Monday, November 24, 2008

Welcome, Winter!

After an unusually warm night, here's what I woke up to this morning:

snow day

snow day2

And it's still coming down! In recent years, we've been hoping for snow right up until Christmas. They say that this year we'll have an abundance of snow. YEAH! It's so beautiful! Welcome, winter. Bring it on!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sewing Can Wait...and Other Responsible Thoughts...

I CANNOT WAIT to start cutting out my felted wool pieces for my blanket. But first, I have some work to do in my studio (orders must go out!) and then some quick grocery shopping (I realized during breakfast this morning that the swallow of milk left in the jug isn't going to last much longer...).

I CAN'T WAIT! By the way, after a short web search this morning, I can't find the previously located directions on to back my blanket with pieced flannel. Any ideas? So, yes...I will be winging it. Wish me luck...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let the Felting Begin!

Winter has me wanting to pull out all of the blankets and snuggle in for the cold weather. And yes, it is COLD here in Wisconsin. With temps dropping into the teens at night (not including the wind chill), we need as many cozy blankets as we can get.

So, I'm making a nice wool and flannel blanket. And the best part is that it's made of sweaters and shirts and pajama pants that I cleared from our closet and drawers this week. YEAH!

Here's the pre-washed pile of sweaters before the felting began:

sweaters 1

sweaters 2

After a run through the washer (a hot water wash and a cold water rinse) and then a cycle through the dryer, they shrunk down nice and tight and thick. Now they're ready to be cut into squares. I'm so excited!