Doris Daymat

I’ve spent the last two weeks in bed recovering from back surgery, and I thought that meant I’d have two weeks to devote to crafting. Well, not so much.

Though I had plenty of time and was bored out of my mind, I was also doped up on Vicodin. Which makes you feel a little bit drunk all the time. Not so good for the motor skills. I bought five skeins of yarn to make a blanket with my newly learned granny square skills, but I didn’t even touch them.

I did, however, complete one project, and that’s cute little “Doris Daymat.”

The pattern comes from Stitch ‘n Bitch Happy Hooker. I made several changes to it. First of all, I didn’t want to use jute and twine from the hardware store, as the pattern calls for, because I read it was slippery, and I already had yarn in the 3 colors needed for the flowers. God knows I don’t need any more yarn (even if it is twine).

At the craft store (Michael’s to be specific) I found some thick nylon yarn that’s used for some other craft project. They had the exact green color I needed so I bought 2 rolls. Later when I needed 2 more rolls I went on a wild goose chase for it because that store was out. But I finally found it.

One type of flower turned out to be super easy to make. I could make these all day long.

The others were ridiculously hard. So much so that I made two and gave up. But that seemed plenty. Because I was using bigger yarn I had to use the smaller needles to get a similar sized flower. But that meant it was almost impossible to make the petals, which required getting 3 and 4 stitches into one stitch.

All in all it’s a little misshapen, but I love it. And no one better walk on it!