds online we have decided they are either far too expensive, not the right size (mostly both) or not very nice so here comes the project... Making a 6ft x 6ft rug in two weeks!

Knitted rugs seemed like a very good idea to start with...
They look pretty cool but i was worried about it not lasing as we would be using it every day! I didn't want it to go all bobbley!

So what else could we have done? I considered those 'latch hook' rug kits with all the little bits of wool... but this would have taken FOREVER.... then i wondered about a nice tapestry rug.. but then i remembered how long it took mum to do her William Morris rug... about 10 years!! It's identical to this one...
And hanging on the lounge wall!!!

Then it hit me.... a quilted rug!! Last christmas my project was a quilted bag which i had so much fun making so this seems like the perfect solution.

Mum made a quilt (for the bed) out of very similar fabric which has given me inspirartion for the rug... although i lave been looking around on Ebay for different fabrics and have found some really nice patches in the right colour to match in with my curtains.But i fear that they may be a bit old looking, but then i do live in a cottage hundreds of years old so actually it might look the part!
Lets get a mood board going here....
This one is a bit more funky and new but i can't really see it working very well
However i can strangely see this one working well!
 I really like this one too but I think this will be a bit much for a rug!

I feel this is enough to be going on with for now, specially as mum just pointed out to me that the material will need to be more hard wearing than your average! A bit like the first two samples shown! Oh well, an excuse to go shopping very shortly!

Until next time..!