Because of overwhelming demand (okay, okay, my mom asked!) I decided to show how I'm making the toothbrush rug.
This is why it is called a toothbrush rug. These needles were originally made from toothbrushes, but now they are made specifically for this purpose. It fits nicely in the hand and the hole is big enough so it is not too hard to thread.
This picture is not too good, because you cannot see where the needle goes. I was having trouble taking a picture with my right hand while holding everything with my left hand. But this is the first stitch. It is the first half of a half-hitch stitch.
Here you see how you use your thumb to regulate the size of your stitches. When you pull the strip of fabric tight around your thumb, the loops should all be of a similar size. I've been pulling so vigorously that my thumb is sore.
This shows the second half of the half-hitch stitch. C can do this one with no problem, because you just have to follow the thumb.
I do remember being excited about crocheting with strips of fabric some time in the past... until I priced how much the material I would need to make a set of mats for my dining room chairs would cost. Now, however, I think I will have material left over for at least a couple of mats. I've been looking around, and I think I need a huge crochet hook. Oh man! That means a run to JoAnn's!
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