Tricking out my new bookcase with crochet

One thing about living in a pandemic time is that I am no longer in a hurry. I truly have almost nowhere I need to go. As a result, most of my life is confined to the things I need to do, and the things I want to do, and one of the things I want to do is create small oases throughout my house, and my new bookcase is now my first completed oasis.

The rug I crocheted, is like the bookcase it coordinates with, made from repurposed materials, and I continued in that vein using the same yarn to make two crochet furniture casters.

Readers may remember that when the piece first arrived, I did not have any casters made, so I used what I had:

Two of the four sliding casters

But what I had did not contribute to the effect I wanted, so the past couple of days I have been busy crocheting granny squares that could then be felted and used as furniture casters.

At the time of my last blog post, I had gotten as far as the first round for all of fourteen squares I would need. Yesterday I spent all of my crochet time working on the second round for each of those squares and by mid-afternoon, they were crocheted and ready to be assembled:

Fourteen two-round granny squares

After dinner, I got out one of my beloved bent-tipped yarn needles and set work, weaving in ends, joining seams, and weaving in more ends.

This morning, I was so focused on getting the future furniture casters felted, I forgot to document my progress until after they had already been through one round of felting:

Two future felted furniture casters made from wool granny squares

While the overall effect was charming, the casters were too large to properly fit the bookcase, so, throwing all caution to the wind, I put both of them in for a second round of felting.

Lucky for me, the second round made them exactly the right size for my new bookcase. And after an afternoon basking in the sun:

Two future furniture casters for a new bookcase drying in the sun

I had the oasis that I (and my cat, as it turns out) wanted:

My cat's new oasis; a crochet granny rectangle rug in front of a bookcase

There are still many pockets of my house that would benefit from a little crochet love, and I will continue forward, one stitch, and one oasis, at a time.

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