Kinda meh

Yesterday’s snowfall was pretty, but hard to clean up. I am really tired today from all the shoveling. Carol E of Giraffe Dreams has good photos of the snowstorm if you want to see.

Now, the recently completed project that was just meh? It’s a rug.

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It does have some good attributes, so I decided to blog about it.

The textured stitch pattern was what was attracted me to the pattern. That, and Mom loves throw rugs that can be machine washed and dried. So, I had her pick out two colors for me to use. I love the colors, and I think they look great together without being boring.

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The texture on the Right Side, while busy, is fun and reminds me of chocolate truffles. But I must admit that I am quite partial to the Wrong Side, so smooth and plain!

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The two problems I had with this pattern? Gauge and bias. My gauge was way off, even when I went down a needle size. I stubbornly refused to use anything smaller, because of the bulky yarn.

The rug turned out huge, width-wise. I ended up knitting less than half of the required length. In the end, even though the dimensions were what we wanted, I realized that my gauge was too loose. The rug was floppy and the rectangle I had was not at all rug-like. A stiffer gauge would have been ideal.

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I didn’t notice the other problem until it was too late. The eyelet rows are all worked with k2tog, so naturally, the sides bias slightly (as visible in two of the above photos). D’oh! This problem could be rectified by using ssk in alternating eyelet rows.

As mentioned earlier, I do like the stitch pattern used. I think, with a looser gauge (perhaps US 11-13 / 8-9 mm needles), twice the number of cast-on stitches and more yarn, this would make an awesome and cozy afghan. Maybe someday. :)


Pattern: “Blue Bands Rug” by Lois S Young, Family Album Knits Size: 21? x 35? (53×89 cm) Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, Walnut and Wheat, about 1.5 skeins each Needles: Crystal Palace US 9 (5.5 mm) circular Started: February 13, 2009 Completed: February 17, 2009

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5 Responses to “Kinda meh”

  1. Chris Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I think it turned out well! But yeah, I can see the biasing issue. Pooey.

    Neil Gaiman had some good snow pictures, too.

  2. Kay-From the Back Yard Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    A handsome rug it is! Sometimes utilitarian projects seem so boring until you get them done and start using them. Then their value is appreciated. I really like it.

  3. Nicole Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I like the close-up photo. It would make a great desktop wallpaper.

  4. Sydney Says:
    February 27th, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I like the rug. The pattern on both sides is nice. I can see what you mean about the bias though.

  5. opal Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    i love that rug! seriously love it!

    it’s too bad about the bias, but if it bothers you that much you can always send it my way. ;-)

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