i know i only showed you a bit of the rug yesterday. yes, i did that on purpose. sorry to be so suspenseful! you see, i hadn't finished the ends yet, so i waited. clearly, i finished the ends since then, and here is the result! i really like it, especially for my first rug attempt.
i grabbed all the good colors of lamb's pride yarn that i had and brought them to chelsea. i liked how these four interacted, so they were the lucky ones. however, i didn't realize that one skein of the oatmeal was thicker than the other. in fact, i didn't realize this until the thinner weight ran out and i began weaving with the bulky one. oops! i just kept going, since this rug was destined to be mine and the show had to go on.
the second little problem was that i really needed one more skein of the oatmeal in order to make it 3ft long, which was my goal. after consulting with my sister (she came to help me on saturday, thank goodness!), we decided that inserting a nice, wide charcoal band would solve the problem and look quite nice. besides, i had been inventing the striping pattern as i went along, so what was a little more improv? not only did it work, but i think this rug would be too boring without it, so i'm really happy with my less-than-perfect planning.
don't you love it when little (or big) mistakes end up being the best part about a piece?