I might have mentioned I have a lot of yarn. I have everything from miscellaneous balls of yarn to mass quantities of industrial yarn on big cones, super thin to super chunky. Ok, not really, but I do have quite a bit and quite a variety. Much of it I keep in bins with some sort of labeling so I at least have a vague idea where things are. Other stuff is just kept on the shelf.
So, when I’m designing a rug, I start by just browsing through the yarn I have. In some cases, I’ve written a list of projects that I would like to do based on some of the yarn I have. Other times I see what I think will go together and work from there. One set of yarn I came across, was a series of commercial skeins of yarn whose labels read Old Mill Yarn in a sort of old west font, from Eaton Rapids, Michigan. The yarn was thick, a little coarse, and with a tight twist to it. It looked like there was enough to make a rug, but I was a little skeptical about the quality of rug it would make. However, once I began, it really started coming together nicely.
The yarn gave the rug a rope-like texture, almost like a mat you might have by a door.
The color combination worked really well, too. Originally, I was going to have a fringeless rug, but the header ended up too thick to fold and hem, so fringe it is.
I looked up Old Mill Yarns and there is still a company in Eaton Rapids. It was hard to tell from the website if they still had that same yarn available. I suppose one day I’ll try to figure that out. In the meantime, I probably have plenty of supplies to keep me busy for a while.