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The Liberation of Rag Balls! Freedom!

Dear Kay,
Motoring along on the Tailgate Rug, 2008 edition. I’m so hooked on this thing that I am lugging around two cones of Peaches n Creme double worsted–as if they were PORTABLE or something. My blue rag balls are holding up well, though I’m a little concerned that there’s a little too much cobalt in the dark blue. But not concerned enough to do anything about it. It’s a rug, right?
So I’m flipping through the New York Times spring fashion supplement, which is something I do only when I’m feeling kind of strong for it. It’s so maddening, that thing. So much energy put toward stuff that often seems self-indulgent, hard-hearted, or just unlikely. I mean: I understand the trickle-down nature of fashion, but I just can’t get too cranked about the day when the sterling-silver clutch cast from a piece of termite-bored wood shows up at Old Navy.
ANYway, I flip past the six-inch heels and the gilded bronze chokers, and I come upon this:
Woohoo! “Free spirit” Chloe Sevigny is grooving on rag balls! Rag balls made from Liberty fabrics, even. High five, Chloe!
PS The runway show of Teeny Project Runway is in the works. It’s hard work, putting on a fashion show, people. It’ll be tonight before the show begins. But get ready. Chloe Sevigny has NUTHIN on you designers.




  1. I’m first!

  2. What a cool link… hope it isn’t addictive.

  3. I always feel so DEPRESSED after reading the so-called “Fashion Supplement. The models look so angry, but I guess I would be, too, forced into those dreadful creations after being starved for six years! I missed the Liberty rag balls…I gave up after those heelless “high heels”.

  4. Thanks to you, the word “whiffy’ has been running through my mind all weekend. I am trying to incorporate it into my scrabble matches, but I don’t think the board game gestapo will let it through.

  5. Wait a sec, we’re not going to start wearing those rugs now, are we? They’re still for the floor, right?

  6. Chloe Sevigny has a thing for rag balls? *sigh* I want so badly to not like her, cuz she’s all tall, and blonde and beautiful and talented and stuff and now this? She finds a ball of Liberty scraps! How lucky can one girl get?

  7. I used to wonder seriously about fashion shows and fashion photography until I realized it had nothing to do with practicality, and everything to do with ART. They never mean for you to wear that stuff. They mean to evoke a mood, a thought, and a-coveting. When the stuff trickles down, you have images and feelings in your head that you hope to recapture. I get it now and can enjoy it just for it’s art sake.

  8. Linda, that is the most lucid explanation I have ever seen of this type of fashion photography, and I’m so glad you ‘get’ it. It is mere window dressing and flummery, but pretty with it. I wish more people saw it this way instead of trying to look like it and enjoyed it for the imagination involved. Art for Art’s sake.

  9. I can’t wait to see the teeny fashion show. I was way too lazy to take a break from my attempts at sweater knitting to knit a small stuffy garment.

  10. I can’t wait for Teeny Project Runway. Who gets to play Nina?

  11. please someone tell me how to make a rag ball. please

  12. I did enter the contest, but I’m most anxious to see what everyone else did, it sounds like there will be some AWESOME entries!
    I too would like to know how to make a rag ball. Specifically, do you sew the strips together, and do you fold them?

  13. Liberte!, Egalite!, Fraternite! Knit Away!
    Oh, sweet freedom of, rag balls, cotton cones and CHOICE–the needle clicks heard ’round the world…
    By the way, to my mind, there just can’t be such a thing as “too much cobalt”, but that’s what’s great about the freedom to share ideas…
    Vive la difference!

  14. P.S.–Looks like a “whale” of a paperweight that you’ve got in the picture above, Ann. Will you be knitting it a bikini??
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  15. The portability of 2 cones of cotton is in the bag of the beHOLDER. I’m sure once again, Elmore-Pisgah (I love saying that slow) will notice a rapid depletion in their cone stock. I know I helped.

  16. I’m going to have to give in and succumb to the rag ball … but how to fit it in with my log cabin throw, the quilts, the cushion covers … I think it would be best if I just gave up work, feeding the family, etc and just sat on my rocker in the kitchen … I can but dream!
    Rachel – whiffy is definitely a real word in our house, usually associated with dogs!

  17. what fabulous, talented people you have reading your blog!! It was so hard to pick just one!

  18. Rag Balls – I’d love to make some; any idea where I can find directions on attaching the strips together? I googled but can’t find a “rag ball how to.”
    The rug in your book would be wonderful made with rag strips. Think I’m channeling my grandmother with that comment.


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