The YarnThis yarn is a waste product created in the weaving of tweed fabrics in England. Whilst at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia in the Spring of 2014 I bought this yarn from Rachel John. Rachel John is an extreme knitter, she knits large scale work mainly with multi-stranded yarn. Her stand was full of blankets, rugs and cushion covers all knitted with multi stand yarn. I had in the past knitted a multi strand scarf for my husband and started a blanket. I had started the blanket some years previous having seen Rachel John at a show in the past, however this blanket was massively eating yarn. So although the rug was beautiful, it lies forgotten at the back of my stash as I build up odds and ends to go into it. When I saw Rachel John again at the show I mentioned this and she showed me this fabric edge yarn she had just started selling. This yarn seemed like a very cost effective way to knit the rugs I had already fancied knitting.
My intention was to knit a blanket or rug for use in the lounge of our houseboat. Rachel John told me that the yarn was pretty much fresh from the factory, and because it was a waste product it was a little dusty. She suggested washing it in the washing machine before winding it into balls. I did this and ended up with the most almighty tangle. So I sat down to watch The Killing with my husband and night after night was spent untangling it. This was in April/May 2014, I knew we were moving at the end of May so once I had finished untangling this yarn I packed it away for the move.
In June we moved house, this house move would result in us spending a lot more time on our Dutch barge. The barge still had a lot of DIY work to be done over the summer. Over the summer knitting got set aside whilst I made blinds and other such things for the barge.
I cast on this rug on September 28th. I cast on 14 stitches on 24mm Knit Pro needles. I then knit in garter stitch random stripes in the three colours I had. Once I had used up half the yarn in each colour, this was about 40 rows I cast off. I then knitted another rug for the other side of the bed.