socked 2

Another pair of bedsocks for a birthday.

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These were tough to felt! Regular hot soapy water hand agitation did nothing. They ended up boiling in soapy water while being mistreated with a potato masher, then cold-shocked, then back in the hot pot…for an hour. Finally 45 minutes tumbling in a hot dryer. Pretty resistant for 85% wool, 15% mohair!

 

 

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socked

Bedsocks for a January birthday, using a skein of handspun, hand-dyed (not by me!) yarn from the stash. Semi-felted to retain more flexibility. It’s been years since my last attempt at knitting socks and I knew these would never be finished in time that way, so I did what you do and searched the interwebs for other possibilities. What I found and used was this free pattern: https://zoomyummy.com/2015/07/29/the-easiest-knitted-socks-ever-diy/

The socks pre-felting.

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And finished.

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According to the recipient they are “wonderful.”   : )

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tuxedo smock

Found several tuxedo shirts at the flea—the kind that need button studs (like cufflinks for the front). I’ve always loved these white shirts, so I bought 3 (at $1 each!) and thought I’d play around. On this one the collar and cuffs were horribly big and stiff, and the pleating had come partially undone. I removed the collar and the cuffs, and was inspired by a tiny hot pink button I had to do the stitching and sewing of the rest of the plain buttons. Unfortunately we never had the weather this fall to wear this…maybe in the spring!

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jingled!

A felted and needle-felted little winter tree made of vintage sweaters, decked for the holidays with old Czech glass beads, some roving snow and a jingle bell.

Happy holidays and a merry crafty New Year.

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showing up…

will be various items of jewelry and cat toys!

Scraps of felted or just recycled sweaters and scarves in cashmere, merino, alpaca, and lambswool plus odd bits and beach finds crafted into various cat toys (with home grown catnip or jingle bells), and all kinds of jewelry.

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Show up!

Joining two other artist-crafters for a show Dec. 2. Stop by if you’re in the area!

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spool stool

I picked up a cable spool from the roadside a while ago and used it over the winter as a plant stand. Sitting on the bench in the screen porch recently I wanted to put my feet up, and realized the spool is the right height.

Some leftover primer and exterior paint, an over-the-top floral fabric sample and leftover upholstery stuffing, and some really fun handwoven band I received as a gift…eh voila! The perfect screen porch footstool.

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winged booklet

Long incubation for the cover after inside came together quickly.

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color blocks pillow

The pillow at its new lake cottage home in Finland!

Felted wool from recycled sweaters hand and machine stitched, with needle-felting and embroidery.

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shoreline brooch

Felted wool (from a vintage sweater) framing a found bit of beach art, beaded and stitched.

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