Ok, so I know this isn't exactly knitting... but it is yarn/wool related. I was inspired by Taryn from Wooly Moss Roots. She felted an old sweater and then made it into a child's vest. Recently I had gone to the Goodwill to get a few wooly sweaters for the kids. Since we are going up north for Christmas, I figured we would need a bit more then t-shirts and shorts for the visit. One sweater, which I was very excited about, turned out to be, well... sorta bad. It fit no one, not because it wasn't big enough, but because whom ever had knitted it, sort of made it very,very odd. I thought about it for a bit and decided to try my hand at felting it in the washer. I followed Taryn's suggestions, washed it first, cut it up and washed it again. It felted up really nicely. It fits about a size 8-10 year old child. I needle felted on some designs, added a Wooly Moss Roots wooden button, and now it is already for my secret Santa gift. A few weeks ago we all drew names in the homeschool group. And I have been wondering and wondering what to do... we had to either hand make it, bake it, or find something in our own homes to gift. Now, I think I have an awesome gift. I hope the little girl likes it.
|mittens before thumb|
Now for the actual knitting. This week has been a bit slower. I was almost completely finished with Sagan's vest, I had even blocked both pieces, but I just don't like it at all. So, I am going to frog the whole thing, save the yarn for another project and this coming weekend I am going to buy some more yarn and knit a Milo vest OR do a similar vest (like the one I made for Caelan). I am thinking a nice light gray or maybe this lovely teal color of Paton's wool roving. We shall see. I guess it really depends on whether Jo-Ann's has the yarn in.
I knitted up another pair of the mittens from the pattern in the Taproot magazine. I made them up for my niece. I got the idea while reading the boys "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. I thought, how fun would that be to knit up a pair of snowy white mittens and then give my niece a copy of that book? So I did it. I just love that mitten pattern. It knits up so quickly.
And since I can seem to NOT knit, and I had all this bare wool yarn left I thought I would knit my new nephew up a polar bear using a pattern I bought when Ginny's sponsor's had a sale a week or so ago. I bought a set of animal patterns from Mamma4earth. They are so fun and quick to knit up! This is the first time I have ever knit anything like this. I also cast on and finished a sheep for my sister-in-law's niece's new baby. And, if time is permitting maybe all my children will find a knitted pal in their stockings. :)
|the mischief maker|