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They May Be Psychedelic, Baby, But There’s No Shag On These Rugs

Filed under: Daily Life,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 2:05 pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I did fail to mention one issue with my doctor’s visit yesterday, but it’s only a minor one. I’ve got a low-level sinus infection, for which I’ve been given an antibiotic. Which is making me pee like crazy. Don’t worry, I’m snarfing down the liquids at a good clip! But in the meantime, I was up several times in the night to hit the bathroom, and seem to be going about every half hour today.

Other than that, I’m doing fine. Except, can someone please turn down the thermostat on the weather? I haven’t dared stick my nose outside yet, the reports from friends that I talked to this morning have scared me off it. We’re apparently expecting a high around 100.

I melt at 71, maybe 75 if there’s a breeze. With my intolerance for heat, and my asthma and allergies, I’m best off staying indoors and keeping cool. And I’m recommending my friends do the same, which is why tonight’s craft circle is cancelled. Hope for better weather next Tuesday!

Meanwhile, I’ve gotten more knitting done on Rat Rugs 2.0. Here’s a look at the two most recent FOs, and the one currently on the needles.

FO/WIP: Rat Rugs 2.0

I’m really liking how these colors are working out. Those wild, psychedelic colorways are coming from using small balls – about 15 grams each – of Sugar ‘n Cream. Each ball is about 1/5th of the yarn needed for a complete Rat Rug, which ensures that I’ll see frequent color changes.

Pre-Measured Yarn For Rat Rugs 2.0

Yes, I actually weighed a finished rug (about 64 grams), divided by 5 (12.4 gms), rounded up to 15 gms for a nice target number. Then I used the yarn winder to make a mini ball, weighing it to see if it was big enough. I even counted how many turns of the yarn winder crank it takes to make an approximately 15 gram ball of Sugar ‘n Cream. It’s 32.

Simply put, I’m knitting 40 stitches in garter stitch. Two rows of Solid color, two of Variegated. Whenever a yarn is about to run out, I take another mini-ball of the same type – solid or variegated – and use Russian Join to attach it. My only rule for the color choice is it can’t be the same color I’m just finishing. Then I just keep knitting until the rug is long enough.

This is what the rugs look like in place, on the second shelf of the rat cage:

Rat Rug 2.0 In Situ

I deliberately made them just a skootch long and wide, because I know they will shrink some in the wash.

The Rattie Sisters are used to having cotton rugs – they’ve been living with a different pattern on their top shelf for their entire life. They seem to like the soft surface, and quite frequently will take a nap directly on the rug, without fussing about nesting inside something.

Knitting cotton is hard on the hands – today, I’ll be switching back to the quilting again. Expect to see more progress on the Hexagon QIP tomorrow!



Comment by Elspeth

June 26, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

I’m sorry you’re sick! I’m happy to say we’re not as hot as we were yesterday – 100 sounds horrible! And needing to drink a lot as well. Good luck on feeling better!


Comment by Carrie K

June 26, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

The Rattie sisters rugs are very cute. Yes, cotton is hard on my hands too. Sorry to hear you’re sick! Hopefully the antibiotic will snuff out the bad bugs pretty quickly.

I can handle up to about the high 80’s. After that, it just gets hot.


Comment by Carol

June 26, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

Yeah, the weather here was scorchingly hot too. And tomorrow is not supposed to be better around here either. But I am not really complaining. Not after winter where the temp hits -30C…


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

June 27, 2007 @ 1:19 am

Wow, I didn’t know about Russian Join!! Thanks for the link. The rat rugs look fabulous.


Comment by Claudia

June 27, 2007 @ 11:15 am

OOOOH -PRETTY!!! Love the colors and I’m glad the rattie sisters have a treatment!

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