I just finished knitting my first rug. It was also my first attempt at knitting with core spun alpaca yarn (strands are about 1/4″ thick). It’s a gorgeous, soft, natural fawn and cream color. I love working with the fibers in their natural state…although that may change once I start learning to dye them this summer.
When I first saw one of these rugs at a fiber seminar this spring, the woman speaking warned that it was not a task for the faint of heart. Well, actually she said it was not for those with faint wrists…because it’s a real bear to knit with the core-spun. I could only do a few rows at a time before needing to stop because my hands were completely cramped up.
The temporary pain, as with most things, was totally worth it. I couldn’t find a pattern or tutorial online about knitting a rug like this, so kept it to a basic knit/purl and watched with pleasure as the colors began to blend together in the pattern. Now I can’t wait to start another one.