Monday, September 29, 2008

Can Used Be Saved?

My old Swing Coat is used. . I thought I'd love it. Never did. I wored it once or twice. It itched me something terrible. I put it on again the other night to be sure I hated it. Oh I sure did. The top button wouldn't come undone and I began to panic that I may have to cut myself out of the whole mess. Somehow I got away from the horrible yarn (Noro, I dare say. Gorgeous but like a brillo pad to wear against my skin)

Then I took the plunge and threw it in the washer to be felted. Joany, my friend encouraged me at the zoo the other day. After two good washings in a pillow case, with a pair of jeans as everyone says you should, I took it out.

It was so pretty felted together. All my mental lapses that resulted in glaring "issues" were gone. I know had something that I am determined to get a vest out of. It will involve some sewing.....but not by me! I think it will be wonderful.

The only thing we planted this year were pumpkins. They took over the whole garden with their gorgeous yellow blooms. I have a salvaged sweater vest and my own pumpkins. I'm a lucky one.

(I just tried this Cowboy Caviar at a party. I loved it. THere are many variations available. Here is the one we had a my neice's party:

Cowboy Caviar

3/4 cup oil
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar

Can garbanzo beans
Can black beans
Chopped celery
chopped green pepper
chopped red pepper
canned corn

Toss the dressing over the vegeatables. Chill awhile and enjoy with tortilla chips. MMMMMM.)

I'll talk to you in the comments. :)


Katherine said...

Felting! Great idea. I was looking at a pair of lime green socks that were accidentally washed and felted and I almost threw them away. Maybe I can make something out of them. The cowboy caviar sounds good too!

evergreenknits said...

Omigosh, you are so brave to take that felting plunge! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Nell said...

I'm making a laptop cover out of an old sweater that I felted. I hope out sewing projects come out OK!

Wool Winder said...

A felted Noro vest sounds like a winner. Can't wait to see it.

rita said...

That sounds so much better than "real" caviar. I've had that a few times and I think it's awful.

Marcia said...

A vest AND pumpkins! What a lucky girl! I'm thinking of planting pumpkins in my front flower bed. Maybe it's the one thing deer won't eat. Here's hoping....

Beverly said...

I love Noro but also find it a bit scratchy. I use it for cardigans that way I can wear something under it.

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