Despite my assurances both to you and to myself that I would be finishing the whirring wheel multistrand, I have not. I have put it aside. Frankly, I was making myself completely sick of multistrand braiding…. so I was pleased to have an excuse to abandon it — briefly.
For the next 9 days, until my daughter moves back into college, I am adding onto a hit and miss rug for her dorm room. Here’s a photo of the original piece (above), which I think measures at about 5’ X 7’. Her room is 8’ X 11’, so I’m not going to be able to make it THAT big… but a bit closer to those dimensions.
I am reveling in the ease and delight of just braiding and braiding and braiding. I haven’t begun to lace yet, because I have some traveling around to do in the next few days, so it’s easier to move a big pile of braids rather than the heavy rug to which they are attached. Since it’s a hit and miss, I don’t have to worry about row changes or anything else.
I had a temporary hesitation regarding the question of whether I would butt on the additional rows or just start with a tapered end and keep going in continuous fashion. You know me: Queen of Continuous, so of course I chose to make a narrowed T-start and I’ll just circle around from that. Much faster for making the rug bigger, right? I’ll butt the last row or two.
This rug is fun: one strand is reds/pinks/peaches/oranges, and the other strands are gray and gray-brown tweeds/ herringbones/ small plaids. I love using up all those scraps from recycled jackets that I was given a few years ago, from which I have all these short 12-24” lengths. A hit and miss is perfect for all of the short pieces, and leftover rolls.
You may be able to pick out that I tried a multistrand in the hit and miss, toward the outside rows, just to see what it would look like. Well… it didn’t really turn out too well: it’s important to maintain the dark/light characteristics in a multistrand, so having the colors/shades change all the time destroys the pattern. Now you know. I’m leaving the multistrand in the rug, though, because I don’t have time to re-work it.
My husband is conveniently away in San Diego for 3 days, watching track and field events with his buddies. He would be seriously perturbed by the amount of wool scraps that I have laying around on every surface, including his desk. I am thoroughly enjoying the ability to redecorate the house in wool while he is gone!