Anyways... the point I am getting to, is that we really haven't been doing that many exciting activities outside of our home. However, I am not a person to sit still for long (and I imagine that not having access to a television is responsible for that). So as we count down to the Due Date (7 weeks!) my blog will be filled with recipes and crafts.
This week's theme is Reusing Old Wool Sweaters. And it begins with a story... of a cashmere sweater that Brad NEVER wore (both because it was too posh for his student lifestyle, and because it was too valuable for his student lifestyle). The side effect of not wearing the cashmere sweater was that we had a infestation of wool moths in Brad's sweater collection.
Since I'm a believer in the motto "waste not want not", I saved the sweaters for future sewing projects. So here's a quick tutorial on sewing with old 100% wool sweaters, followed by some photos of some projects I've completed.
1. Wash the sweater in hot water with a load of towels.
2. Tumble dry the sweater with a load of towels.
3. The goal is to "felt" the sweater, so repeat if necessary.
4. If you have properly felted the wool it shouldn't unravel, so you can use raw seams, and sew close to the edge for any project you want.
The first thing I made was a cover for our hot water bottle out of Brad's cashmere sweater.
Here's my general design for the animals:
They required a bit of patching to work around the moth holes, but I think they'll be well liked even if they aren't that pretty. (Apparently I need to learn how to embroider... but I so dislike it, that I've decided to re-brand the dolls as a trendy-hipster stuffed animal).
Martha Stewart. They were so ridiculously easy that I can't imagine EVER knitting a pair again!
And I sewed the right sides together. (Here's a view of the backside).