Is there a Doctor in the house? A Rug Doctor?
I can't stop making rugs, Everybody. I feel like I already mentioned this. But seriously, don't pull back the covers on your bed or anything when I'm around right now because I will whip the sheet off your bed, slash it into torn strips and convert it into a tiny rug before you can say Hey--That's My Sheet, Dude.
One for Baby Pumpkinhead. Colors: pink. Materials: All kinda stuff--sheets, old polyester, cotton scraps. This was the rug I experimented with mixing fabrics. Take Away: the scrap crochet rug is an unbelievably agreeable creature. It doesn't care what you mix together to make it. It just keeps turning into a rug no matter what.
One For My Friend Susan Who Graduated From Nursing School Like a Year Ago. Because nothing says "Congratulations" like a scrap crochet rug. Colors: blue and yellowy golds. Materials: just sheets. Take Away: I tried mixing lots of different shades of yellow. The blue sheet helped anchor the look of the thing so that it didn't look like a crocheted scrap heap.
One For My Friend Shelley Who Just Hosted Me At Her House. Shelley really likes going to Africa, so this one's special because it's bordered in hand-dyed fabric from Tanzania. Colors: the ones that were in the single flannel sheet I used--cream and green and dark red and some browny gold. Plus a bunch of good deep orange and brown and gold around the edges. Materials: one flannel sheet with pictures of people doing things in thes snow; strips of hand-dyed cotton from Africa. Take Away: One sheet yields a little foot rug. Also flannel makes a sturdy rug (soft but not mushy). And mixing fabric is sometimes downright meaningful. Colorado Snow Scene + Vibrant Africa Cotton = Two Things Shelley Loves and mixes up beautifully in her life.
One For My Living Room That Will Be Quite Large. Colors: dirty whites. Materials: Sheets so far. Take Away: As it turns out, mixing ugly colored sheets into a rug produces . . . wait for it . . . an ugly rug. I added sheets with colors I didn't like thinking that somehow the peaches and sage greens would disappear. This just in: they didn't. So I yanked them off this rug that will someday be ginormous and decided to wait for the right colored sheets. Additional Take Away: Craft Patience.
Start ripping and hooking, people. But I warned you--scrap crochet is totally Crafter's Crack.