I often tell people that having hobbies is my hobby. It’s like crafting ADD. I start one project and then get interested in something new. I never get great at anything, but I have fun along the way.
For example, I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet for a while (it was a goal in 2009, actually). So, I signed up for a class in January. It was fun and I’ve been trying to make time to practice. And I picked out the most lovely turquoise yarn, it’s yummy. I’m still learning… I cannot quite get the turnaround. (Kellie – can you fly in and help a sista’ out?)
But, then a friend told me about a free motion quilting class. So, the following weekend, I went to that class. We were having fun. Here are photos of Stephanie and I.
But, during the class, a student showed us mittens she made from recycled felted wool sweaters. They looked similar to these lovlies from Etsy seller PlyTextiles.
I know, awesome, right?
Well, by this point I had forgotten all about quilting. Felting sweaters was on my mind. I love the idea that I can make something beautiful and useful out of recycled sweaters from Goodwill.
So, I grabbed the pattern and swung by Goodwill on the way home. I walked out with 10 wool sweaters. 😉 I don’t do anything low-key. I also picked up a fleece blanket to use for the lining of the mittens. Talk about a green project. =)
I looked up instructions to felt, cut them apart and washed them. (Here’s the link to the felting info, if you are interested like me.)
They really shrunk up a lot. The sweaters I found included Express, Lands End, Abercrombie, Columbia….I felt a little strange cutting them up. These are my favorite sweaters that I found.
This is about the point that everything went downhill.
I tried to make these adorable mittens for which I had a pattern. Colossal fail. They were uneven, lumpy and HUGE. I was torked. But, when I took them apart, I figured I’d put something smaller together to practice. I cut these hearts out to make a little hanging for our front door.