I started this project so long ago I had look back through the blog archives to find out when it was. 10 July 2012, as it turns out.
Momentum inevitably slowed after I moved from the home I was creating it for and stopped speaking to the man I was creating the home with. I wondered if I would always associate the rug with a period in my life that merely turned out to be a classic example of trying to settle down too young with someone inappropriate.
But actually I’ve fallen in love with the rug again: it’s random colour combinations, untidy joins and decidedly un-straight edges. It’s a mess, but it’s my mess and is an appropriate enough symbol for my twenties as anything else.
Even so, there are things I would do differently next time. So I’ve created a how-to-not guide, based on everything I’ve done. If you want to crochet a nice looking rug, ignore every single one of these.
- Have a flash of inspiration and start working right away, without experimenting with thickness of fabric strips.
- Have a wholly unrealistic idea of how much fabric you will need.
- Accept any kind of scrap fabric from friends and family – pay no attention to colour or weight.
- Don’t stitch the fabric together – tie in large messy knots that are uncomfortable under foot.
- Go over your internet data allowance by 700% because you’ve decided you need to watch every series on Netflix while crocheting.
- Spend time cutting fabric strips before work, so you have bits of pink fabric all over your tights.
- Start and stop, often leaving for months at a time.
- Show everyone who comes to your house the rug you’ve started making. They will keep asking how it’s coming along and you’ll have to admit how lazy you are.
- Don’t count the number of stitches in each row, and keep forgetting which stitch to start in on a new row. The result, uneven edges as the rug get’s wider and narrower over time, means you have to hide the side under your bed and wardrobe (see image above).
- Keep going until you have cramp in your hands, an aching back, and a deep dread of the amount of work it will take to be as big as you wanted.