I feel kind of bad. Here I am, third-place winner for Best Blog About Crafting and I haven’t put up a crafting post in an age. Sorry about that. But rest assured I’m working hard on two major projects. They’re just the sort of long-term ones that don’t make for exciting blogging.
Two people who are very dear to me are getting married this summer. My eldest brother, Krystopf, ties the knot in early July, and my high school best friend, Doodle, gets hitched in mid-June. I am making both of their wedding presents, and both of them are blankets.
Doodle and her soon-to-be husband, The Cyclist, live in Portland, Oregon, a place with weather very similar to what it is here in St. John’s. By that I mean, windy and rainy. So an ideal present would be one that encourages cuddling and coziness, right? And we know from previous experience that felted wool is the coziest of them all.
When we were in Ottawa over Christmas, the Pie and I scoured the local second-hand stores to acquire as many genuine lambswool, merino, and cashmere sweaters as we could, in a specific range of colours. Doodle and I agreed on red, white, blue, and black, as sort of a combination of Canadian and American colours (and black goes with everything). I wanted to do something a bit different with this blanket, and have the colours sort of blend into each other, rather than have a pattern of alternating coloured squares. So it’s going to be a bit trickier than normal.
Here you can see our initial haul (and Gren). This is the colour scheme I am going with. You can see that the main colours are represented at the corners, and then they blend through the other colours in the middle. Like a square colour wheel.
Now, if you feel like undertaking a similar project, I just want to give you a heads-up first. A lot of up-cycling and recycling projects are economical and a good way to save money. This is not one of them. A 100% wool or cashmere sweater, even second-hand, will run you between $9 and $14, depending on the quality and size, and for this project, we will be using approximately 25 sweaters. So you can do the math there.
I felted all the sweaters while at my parents’ house (to take advantage of the fact that they were footing the power bill), and we mailed the sweaters back to ourselves in St. John’s.
Then I dismantled them. I carefully cut out all the seams, so all the pieces of sweater lay flat.
I’m saving the seams. I think they would make good toy stuffing material.
Here are all the sweaters, officially laid out in their colour wheel.
The sweater in the middle will serve as my keystone, if you will, and then I’ll use the rest of it to construct some baby toys for some wee ones I get to meet this summer.
Now I have to start cutting out the pieces. I want to do it more as a puzzle or interlocking oblongs than as simple squares, so I’m going to have to work out some ratios so that all the pieces will fit together nicely. I will keep you posted.