Hoooked Zpagetti Review – Throw Rug Serendipity

Update: May 2015 – I have been using this rug daily since I made it and have washed it several times in the washing machine using cold water. It needs to then be laid flat and air dried. Still looks great and has held up well.

Hoooked Zpagetti is big, fun t-shirt material yarn that gave my biggest crochet hook some much needed exercise. I needed a new throw rug and I couldn’t find what I wanted in stores. When I saw Zpagetti at the Japan Hobby Show I knew I’d found my rug!

With one skein of their light blue Zpagetti and 5 hours of Shonan-Shinjuku Line train time ahead of me, I started on my rug.

Without a pattern. Just an oval silhouette idea and 120 meters to get it done.

IMG_0411_2Working on the train is very cathartic for me. No one is asking for me to make them dinner, nor is the laundry screaming to get done and it helps me focus on my task at hand. Very few people bother me and only the very, very brave will ever ask what I’m doing.

Starting from the center of the skein, the t-shirt yarn did perform exactly as I expected, very comfortable on my hands and heavy. The yarn was quite twisted in the beginning and had to do some spin my piece once in a while but the twisting became less as used more and more. There were at least 4 knots in my 120meter/131yard skein with one end that needed to be tied.

The next day I finished the last 20% and came out a yarn chicken winner with only 1 meter of zpagetti yarn left! Final rug size is 29″ x 21″ (74cm x 53) exactly the size needed for the space I want to throw it. This serendipitous project became very economical in that it came out the perfect size and I don’t have any leftover yardage to store.

Now if life could take a lesson from this crochet project and go as wonderfully, smoothly each day for all of us!

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Stitch in Public Kit

Quite often I find myself meeting other crafty stitch friends around Tokyo. I load up my zip bags with what I need to move forward on the project that day and jump on the train. So ultimately my most needed items bounce from zip bag to zip bag. I finally created a perfect Stitch-in-Public stitch kit, just for me! 27cm (10.5″) of linen with pleated pockets, hot pink felt and adorable little Japanese U-shaped scissors called, nigiribasami 握りばさみ。IMG_0215 4 separate pockets, 3 of them pleated to hold more and a felt needle book.

IMG_0217The pleated pocket at the bottom is large enough for crochet hooks, embroidery threads and small spools of thread. Two little sew-in snap buttons will help keep the contents in place.

IMG_0218My lovely friend, Lobin, gave me these squee little nigiribasami, u-shaped scissors that are the perfect size for travel. They have found a lovely home in the leather thimble (Thank You Lori) I am using for bookbinding work. A length of bright coordinating ribbon leash sewn into the pocket edge will help me keep from losing them.

IMG_0219Seriously. Hot pink felt really was the only color felt I had in the house. How could I ever have a bad day stitching with a bright hot pink felt.

IMG_0220Hidden behind the pleated scissors pocket and the felt needle holder is a slim pocket large enough for interchangeable knitting cables or a page, quarter folded, of a printed pattern. The last linen pleated pocket holds more needles, crochet hooks, threads or little zip bags of buttons or other notions.

IMG_0212The Stitch-in-Public kit rolls up and is fashioned shut using fun Italian made lace yarn that fits over coordinating buttons at whatever width necessary depending upon how much stitching I hope to accomplish that day.

IMG_0211It’s so pretty that after it’s loaded for a busy day of stitching, I’ll probably still throw it into a zip bag to keep it clean and dry :)