2.08.2012

Shrinking Sweaters
Is Not Always Bad



I have a new obsession.
It might seem a little odd since I live in Florida.
But I can’t help myself.

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It’s wool sweaters!

I am addicted to felting the wool. Have you heard of felting?
Just think of that nice cashmere sweater that your husband threw in the wash.
And it came out looking like something that would fit a toddler.

He felted it for you!

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These are all nicely felted and ready to be made into something else.
The great thing is, you can cut them up and they don’t unravel. 
Sometimes they need to be washed more then once. 
Hot wash, cold rinse. I throw in an old towel to help with agitation.

sweaters to felta before felting

I keep searching for different colors and patterns.
I even found a hounds tooth wool skirt in some great earthy shades.

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I’m loving the orange in this sweater.
Here it is after I washed it. Fuzzy softness.

Some I will put aside for projects next fall. 
Hey,I’m stocking up.

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This one had these amazing pearl beads sewn onto the front.
I removed them before washing so it would shrink evenly.

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Now I am searching for some bright and fun colors for spring and summer.
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I found just a few at Goodwill yesterday. 
Half off day!
I wish you could feel the softness. :)


24 comments:

  1. I had the most beautiful sweater that I paid a fortune for at Anthropologie or some such place...darn, I should've kept it!

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  2. I'm starting that too! I hit Goodwill but only pick up the items that are 50% off.

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  3. How awesome Anita! I shop the Goodwill often for all kinds of things. I think I have re bought a few of my own sweaters LOL.

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  4. It sounds like a lot of fun! I never guy anything wool~too itchy, but I think I'd like felting. That cable knit sweater would make some fun winter-y things.

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  5. Oh, what a great idea! I've never felted but love the look of it! Can't wait to see what you do with your bounty!!

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  6. I'm anxious to see what you do with them. It makes me think back to my high school years of washing those sweaters, by hand, in the sink with Woolite. Then I'd roll them in a towel to absorb the water and then block them out of a towel on the kitchen table to dry. It was a long process, but less expensive than dry cleaning.

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  7. Wool is too itchy for me to wear & as a life-long southwest Florida resident my sweaters lean more to thin cotton than wool. It seems the thrifts are full of the cast-offs from northern transplants so you can get them for a good price.

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  8. Anita, I love things made out of felted wool! That orange sweater is awesome! Have fun!

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  9. Can you tell me what you make out of them once they've been felted? I've never heard of this.

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  10. Morning Anita....*insert energetic waving here*

    I hope you've been well Love....!

    I have a tiny felted elephant that I found at the market.... When I bought him the plan was to buy some jumpers & have a go at making him some Friends....Alas, this hasn't happened....Though your LOVELY pile of felted goodness may just be the inspiration I need to get back to it....!!!!!

    Happy felting,
    Tamarah :o)

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  11. can't wait to see what you create! I felted one of my sweaters, but not sure what I should create...maybe mittens?

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  12. I'm allergic to wool so can't wear it but LOVE soft fuzzy sweaters and things made with them. Photos of such just make my heart melt - can't wait to see what you create, Anita.

    xoxo

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  13. I love the touch of wool sweaters but they make me itch unfortunately. Wish they didn't because they are toasty warm on a damp, cool day. Can't wait to see what you do with these.

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  14. Beautiful sweaters....such wonderful colors! Can't wait to see what you create with them!!!
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :O)

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  15. I love felted things and these sweaters are so pretty! I can't wait to see what you make with them.
    xoxo

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  16. So what are you making???

    I admire your craftiness - I am so uncrafty.

    Caron

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  17. heh, you have quite the stash. Love that orange one, I can see a darling felted pumpkin from it.
    What do you do about the little fuzz bits on them? I'm so tired of picking them off by hand.

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  18. What are you making with these?

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  19. Can't wait to see the finished projects. xoxo t

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  20. I like that orange one! So what are you doing with this new found addiction?

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    1. Looks like you have a good pile of wonderful days of felting ahead..there are some amazing books and blogs out there,
      I am sure you are up on all that good stuff!
      Xo

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  22. You are so creative :) I love this idea ;)

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