Some of you may have noticed that I’ve missed a few days since last week. Generally, they are Fun Day Fridays. I wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about you, but rather have been having a few days that have been less than fun. Between the few weeks, I’ve lost someone very close to me and rather quickly. It has left me off kilter and has me spending less time on my social media than I normally would.
The one thing that this has taught me when it comes to my work is that I should always have backlogs of blog posts saved to toss in on days that I will be gone. It is definitely a lesson on being more proactive and less reactive. I know that I still have a lot of work to do to get me where I want to be in my writing career. I just need to make my plans and really get down to getting them done. There will be a lot of less time spent on procrastinating as well, and more on making sure my work is done before I call it a day.
I think that has been one of the hardest parts of this writing journey is going from taking the work as a hobby into something professional. There are a lot of areas I still fail tremendously in, but I am working on adjusting it all now. Over the last few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time reading nonfiction books that talk about how to do these things and such. While I have retained bits of it, there is still plenty more to learn. Until then, though, I need to start making steps toward getting things done. There are many steps I need to take to get me where I wish to be.
So, in light of missing several Friday posts, I’d like to share with you a project that I’m currently working on. Someone shared a post on Facebook for a rug made out of yarn. I fell in love with it and that was when I decided that I too wanted to make a fun rug like that. I thought it would be a great project to do with my girls.
Wool Yarn of your choosing
non-slip rubber material
- I cut the nonslip rubber material to the size of rug I wanted to create. (I accidentally got mine too large so it is taking longer than expected to fill)
2. Pick out the yarn you’d like to use. (I am missing the variegated color I used on the end of my rug. Though, I can’t recall the actual name of the yarn either.)
Due to the size of the mat that I cut out, it has taken me four rolls of yarn in the Aran (cream) and Minty colors. Unfortunately, when I went back for more they were out of the variegated one I used so I’m using the others to finish it off.
3. I pick a color and use four fingers to wrap the yarn around. I did attempt the two toilet paper roll method first, but it simply did not work well for me. I found I was much faster using four fingers.
To do this step, I wrapped the yarn 90 times around my fingers, carefully I slit it off my fingers and used another portion of yarn to wrap it tightly around the middle of the yarn ball I created. The tighter you get the string in the center the more of a pom pom look you will get. Make sure to leave long strands on your center knot. These are used to attach them to the mat.
4. Next, I cut down the center of each side of loops so that it gets the nice fuzzy pom pom appearance. Be careful with this step. I have cut the long strands off accidentally while trimming the sides. It makes it almost impossible to attach the pom poms to the mat later on.
5. I trim any wild strands that might have gotten a little too long one side. I do this over a plastic bag to try to keep the mess down to a minimum. Again, still make sure not to trim off the long strands used for tying the pom pom on.
6. This step will depend on you. You can continue to make pom poms until you feel like you have a substantial amount or you can start attaching them to the mat. I have been attaching them to the mat as I go so as not to lose them. (I have small children in the house and a cat that like to run off with them.)
To attach them to the mat simply tie them around one of the small strips on the non-slip rubber. Make sure to catch one of the rubber threads between the yarn so it will stay attached.
I have been working on an ocean look with this mat. It isn’t perfect, but it has been fun. I suggest a smaller size unless you really like spending a great amount of time on a project. This is much larger than the picture would lead you to believe.
7. Fill in the area until you have it your desired thickness and the black isn’t showing. If you got your strings super long like I did, you can trim them back a bit so they don’t show when you lay the rug out. Also, I’ve been using a tiny crochet hook to help weave the yarn through the holes in the non-slip material.
I hope to finish this project soon and post pictures for you all to see. I’m super excited for it as it matches the new bedding for our brand new bed and it wasn’t even preplanned. So, it’ll be a great addition to our room. Until Monday, enjoy your weekend, my dear readers.
Remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.