Friday, January 5, 2007

Happy Friday!

Aah, Friday, finally. This seemed like a long week, not sure why. Headed off to visit family for the weekend, but wanted to share this little project with you first. These are yet another Christmas gift. I made these potholders for my SIL, and had planned to do many more sets, but this is all that got done. There's always next year I guess!

I started by knitting wool yarn into a square. I was shooting for a 12"x12" square, but I ran out of yarn before I got there, and I refused to use more than one skein per potholder. Then I threw them in the wash to felt. I actually had a hard time getting this yarn to felt for some reason. I ended up putting baking soda in the machine and that did the trick. After felting they were all strange shaped, which I expected. So I cut them down to a uniform shape and whip stitched the edge so it didn't fray. I added a loop, and was done. I really like how they turned out, but I think if I try to do these again I will just find wool sweaters to felt instead. It is a much cheaper alternative to buying wool yarn. I bought the yarn on sale, but these each probably cost me $4-5. Still a pretty inexpensive gift though.

Before felting

Finished product

I wanted to comment on a couple of the comments I got on yesterday's post! The green leaf bolster pillow was made from a sheet I got at a thrift store...I'm really proud of that find, so just wanted to brag about it - sorry!! The granny square afghan was made by my Great-Grandmother, whom I did have the pleasure of knowing. She passed away when I was about 7 or 8. I remember visiting her in the nursing home. She would always have an apple or an orange or something to give us. She was the "up hill both ways to school" kind of story teller. Now I wish I had been older and could have gotten to know her better. Her son, my grandfather, passed away when my mom was 7, so she was my only link to that part of my heritage. Anyway, I am really glad I have this blanket to remember her by. I especially love the colors in this one...most of the other blankets that she made were some pretty nasty 70's colors!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!


Vallen said...

Love the pot holders but you're right, using the old sweater trick is much more economical. I've also made those little handle covers from sweaters. Way easier with the sweater. Have a fun weekend.

becki said...
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becki said...

Thank you for the wonderful comment. I will have to leave out that purse so I can look at it daily. Hopefully that will help me decide what it needs or what it can do without. Your pot holders are grand! I only wish I knew how to knit! I only learned to crochet, so maybe one of these days I will grab a book and try to teach myself. Hope you have a magical weekend!

PS- is it as cold up in ND as it is down in SD?? Maybe it's just me, or perhaps I have been spoiled by the unseasonably warm weather!!

amandajean said...

hope you have a fun weekend. is a Gopher trip involved? I hope so for your sake. :)
The pot holders are cool...I am dying to try felting...never have and I need to just jump right in...soon! What kind of yarn would you recommend? Or what kind of yarn wouldn't you recommend?