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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

stuff i'm doing

thought i'd show you some of the things i've been up to besides knitting hats. these are the pics of some sweaters (mostly lambswool and cashmere) that i have felted and am re-constructing into armwarmers, ear bands, hats and bags.







these are in different stages of deconstruction/ re-creation. i love recycling stuff. the possibilities are endless!

12 comments:

The Good Luck Duck said...

When we were wintering in the RV last year (in NYS), I was cold for six months. I always wanted something on my neck, but scarves can become a pain if you're just sitting around. Do you ever recycle the necks of turtles in that way? I guess they'd have to be huge to survive the felting, wouldn't they?

*channeling Scarlett O'Hara* As God is my witness, I will never be that cold again!

Brian Many Wheels said...

Those are beautiful Katie....you are soooo good at fiber arts...
Bri

hoboknitter said...

thanks, Bri, i am having fun doing it!

Ducky- i have found that 100% cashmere does not felt like wool does. i had one cashmere turtle neck neck-part that may have worked, but i turned it into an ear band with pink angora handspun instead. never thought of it as a simple neck warmer...i have the body of a pink cashmere sweater that i may cut and sew to be a neck warmer. head for a thrift store and experiment!

Linda said...

What a great idea! And the soon-to-be-felted items are beautiful patterns; should make beautiful felted items.

hoboknitter said...

i am having so much fun with this, Linda. i will take pics of the finished stuff before Market saturday!

Dragonfly said...

Very nice, I have been trying to teach myself this off youtube but don't seem to get the wool felted well enough. If I have not learned by the RTR, maybe you can show me.
Diane

hoboknitter said...

yeah, different wools felt differently, lots of agitation and hot water. sometimes it won't felt at all and then, pow, it felts right up. be glad to trade tips at the RTR!

Wanderoke said...

What a great and beautiful idea to re-use those great items. You are a stylish inspiration!
-Ish

hoboknitter said...

thanks, Ish. best part is, i'm having a blast doing it. i need to learn some mad sewing skills, but i'm faking it til i make it :-)

Sabrina Smith Saxon said...

wow .... these are GREAT!!!!

Joanne F said...

Omg! I'm so glad that I found your fiber site! I'm in this fine wool textile collection stage with fine stuff wiring to be re furnished. I'm looking for a serger to be able to do seaming and edging, which is what I've seen in other products I'vee researched and collected. Is that your technique? Found your link on van dwellers.org

Providence Acres Farm said...

I love doing this too! You have some good ideas :-) I am currently looking for sweaters to turn into leg warmers.