I know this isn't a family blog, so I honestly try not to load you all up with pictures of the kids and grandkids, but every once in a while I just have to pull out the brag book. This is Charlotte, and my regular readers will know she's 4. In this photo, she's at her older sister Madeline's 8th birthday party and just had her face painted by her talented aunt (and my daughter) Holly.
Now. On to serious fiber stuff. I've been reading, with more than my fair share of jealousy, about this and that really cool thing made from thrift store sweaters, by my super talented blogger-friends. Sweaters unraveled and made into yarn, or more commonly - felted. But all this time I've never come across even one worthwhile sweater in my LTS, begging me to take it home and magically transform into a fabulous bag, that is, until the day I bought three pairs of ice skates for my two granddaughters in the hopes at least one of them would end up with a pair of skates that fit.
Then, on my way out I saw it - THE SWEATER. It was 100% wool, Lands End and even though I didn't love it - I bought it for $1. Two passes through the wash with a pair of old work pants, and two ounces of lint later, I got the beginnings of a felted bag. Now what. Okay, so I have to cut. But cut what? Hmmmm. Perhaps the sleeves. So I cut them off, leaving enough to turn to the inside and seam. Now it looked a bit more like a bag. But more needed to come off.
Since the sleeves were raglan, I had a nice neat guideline to use to cut an opening for the top. Whoo Hoo - this was beginning to look like something. I seamed the bottom and turned in sleeve ends and let me tell you, was I ever glad I bought a heavy duty Pfaff instead of the fancy 10 zillion stitch model when I was sewing that puppy. Then I blanket stitched the top edge with some flaky burgundy wool that broke every few inches that I found in the stash. And voila - a bag! Now all I need is a strap of some sort.
one of my freeform pals, Ellen-Mary at Coneflower Ranch, suggested I knit and felt an i-cord, and that's what I might do. But if anyone has any other suggestions - let me have 'em - I'm open to ideas - since I don't have a single one of my own and I'd hate to fall on my face after coming this far. I gotta keep up with all you talented thrift store sweater felters