Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sending Them Off with Warm Wool

I was able to accomplish a few wool projects for my college kiddos while they were home so I thought I'd share them here in case they can provide inspiration for any fellow felters.

Oldest Daughter wanted some new mittens so I made these in one of her favorite new fashion colors: red. The extra-long, extra-wide scarf (1oo inches by 9 inches) was made from cashmere scraps. I never throw away a cashmere scrap and here was my first opportunity to put them to good use. The red scrap was the neck of a turtleneck sweater. Oldest Daughter arranged the colors. I pieced the blocks by zig-zagging them together and ruffled the edges by pulling the edge taught as I zig-zagged it.

New felting idea: I'm running low on cashmere and have found some lambswool/angora blends that are nearly as soft so I'm thinking of trying some ruffled scarves with them.

Active Son came home without slippers and slippers are necessary for our winter-cold concrete tile floors. This gave me a chance to try out the pattern I had recently purchased on Etsy. I had to work out the sizing a bit to make a men's 11.5, adding some length to the pattern. This pattern is great, and the instructions are easy to follow, but I advise tracing one's foot to find one's size per the pattern. The slippers are lined with the same softer wool that I used for the contrasting trim. These slippers are a good project for wool that has felted thickly.

Active Son wore these a lot the two weeks he was home--he said he felt a little like a hobbit when wearing them.


Woman of the House said...

Wow! Those are great! I love them!

Jodi said...

I'm coveting those slippers! My feet are always cold. By the way, I used your famous apple pie recipe again for a church dinner. It was a hit, as always. xx