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crazycatladymel
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2005 07:47:21 PM »

I know it's simple, but I was thinking of using the "discarded" sleeves for pin cushions.
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betsyjean79
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2005 04:37:36 AM »

You can also make mittens out of them as seen here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=8;action=display;threadid=4861
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2005 06:14:06 AM »

Thanks for sharing that! Now I have an excuse to pick up one of those patterned wool sweaters at the thrift store (the though of unravelling... no way!).
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2005 11:10:56 AM »

Well, I have to say, this is a really really neat idea! I thought it was so neat that I took what was going to be a boring trip to bellevue, wa, and turned it into a tour of the local goodwill stores! It's a bit of a ritzy area, kinda, and There were lots of 100% wool sweaters, many fair isle and color patterns, which I was hoping for. I got 15 altogether!  Oh man... I overdid it just a bit, but now I do have a lot to work with. The two largest and floppiest sweaters refused to felt at all, just let off all kinds of fuzz into my landlady's washing machine.. (Can you say "Panic"?) but several of the sweaters really felted up nice. If you go looking for sweaters to felt, I'd keep in mind that even if it is 100% wool and hand wash or dry clean only, that doesn't automatically mean that It is going to felt nice. Get a few different sweaters, and one of them at least should felt good. I used the spin cycle and the dryer on hot for all my sweaters, and it didn't seem to hurt them a bit, by the way.....  I am not to the point of making bags yet, but I'll post here when i get some done.... (prolly ONE done.. haha)  Oh yeah, also, when looking at thrift stores, don't forget to look in the Women's sweaters, the men's sweaters, and the children's sweaters sections.. I found lots in all three categories.  And if you have a "rich people" town in your area, go there... (more wool!)   And, if you look through this current issue (it's mid sept now) of Interweave knits, they have a felted bag in there that shows how good a ebroidered-then-felted bag can look.... great for plain sweaters!  I'm so inspired!  Ok that's all for now... I'm looking forward to getting going on making these bags!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2005 11:51:20 AM »

100% wool could be superwash -- treated to prevent felting. It's clearly marked when you buy yarn, but I've never seen it on a sweater label. I'm prepared now -- forgot all about that.
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Chihiro
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2005 12:24:25 PM »

my sweater is in the wash...i can't wait to try this!  thanks for posting this debzzzbee! Smiley
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2005 04:44:53 PM »


Great idea! I,ll be making these and a bag now. I,ve tried to knit mittens but need more practice so these will work for now. Thanks for the tip!
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2005 04:46:34 PM »

my sweater is in the wash...i can't wait to try this!  thanks for posting this debzzzbee! Smiley
Your Welcome....please post a pic when your done I,d love to see it!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2005 06:52:33 AM »

I felted a patterned sweater over the weekend, and plan to use it to make a sweater for my brother's dog.
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2005 12:20:32 PM »

Those look really nice!  I finally found a wool sweater, so I,ll be posting mine soon too. Did you hand sew yours or use a sewing machine?
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