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Knitting Outside the Box

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This week I want to share a piece of artwork I knit. I like to knit outside the box and design my own patterns.

It’s that time of year when I am sick of snow and cold weather and  I look around my house and think of ways to redecorate. I try to DIY if at all possible. I have been staring at an empty spot on the wall above our TV all winter. Every night I hibernate in the living room with my knitting and watch TV and every night I think about hanging a picture  to fill the space. It’s an odd size. It has to be a landscape picture but not too tall.  I decided to knit a scene. I figured out my gauge so that my picture would come out the size I wanted.  I freeformed this pattern. I knit the background and the tree trunks and then embroidered the spots on the trees, the branches and the grass afterwards.IMG_1234

Now I just have to purchase a frame for it and Voila!

 

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Can I walk on it?

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When we renovated half of our basement into a new family room, I decided to design and knit a rug for it. I knew I needed a sturdy wool yarn for it to stand up to traffic. I chose Valley Yarns Northampton. Having grown up in Northampton I thought it was the perfect choice.  Valley Yarn is Webs Yarn Store’s own line of yarn. It’s  available in several weights and fibers and they are all named after towns in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.  First I designed 2 different square patterns and then alternated them in 3 different colors.


I then sewed the strips together, washed the strips and blocked them. The strips were then sewn into a rectangle.IMG_1144

I purchased a 5 x 8 rug backing at Home Depot
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and then attached my rug to it using a binding stitch all around the rug.
And used a running stitch down all of the strips. This made the rug non-skid.

I am very please with the final rug but the first question company asks when they enter the room is “Can I walk on it?”  The bench cushion and pillows I mentioned in a previous post also made it into the new family room.

Have you ever made a handmade rug and do people walk on it?

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