Tshirt Yarn Foot o’ the Bed Rug – Free pattern included

Whoa. What a week! Am preparing for a month long holiday to Australia, as well as preparing to start a new position at work when I’m back from my holidays. As well as interviewing for my replacement, preparing for a possibly complicated handover and trying to plan what I’ll need for an expensive but glorious month in the Australian wilderness! Surprisingly all I’ve felt able to concentrate on after work is trying not to fall asleep before eating dinner. I always thought that work was just something I did to pay the bills. My life was outside of work, and crocheting was my most convenient creative outlet. I found it very easy to seperate work from my personal time. But after this week I’ve noticed that I really do care about my job. When my boyfriend said to me, “Don’t worry, it won’t be your problem soon” I realised that I actually really do care! I want everything to go smoothly and I want the guys in my team to continue having a nice working environment. So anyway, I think this is my long winded way of saying, I have not been crocheting that much this last week. I am working on something but it’s slow going.

In the meantime I did want to share something that I made about a month ago. I had a whole bunch of Tshirt yarn (yes, that is what it sounds like, it’s lengths of Tshirt fabric that can be crocheted together with a very large hook) and due to the cold weather I was inspired to make a nice rug for the foot of the bed. It didn’t take too long to complete thanks to the thickness of the yarn.

Because Tshirt yarn is the off-clippings of other clothes, it does not have the uniformity of most yarns. But it’s a great hardy and flexible material to use. Just excuse the slight deformity – It’s not my technique, I swear!

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We’ve got a dark wood bed frame so I really like that the colour of this rug matches that. Adds to the room nicely I think!

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The pattern is available for FREE at my pattern blog MumboJumbo Crochet by following this link HERE.

Enjoy and hope you have a great and relaxing weekend! I know I will after the busy week I’ve had!

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Victorian Gothic Round Doily Lurve

So since I started crocheting I have been obsessed with this pattern called “Splendid” by Patricia Kristoffersen. The photos I saw of completed pieces made me drool but it seemed almost impossible get my hands on the pattern. After months of searching online I finally found the pattern and got to work. I was a little apprehensive because the pattern was written out and normally I like to follow diagrams but I was so in love with what the end product looked like that I powered on through.

Check. It. Out.

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This baby is gorgeous. The detail is so freaking intricate and gives the doily a nice texture and 3D style.

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The black colour really makes it stand out too and gives it that Victorian Gothic feel. Which I think would work nicely with any pastel colours to give it a bit of a modern tinge. For example:

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It’d also just look good with subdued, more natural colours.

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It’s about 33cm across and is made using 100% cotton yarn. (Credit: Pattern Design by Patricia Kristofferson)