I have never had the heart to intentionally felt my own knits. Part of the appeal of hand knitting, to me, is being able to say, “I made that!” for each and every little stitch. The thought of rubbing those individual stitches — worked so carefully by my own hands — into undefined oblivion is, well, unbearable.
The crafting potential of felt, however, is quite bearable and even delightful. Betz White’s work is full of felted cuteness.
So why is the Goodwill store great? Because you can get 100% wool, non-hand-knit sweaters for cheap. In other words, knits that can be felted without grief!
I got these two beauts for just $10 total:
After one run through the washing machine on hot with an old pair of jeans for extra agitation, they looked like this:
The parts around the seams and zipper felted unevenly and buckled badly. It looked like they had felted enough to keep from unraveling, so I cut out the seams and zipper to give the fabric a chance to re-felt as flat pieces.
It was interesting to see the anatomy of a raglan cardigan when the side and sleeve seams were cut:
Now to decide what to do with all this felt. Cute is not enough. It must still be practical. A cupcake pincushion would be fun. My iPod could use a sleeve. A bag or scarf would be quick and easy to whip up.
Have any of you made stuff from felted recycled sweaters?
Do you have any ideas to share?