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post #21 of 38
Thread Starter 
Sleeplessmommy, I can see you spend your nights thinking up crazy but resourceful ideas! I added them to the list!

Mavis, I would love to see your Christmas stockings and ornaments. Any chance you could share a picture?
post #22 of 38
Sure! I have to work today( and get them out of storage) but I'll link some pictures tomorrow.
post #23 of 38
Share them!
post #24 of 38
I just made a cat toy for my brother's cat out of felted sweater scraps. I cut two pieces in the shape of a fish, sewed them together and stuffed with organic catnip.
post #25 of 38
Hopefully the links work. There wasn't a lot of sun when I took the photo's.
I couldn't find the ornaments but I found the stockings. I didn't post my husbands stocking because the picture was bad. I guess that's what I get for snapping quick pictures....

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mavis77/65541620/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mavis77/65541624/
post #26 of 38
OOhh Mavis those are beautiful. them!!!

great ideas ladies

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post #27 of 38
Thank you!
post #28 of 38
Thread Starter 
Mavis, those stockings are so sweet! Great job! I posted this yesterday, I thought, the computer must have hiccupped.
post #29 of 38
Mavis, are the designs on the stockings your own or also recycled from other sweaters? They're beautiful!
post #30 of 38
Thank you!
My own designs.


What about making pot holders or oven mitts ?
post #31 of 38
Does wool provide enough of a heat barrier to use as an oven mitt?
post #32 of 38
Not sure, never tried it. I do have a book called Felted Knits and she has patterns for oven mitts. So, maybe a couple of layers of a felted sweater might work.
post #33 of 38
40. Cage liner for a hamster :-) Mouse nesting material

THAT is funny! I didn't see this listed but may have missed it. I've seen baby overalls made from old sweaters. They are really cute!
post #34 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by westernmamomma
Does wool provide enough of a heat barrier to use as an oven mitt?
I agree with Mavis, the wool just needs to be thick enough. It is naturally fire-resistant, that is a plus for my kitchen where half the potholders are scorched and singed.


Quote:
Originally Posted by ilikethedesert
40. Cage liner for a hamster :-) Mouse nesting material

THAT is funny! I didn't see this listed but may have missed it.
: I agree, funny yet resourceful!

Can you compost wool? I am pretty sure you can compost cotton and linen since they are plant fibers. I'm not sure about wool though. Anyone try it?
post #35 of 38
I would think you could compost wool if it weren't in the form of a bulky sweater. Maybe the scraps? I always toss my dog's excess fur after a brushing into the compost and it deteriorates quickly after that. I would think wool would be the same way depending on how it's been treated (not a lot of chemicals).
post #36 of 38
Cut off the arm, sew it under, tie the hand cuff shut with a cord and a jingle bell or ball at the end, and you have a long, cute stocking hat.

If you cut off the top under the sleeves, hem it to keep it from unravelling, then run a cord or ribbon through the bottom, you have a skirt (that would match the hat). The bottom part of the sweater becomes the top of the skirt, see?

I'm in the process of making a sweater blanket. I'll post a pic when I'm done. I'm totally just dumpster diving sweaters out of the dumpster behind the rummage house and the social service league. Plus some of our old, worn out sweaters. I just didn't want to use sweaters that could be used for something else; but these suckers are ready to be made into a blanket to keep me warm!!!!

Lori
post #37 of 38
My five year old and I made a wreath today out of an old wool sweater that was felted We cut it into strips and tied them on a wreath frame alternating the direction of the ties. It turned out really nice. I think we may glue some small pom poms on it as well. We're keen on making more now.

(Our wreath frame was an old tomato cage deconstructed)

Meg
post #38 of 38
Chop the scraps up into little bits and use it for stuffing in your felted wool animals/dolls. Or wind strips of a light-colored sweater into a ball to use as the core of a Waldorf doll head.
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