(Here for DIY Area Rug: Beginnings)
By 1/28th I mean 1/28th of the way done. Haha!
Anyway! Let's start from the beginning. How to latch-hook. It's refreshingly simple. :)
First, stick the latch hook tool through a hole.
We're using Loops & Threads brand yarn, which is 100% acrylic. I wanted to use wool or natural fiber yarn at first, but frankly I wasn't prepared to pay for it. Acrylic is cheap, and my particular yarn is currently $2.50 a skein at Michael's. We're using 40 skeins of claret (red), 14 skeins of soft taupe, and 10 skeins of chocolate.
Sak calculated out how much we'd need based on the design we'd be using, which he mocked up in paint. The idea was to make a fish scale pattern. The paint image breaks the pattern down into little blocks, which represent each 10x10 hole section of the latch hook grid.
But really, it isn't so bad. We only work on it about an hour a day, while we watch TV (Dr. Who currently). It's relaxing, and curbs my TV-guilt. Am I the only one that feels guilty if they are doing nothing while watching TV? I need to learn to relax. :P
The hardest part was just cutting the yarn, but Sak figured out how to make that easy too! Two taped-together AA sized batteries. Wrap the yarn around, and you have a helpful groove for cutting perfect 3 inch pieces!
Anyway, so far I really enjoy this project, though we've got a very, very long way to go!
Expect another update once we fill out this whole grid. Then we'll be at a nice 25% done instead of less than 4%. ^_^