Tuesday, February 12, 2008
somebunny loves you!
This little guy was hand sewn using an old cashmere pants and sweater set that had long outlived its usefulness. In fact it was full of moth holes. So I washed it in the washing machine to try to felt the holes closed, but that didn't happen. It did shrink up a bit, but the holes were everywhere still. When I got ready to do this, I washed it one more time, but it still wasn't really felted. I cut out the pieces that could be salvaged, and boiled them in the spaghetti pot on the stove, to be sure that no little moth-babies were still alive. I dried the pieces in the clothes dryer for one last attempt at felt, but it was still quite soft and not very thick.
I traced a picture of a knit bunny from Last Minute Knitted Gifts as my pattern and adapted that idea into a flat rather than rounded shape, and I drew the face. Then I just hand-stitched the whole thing.
Kristen received it on a very tired Saturday evening after several stressful weeks in a row, and she fell in love with his sad little face.
And I still have enough pieces of semi-felted cashmere to make maybe a kitty cat!