52 Projects is an adventure in discovery. Every week, for 52 weeks, do something. Something you’ve never done before. Something you’ve always wanted to do. Something that scares you. Something that inspires you. Something that inspires others. Something that tickles your fancy. Something that caught your eye. Something that just popped into your head. It can be big. It can be small. It can be whatever you want it to be. Find out how doing something can lead you to discover things about yourself, your world, your God. Then, come here on Sundays and share it with others. I'll write about mine here, you write about yours on your blog, then use the tool in my post to link to your something. Please feel free to jump in and participate anytime throughout the year!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Week 6: Hot pads made from t-shirts
This week’s project was a lot of fun. I’ve wanted to try my hand at making more items with re-purposed objects. My project also had to meet two important requirements:
1. Something simple because I’ve been fighting a nasty head cold all week and can’t really fathom anything tricky or complicated that involves any real brain power
2. Something that costs me absolutely nothing since I’ve already spent my creative budget on paint for my Dining Room chest of drawers project.
So I pulled an old issue of Mary Jane’s Farm and randomly picked my project. Initially, it was a hand knit rag rug which required a pair of #15 29 inch circular needles which I didn’t have and was not willing to drag my sick ass out the door to go purchase. I did have, however, a pair of much shorter #15 needles and the rag rug turned in to hot pads instead. Of course I already know how to knit but the beauty of this project was recycling old cotton t-shirts. I’ve never knit with strips of clothing before and I just happened to have 3 large bags of old clothes waiting to be dropped off at the local thrift store. For this project, I selected several old cotton t-shirts that belonged to my kids and cut them in to long one inch wide strips. I tied each strip end to another until I had a “ball of yarn”. I cast on 15 stitches on #15 needles and knit until I had a nice square of a hot pad. Not only do they make me smile with pride but they also can be tossed in to the washing machine and used over and over again. GO GREEN!