How insane is that, a rug out of pure alpaca! The skein was so large and pettable that we nicknamed it Rover, therefore the project had to be called “The Rug Named Rover”
When I got home, I let “Rover” rest on my vintage Victorian settee, named Vicky.
I pulled out my size 15 knitting needles and the skewered skein took up by comfy chair completely. My chair is named Martha, because it’s a Martha Washington chair, a gift from a dear friend who’s mother collected gorgeous antiques.
Even though it was late and I was really tired I just had to cast on, 17 stitches on the giant needles and keep going in garter stitch. It was an upper arm workout! The giant skein bounced around under my feet exploring under the coffee table and the rocking chair like it had a mind of its own. Each row took 2 full arm length pulls from the skein. I felt like I was armwrestling an emu.
For scale purposes only, here is the rug in progress on the needles, with my bare tooties, a dainty ladies size 9 foot. Please note the swollen ankle after walking on cement floors all day! This was the longest I have been on my feet since my ankle reconstruction. It wasn’t too bad in hindsight and standing on the rug in progress felt utterly lovely.
Finally finished, after just a day of fast paced knitting. Walking on the Rug Named Rover is so soft, it is a lot like petting a nice dog with your bare feet.
I have “Rover” in my kitchen in front of the sink, but when I am at the stove a lot I just slide it over. My kitchen floor space is so small that the rug fits perfectly in front of the stove, or in front of the sink or the miniature cutting board on the other side. It is so thick and soft, it is far superior than the gel mats one finds in kitchens, and is washable in the bathtub with a little gentle shampoo.
If only money wasn’t an issue, I would have taken advantage of their 2-for-discount skein offer and made one of these for along side the bed or underneath my chair. However, it is divine walking into my kitchen barefooted, I don’t usually cook without shoes or slippers but these days I have enjoyed violating my rules with luxurious abandon.