Rag Rug Pillows

Today I was taking inventory of all the things I've made; stuff that I haven't taken pictures of, things that need to be sold, materials yet to be used. It's been a crazy day.

I have these 26" square pillows on the bed that don't have pillow cases yet. I picked up a couple of the rag rugs that haven't sold yet and threw them over the pillows and holy crap they look awesome! Maybe a new line of pillow cases??

Ironing Board Cover Love

My mother commissioned me to make her a pillow to give to her sister for her birthday. Easy enough! Although my cable and pattern scaling abilities are a little on the novice side. Blocking was definitely needed for this one.

Can we talk about the pattern on my ironing board in the above picture? Let's just say that not only do I love using my ironing board and don't mind leaving it out to store (not that there's anywhere to store it in this apartment), but I use it for everything. Especially wet blocking. I needed an ironing board cover replacement and everything commercial was so boring and commodified. But I finally found and purchased it at City Chick Country Mouse. They have a fun selection. I hope I don't sound like a 1950's housewife.

Anyway, I really enjoy this cable pattern. It's just so interesting and textured. I modified it from a coffee cozy pattern of all things, although I can't find the original link.

Sock Yarn Soak Up

I bought this sock yarn last year. It's a wool/nylon blend and I just found out is great for dying. Well, it's great because it soaks up everything you put into the pot. And that's wonderful because I hate wasting dye. But when I say soaks up everything, I mean that it soaked it up within seconds and I had to dye this particular warp twice just to get the amount of yarn coverage I wanted. It was insane.  

What's also insane is that this particular color is called 'mouse gray'. I don't see anything about it that says mouse. I mean, I don't think I've ever seen a purple-ish mouse, right? Maybe that's what they're like out in the country, but all the mice and rats I've ever seen in this rat-infested city are more of a gray-brown.

How gorgeous is that? I love the affect when it gets warped onto the loom, with all of its variation. The hope is that this will eventually become pillows. Cross your fingers and stay tuned!

Stupid Sale...

I went to IKEA in August, and they always put their fabric from the previous season on super sale. I'm pretty sure this was part of last year's winter fabric. Something attracted me to it.

Then I did something I "never" do, I bought 6 yards of it. Yeah. That's a lot. I don't normally do that since I need to have a project in mind, or else it will never get used. But it was cheap, and it's a heavy weight cotton. Don't worry, it's getting used.

I'm making pillows - more on that soon. And maybe a quilt? I'll certainly have enough fabric for that...