Although I have owned a book containing patterns for hand-knitted rugs for several years, I've never knitted one until now. This admission isn't surprising. What is surprising is that I'd consider knitting a rug, much less knit one in about a week. I wouldn't have considered it, but it wasn't my idea. Even K commented that a hand-knitted rug didn't seem very practical, too stretchy, to likely to slip around, not very durable.
However, when I was asked to crochet a rug for the baby's room, my initial thought was of the book of rug patterns. I prefer knitting to crochet now and find it easier on my hands. After leafing through the book, I realized that I had rug materials already--churro wool, the staple of Navajo rugs--lots of it in several natural-dyed colors. I'd bought this yarn in Taos years ago, when all I knew was crochet. I wanted this unusal wool that came from the sheep I'd seen on the Indian reservation. Making my best guess in selecting a pattern, I crocheted a bunch of squares, planning an afghan. As I learned more about different types of wool, I realized that churro wool was too rough for an afghan. I'd abandoned the project and kept the squares for a pillow cover. A quick count assured me that I had enough squares for both the pillow cover and the border of a rug. All that remained was to knit the center with the extra yarn.
By coincidence, the colors are similar to the ones I used for the baby blanket. It's nice that they are plant-based, giving a quasi-organic blessing to the rug. I hope it will be well-received when I bring it to them next week. I've walked on it and find it the perfect combination, both soft and sturdy feeling.
All that leads me to view hand-knit rugs more favorably now. They knit up quite quickly and are comfortable underfoot. Not that I'll be knitting another anytime soon.