Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mad about Mats

So here are a couple of the recycled T-shirt mats I've been working on. I tried knitting a mat and was not happy with the way it turned out. The strips are of varying widths and thicknesses so the different stripes in the knitted mat made for very uneven knitting gauges and an uneven appearance. So I ripped it all out and crocheted these.

Here's the oval one. Shades of pink, coral white and light blue. Its a little flippy around the edges but I think thats just the nature of the beast. Once its done and I give it a good steam press I think it should relax a little. I've got a ways to go on this one. I envision a nice broad one next to my shower stall door. Or, I'll sell it--whatever!

Here's a close-up of my technique. I haven't had much practice with crocheting but I think it looks OK. I like how the ends that I've knotted together poke out here and there.

Here's the little round mat I already finished. The constantly expanding circumference gave me some trouble as I had to continually add stitches so that it would lay more or less flat.

It feels good on the feet. Not soft and plush, mind you. But knobby, bumpy and absorbent. And of course, being T-shirts from another life, eminently washable.

And here's a shout out to my homies who have contributed dead shirts to the cause: Thanks Fiona, Helga and Valerie! Couldn't do it without your generous donations!

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