Chad Rose is a very creative man. Just look at the stunning dining room rug he created after seeing a very small felted rug.
Chad has been knitting since he was 17 years old.
His grandmother used to knit and he would sit and watch her. One day he picked it up for himself, and away he went! After his two children were born, Chad took a break from knitting. In fact, he just picked it back up about 7 years ago when his daughter came home from college and was showing Chad how she knits – left-handed. The funny thing is she never knew that Chad knew how to knit at all, and the fact that they both knit left-handed is even more interesting!
Now, his favorite things to knit include sweaters, scarves, and socks, but his favorite project of all was a bear rug. I’d love to see a picture of that, wouldn’t you?
I asked Chad why he chose to use Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride for his dining room rug project, and he told me that it was because it was available in bulky weight. He also liked the unique look of the wool and mohair as it felts, the halo effect.
Chad shared his “recipe” with us for the rug, in case you’d like to create one yourself. He used six different colors of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky Weight yarn and cast on 73 stitches on size 15 needles and knit for 93 rows. He knit about 45 pieces, and then felted each piece. He wanted to have circles and abstracts pieces in the rug, too, so he added them into the design. After all the pieces were felted, a company put the rug together for him. Total time for the project? “It took me one year and three months to knit and felt all of the squares for the rug— in between other projects.”
Bravo, Chad! Thanks so much to Susan Lord from Beyond the Rainforest, Chad’s Local Yarn Shop, for sharing this wonderful project with us.