Monday, November 19, 2007

the sweater saga



so 10 years ago, i bought a humongous wool sweater in england at this cool little shoppe. i've only worn it like, twice because it is so huge. (so why did you buy it?) it was the '90s, you know grunge and everything was so oversized. i was trying to figure out what to do with it, because i want to wear it. i thought, maybe if i sew in new seams with yarn and cut off the excess, but i was afraid of it unravelling. what to do. what to do. then it came to me: shrink it in the wash! it's wool. wool shrinks. so saturday night i set out to do just that. i put it in the washer on hot and watched the entire cycle. i shoved a key into that slot thingy to keep it running with the lid open. then i put it in the dryer. i was hoping to felt it, but it kindof got half-felted. not that it's weird or anything. so it's really close now, but a little boxy. so i might go ahead and take it in a little more. but it's still scratchy. maybe too much work for a sweater, i don't know. i'm hanging on to it because of the memories, but i'd still like to wear it.

4 comments:

embee said...

make a pillow out of it - run it through a hot wash again, and again until its completely felted. when you felt sometimes you have to run it through multiple times.

tinka tinka what said...

just how many band-aids ARE you wearing in that first picture?

morninglory kitsch said...

that would be 4. my skin gets really dry and cracks on the knuckles of my right hand. good thing i don't live up north - i'd have to just have a cast on my hand for 4 months a year.

tinkerwiththis said...

that's the saddest thing i've heard.