For sweaters that are 100% wool, a whole new realm of possibilities opens up: felting. All it takes is a wool sweater, a washing machine and a tiny bit of dish soap, and voila! you've got a thicker, heavier fabric perfect for making bags. I got my inspiration and instructions here. This is my first sweater bag, and I've got a few more in the works.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
fun with sweaters
Welcome to my new blog. I figured that some people visiting our family blog might be a little less than interested in my creative efforts, so I needed a new forum to craft blog guilt-free. So there you have it.
Speaking of craftiness, I've discovered a new obsession with sweaters, specifically old sweaters. As a new knitter, I've discovered that good yarn can be very expensive. You can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that thrift store sweaters can be unraveled for some lovely, but inexpensive yarn. My first experiement with this is working out very well. I had a turtleneck sweater in a wonderful raspberry sherbet color, but not so flattering fit-- so I took it apart. I got one sleeve done, but couldn't wait to finish unraveling the whole sweater before I started knitting this beautiful woodland shawl. It's my first all-lace project and I LOVE IT! Here's a close-up of the pattern:
And here's the rest of the sweater that still needs to be unraveled: