July 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

I finished my first braided rug last night and it looks wonderful. I did most of the work on it last week and this past weekend after procrastinating on it for most of the month. I watched a lot of Netflix while I did it.

Braided rug

Braided rug

Braided rug

I still have about seventeen balls of t-shirt yarn to use up and will be working on a second larger and more colourful rug for our bedroom. If you’re interested in making your own braided rug (or t-shirt yarn), find the tutorials I used in this blog post.

Thank you to Boris for purging so many of his old t-shirts to make this project possible.

July 7th, 2015 | No Comments »

I took last week off from work and my residency and spent a few days on Bowen Island with Boris and his family. It has been unrelentingly hot the last few weeks, and it was good to spent time walking in the forest, splashing in the ocean, napping in a cool place, and reading.

Summer on Bowen Island
The view into Howe Sounds as the ferry departs from Horseshoe Bay.

Summer on Bowen Island
A magnificent Banded Alder Borer beetle that caught a ride on Anne’s car.

Summer on Bowen Island
Boris on the Secret Log which is surrounded by lush green water plants this time of year.

Summer on Bowen Island

Summer on Bowen Island

Summer on Bowen Island
A hazy morning view across to the North Shore mountains from the Lagoon.

July 6th, 2015 | No Comments »

A couple months ago at Sewing Bee my friends Val and Dori decided to experiment with making yarn from old t-shirts, and then knitting it into rugs. I was intrigued by this upcycling project, but had no interest in doing any knitting. I looked around for other ideas for using t-shirt yarn and found good tutorials around making a braided rug.

Work in progress braided rug
Work in progress braided rug

When Boris did a clothing purge just weeks after their experiment I put aside a giant stash of t-shirts and have slowly worked away at transforming them into yarn. I ended up with twenty-seven balls of yarn because Boris had a lot of shirts packed away in his drawers.

These are excellent step-by-step instructions on how to make continuous yarn from t-shirts.

Work in progress braided rug

This weekend I began swatching colours and practicing my braiding with some of the yarn. There are three different methods that I’ve found of attaching the braids together, from sewing, gluing, and tucking. I decided to go with the tucking method and watched the two videos over on this blog post to learn the method. The videos also include how to splice more yarn onto the ends of the pieces you are working with.

Work in progress braided rug

Work in progress braided rug

I’ve swatched a circle, an oval, and attempted something like a rectangle to figure out how to shape things. I’m going with the oval for the final shape and started working on added more length to it this afternoon. I have so much yarn I can make multiple rugs or a really massive one. I’m just going to see where it goes because it’s an experiment.