I've been wanting to start a new project for the home for awhile now, and spring break seemed like the perfect time to start. We went away for a few days, and I wanted a project that was not Etsy related to work on while we were gone. In preparation, I cut and cut numerous old t-shirts into strips and sewed the strips together, then stretched them into t-shirt yarn.
The rug I wanted to make was needing to be quite sturdy, so I cut the strips 1-1/2 inches wide. To knit this yarn, I need some BIG needles! I didn't have any really big circular needles, and my straight pins wouldn't hold enough stitches to do the job. At the yarn shop, I found these wonderful Knit Picks interchangeable needles. Who knew that knitting was so technologically advanced? You can attach the cable to two needles for circular needles, or use two cables with a cap at each end for longer separate needles (that's what I'm doing). And the needles are so pretty too!
I'm using a Linen Stitch, which appears like a woven pattern after a few rows. I decided to use lots of different colours of t-shirts, and this stitch looks really good with colours (no boring stripes). Here's how far I am now:
I'm making good progress, but I do have a long way to go--I want to make this a large size for my front entrance:
I think my t-shirt count is at about 22 right now--I've used all or parts of 22 cut up shirts so far! I wonder how many I will need to finish it?
Unfortunately, the knitting will be a little slower now--I have to focus on updating my shops and preparing for another craft sale in a few weeks....