In my Christmas Eve blogpost I briefly mentioned the draft stopper that I am making. (You may have skimmed over that sentence because it was a post about completion of my Winter (AndI’mStillTotallyInLoveWithIt) cowl.) Anyhoo, this post is all about the draft stopper.
Before I unveil the Striped Stopper, I have to give some background info.
Our livingroom door is one foot away from our front door so any cold air seeping through the letterbox promptly whooshes into the living room via that teeny tiny opening underneath the door. We’ve been using an old towel to try to keep out the arctic air, but that just looks tacky.
Hubby: “Can’t you crochet something for us?”
Me: “Hell yes! Why didn’t I think of that?!”
Hubby: “Because you’re so busy with my blanky. I’m cold now, so I’ll take blanky for now, then you can do the door thing.”
Me: “Okay, but what colour should it be?”
Hubby: “Nothing too bright.”
Me: “Have you met me?!”
Hubby: “Yes. Of course. Well, as long as it doesn’t stand out too much. I trust you.”
….. are you sure about that?
So what did I do? I made a 18 colour striped draft stopper that matches our striped Ikea carpet exactly! If you lay it flat on the carpet, you can’t even see the stopper, that’s how not stand out-ishly good it is.
It looks sooooooo nice against the door.
Even though it’s very bright and striped, it blends in fantastically with the rest of the room.
I used Rowan Handknit Cotton and Drops Paris from my stash and a 4mm hook. You can see the stash, and the carpet, here. I followed the Lionbrand pattern, but added an extra round so that my tube ended up being just a tad wider than theirs. In other words, instead of 36 stitches for a round, I have 42. I obviously also didn’t follow their stripe sequence as I had to keep the width of my stripes the same as my carpet.
I actually finished the crocheting on Boxing Day, but had to wait for the postman to deliver little plastic pellets so that I could stuff it and crochet the end. It’s stuffed with alternating layers of plastic pellets (for weight) and polyester stuffing (as insulation).
Hubby then made the very clever suggestion that we should add velcro strips to the stopper and the door, so that it will stay attached to the bottom of the door even when we LEAVE the room & close the door behind us. Isn’t that genius?
He insisted that he should be the one to have the “privilege” of using the hot glue gun to attach the velcro to the door. (A glue gun is extremely manly you see, and well, it was his suggestion to add the velcro so it’s only fair that he should be the one to use the glue gun.)
So here we have it. The Striped Stopper, requested by Hubby, executed by Moi and, in an ever so masculine way, improved upon by Hubby.