"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home."
- Edith Sitwell
It's also the time for a warm woolen sweater!
I once had such a sweater. A lovely cashmere and angora blend that I'd picked up at a thrift store for next to nothing. It felt luxurious and soft... Sigh!
Perhaps, "had" is not the right word. I still have it. Although, now, it isn't quite what one thinks of when hearing the word sweater.
You see, my husband was trying to help me with the laundry one day and... well, you can probably guess the rest.
Wool sweater + hot dryer = one really shrunken sweater.
Now, I've been told that if you purposely toss a wet woolen sweater into a hot dryer, and wait for it to become child sized, it's call "felting".
(However, if you accidentally do the same thing, it's called a lot of other things... most of which I couldn't possibly put into print here!)
"Felting" shrinks the wool in a way that makes it so tightly woven together that it will no longer unravel when cut.
After learning about felting , and being the "one-part-thrifty-packrat" and "one-part-recycler" that I am, I just couldn't bear to throw the sweater away.
There had to be something I could make from it.
And, last week, after listening to my husband complain about his cold ankles, and being pretty chilly myself, I figured out what that "something" was.
Here's how I did it.
Step 1: Remove Sleeves
First, I carefully cut the stitching between the sleeves and the body of the sweater in order to remove the sleeves.
Then, I stay stitched 1/2" away from the top of the sleeve all the way around. (Stay stitching keeps the fabric from stretching as you work on it)
I ended up with two pieces that looked like this.