A Knit Decision

Knitting in Oregon, with other stuff, too, such as crochet, cats, dogs, history, fashion, highly opiniated rants, reading, diabetes, church, life in general, etc. I like circular needles, prefer natural yarns, don't spin, choose small projects, and don't have any one favorite yarn store. I love them all.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

So much to update you on...

I have been here. I have been knitting/crafting.

Inspired by Alterknits and Leigh Radford's creativity, I've been collecting woolen sweaters for about six months now. The good people at Goodwill recognize me. Who else would buy XL mens woolen sweaters in June and July.
This is not a true before shot. I believe that these sweaters are felted/fulled, but not yet carved up for bags, coasters, crafts, etc:
We counted, but I forget how many there actually were. This all took place in early September. Since I got a fancy-dancy new washer, I cannot really felt/full items in the washer -read: the easy way- anymore.
So I trudged off to my mom's house. What a good mom!! It's only all the way across the state.
We felted (fulled) all the sweaters in her washer, using zippered pillow covers to help reduce the felted balls from wandering off.
The above photo is Mom, with the sewing machine that once belonged to her mother, sewing the felted sweaters into bags.
And the below is just bonus cuteness:

This is Chico, the tiny little chihuahua who belongs to my macho step-dad. The human is so macho that he doesn't like to clothe the tiny little shivering dog. This drives me NUTSO!! (The dog is cute, is willing to be dressed, and seems cold a lot. His little ears are cold. With such a cuteness opportunity, it seems so wrong to pass it up!!)

So, out of one of the gorgeous sweaters, this one happens to be cashmere, with an understated cable pattern, I made a little doggie sweater out of one sleeve. Chico seems to like it. I did round the corners off a little more after this photo was taken.

I was tempted to turn the rest of the sweater into a little Chico dog bed, but no. It would be too much for the step-dad.

I left the doggie sweater there. Who knows if it's been worn since I left.

Thanks, Mom, for letting me use your washer, and your sewing machine, and your kitchen table, and your deck to spread out all this stuff.

Oh, and I claim to be the FIRST customer to arrive for the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Stash Sale. I was there at 8:30 am, but was not first in line. I waited in my car for a bit. I met three nice ladies from Seattle. I chatted with the delightful Nan, who was very relieved that I did not have brain cancer (long story). I purchased yarn. I purchased books. I want this to be an annual event, please.


At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Judy said...

Lori! I've been wondering where you were and thinking about you! I'm glad you're OK.

I'm bummed that I didn't see you at the destashing. I guess there were a few people there, eh? You should have come and had breakfast with us!

So... the important question... what did you get??? Let's see! Let's see!

At 11:29 PM, Blogger msubulldog said...

I think Chico in that sweater is just about the most adorable thing I've ever seen! Good work keepin' him warm (and stylish--but don't tell the Man). :)

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

I LOVE the dog sweater...it is hard to find a good looking sweater for a tiny dog. Did you use a pattern? If so, can you tell me where to purchase it at??

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

Sorry, got excited after seeing the pics and did not read the rest of the paragraph. I love it!!

At 5:19 PM, Blogger Lori Rode said...

Theresa, if you want to email me with your physical address, I can send you the other sleeve!! (GRIN!) You can email me at lorirode AT gmail DOT com. Just sqush it all together.


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