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add washing wool in hot water to my ever-growing hobbies… March 31, 2010

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It is true.

Ever since my slippers… and then when Feltique was given from Santa over the holidays….

I am obsessed with finding wool to wash.  Sometimes its wool yarn, but lately it’s 100% wool sweaters.

The possibilities are endless with all that felt.

One is this cutey flower brooch I just made as a lil Easter present…

The three layers on blue felt (former sweater) are sandwiched between a pin on the back and some wool roving I needle-felted into the center.

Mmm spring!

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hands down, my favorite knitting project ever. February 17, 2010

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B taught me to knit years ago.

She is a patient teacher.

Usually I knit scarves.  I usually can only handle knit stitches.  I tried knitting and purling once, but it was exhausting.  It would take me all winter to finish my scarf. 

This year I needed a new plan.

Something that was more exciting… and frankly turned out better then my boring scarves with dropped stitches everywhere.

Back in September I read this post on CRAFT.  I starred it on my reader and exclaimed with glee… I CAN DO THIS!

Off I went to the craft store to pick up some 100% wool yarn.  This is {pretty much} the biggest detail you need to follow about this project.

The instructions for your elf slippers can be found here.  This link also includes sizing information.  I made mine one size larger  then I normally wear.  That turned out perfect because I needed two washings {on warm with towels} for my slippers to appropriately felt to my liking.

The youtube video on how to fold and stitch your slippers is near the bottom of the instructions.  This was VERY helpful to me when I was at this step.

I made two pairs of slippers this fall.  A trial pair was for me,

and a second pair was a Christmas gift for an awesome friend.  🙂

Her’s came out REALLY well, and I was quite impressed with myself!

There are many awesome things about these slippers:

{I will only name a few}

1.  you look like an elf while wearing them.

2.  they cost approx $5 to make a pair if you don’t include your time.

3.  your stitches don’t have to be perfect.  seriously.  it will all felt together anyway!

4.  you only need to know the one basic stitch.

5. can be made using 1, 2, or 3 colors

6.  easily washed after you have worn them a bunch.  like any wool though, only wash in cold water and don’t put them in the dryer.

7.   no crazy pattern, just straight knitting

8.  they are crazy cute AND cozy.  make excellent footwear while sitting by the fire or watching the olympics!

 

crafting: evergreen trees January 17, 2010

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remember the other day?  when I told you we repurpose our Christmas tree trunks?

{and now remember you probably thought, d, you are crazy?}

Well let me show you what I made during the month of December as presents for a few very important people….

Evergreen Trees for the winter months:

That’s right, these go beautifully on your winter tablescape… (as well as forests surrounding your Christmas villages)…

You will need three different height pieces of trunk.  (recommended 5, 9 and 12″ in height.)  All the cuts need to be clean and you may need to trial and error their ability to stand up.  Don’t worry if there are stubbles of branches or anything, that actually ends up being really great.

You will also need a hot glue gun and some green felt.  I use anywhere from 3-4 different shades of green.  I also get that nice wool felt from the store and look for ones with color variations within the fibers.

I pre-cut some felt into rectangles so that I can glue all at the same time.  Pieces should be between 1/2 and an inch wide AND 1.25″ and 1.75″ in length.  Variations in sizes amongst colors is best!

{bowl of felt rectangles}

 

{beginning the third of my lil group}

Now I cut one large triangle out of felt to use as my glue-ing base.  Use your trunk to measure the size of this and tack it onto your wood trunk.  Leave the bottom flaired out, like you are putting a skirt on your tree. {see how actually having the beginning of branches like in the example above would help?}

 Then, you start from the bottom.  Put glue on one of the short sides of your felt piece and attach to the  felt background.  Continue, but remember to overlap your pieces.  Also remember to use all the colors randomly and work all the way around your trees.

Tops can be as pointy as you would like.  Use some of the smaller rectangles to overlap up there.

I made lots for friends and family, but the idea really took flight last winter when I made some for me !

Here they are:

{remember where this lil owl is from?}

And here they are as part of our winter mantle this month….

 

who knows, maybe we will even one day get some snow!