Last semester (my last in college), two pairs of my pajama pants died. I did not want to get rid of them. I would wear them, pretending they didn't have giant holes down nearly the entire leg seam. K would watch them, leg gaping open, as I worked. "You should just throw those out," he told me, again and again.
|They were very, very dead.|
I decided to make a rag rug out of it. First, I tore the pajamas into strips that were somewhere between two and three centimeters wide. It was not an exact science:
|Two pairs of pajama pants, reduced to strips.|
The pattern I came up with went like this:
Chain two. Single crochet in the first chain until it looks basically like a circle. Then, starting with the first single crochet, repeat "single crochet, single crochet two in the next single crochet" until you run out of material.I joined each new strip by making a slip knot and pulling both that and the loose end through the stitch.
It doesn't quite lay flat, and it's not rug-sized, but it is about the right size to protect the table from a huge pot of spaghetti! So I'm calling it a success. It's organic, okay? Organic.** And I like the colors of the mat-thing just as much as I liked the colors when it was still pajamas.
|The finished thing. Ruler for scale.|
- I would have ripped the strips more carefully to get a more uniform length instead of using the plaid pattern as a guide.
- I avoid fiddling with the sewing machine. It turns projects into something you do on a whim, when you have time, into a Major Undertaking. Joining each of the strips was annoying enough to make me wish I'd sewn them together, though, and I would have done them.
*It's like regular Calculus, only harder.
**Calling it "organic" means that it's okay that it's lumpy, right?