Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A goldmine of recycled wool projects

While surfing the web last week for Recycled wool ideas, and artists, I found this blog entry that was chock full of recycled wool tutorials & craft idea links. All of the pictures here are from the projects listed there.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Park Rose Pretties

I am so excited to feature this Etsy shop, Park Rose Pretties!!! Molly's quilts are stunning, and her potholders cute & whimsical! Her quilts are the sort of thing I want to carry around a picture of, so when people crinkle up their noses & say "People make things with old sweaters? Um, how interesting." in a non interested way, I can say "See!", and the oohs & ahs will begin! You're oohing & ahhing right now, aren't you? ;)

Monday, September 28, 2009

South Hill Designs

Now that fall is here the wood floors get a little more chilly every morning, and my mind turns to slippers. These Swocks (recycled wool sweater socks) are perfect for chilly toes! I often see recycled wool slippers for babies & children, but Shelly of South Hill Designs Etsy shop makes them for us grownups too! Aren't they adorable? In addition to her Swocks, you will find recycled wool baby hats and mini purses in her shop.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

And the winner is.......

As most of you know, we were doing a giveaway for this gorgeous pillow from The Lavendar Tree's Etsy shop. I went to to find our winner, and here it is....

Generator 27

Number 27 is Cindy. Cindy, i'm going to forward your email address to Ann, and she can go from there!

Thank you so much Ann for your generous giveaway, and thank you all who have participated!

Eta: I have no idea why the counter is now saying 1-100, when I did 1-29. I copied & pasted it from

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Brenda Abdullah

The talent displayed in these gorgeous, funky, recycled wool clothes is undeniable! Brenda has over 25 years experience in designing, first as a custom dressmaker, and now as an artist, and it shows! To view more examples of her work visit her
Gallery/Portfolio website, or her Etsy shop.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Moth & Squirrel

I am in love with these softies & hats! You too? Want to see more? Go to Moth & Squirrel's Etsy shop!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mountain Girl Clothing

It's becoming cooler with fall being here, so my mind turns away from recycled wool, and turns toward, um.... more recycled wool! This Etsy shop should be on everyone's fall shopping list. At Mountain Girl Clothing Etsy shop you can find beautiful fair isle cowls, & fun funky leg warmers... I heart leg warmers :) Since the cowls are in the basic shape of a pouch sling, and they are lined with t-shirt material, I bet they could serve as a pouch sling baby carrier in a pinch too!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another giveaway??!! Yep!

Etsy shop Felt Artistic, just made their 50th sale, so Heather is celebrating with a giveaway! The winner will receive, a journal cover, a yummy little pincushion, a coffee cuff and a choice of fingerless gloves from the shop! Guess what they are made out of? You betcha... recycled wool! Click here to go to her blog for all the rules & details! Hurry... this contest ends tomorrow!

Did you sign up for the other giveaways yet? Go here and here for details!

The easiest recycled wool project ever, DIY baby hat

Looks like just a sleeve, right? Well it is. A merino wool sleeve that has been felted (run through a hot wash) then cut off to be exact. That was the hardest step. Really, I mean it. Next step? Tie the end with the cuff in a knot.

Next step.... roll the bottom twice.

There. You're done. You just made an eco friendly, inexpensive, soft, insulated, cozy baby/toddler hat from a recycled natural fiber! I challenge you to find an easier recycled wool project ;) From here you can embellish it in a million different ways, but you don't have to. This looks much cuter on a real baby, but I didn't have one available, so my son's old doll Soupy volunteered. Merino is thin, soft, & stretchy, so a great material to work with. Sizing the hat? Well, that depends on the size of the sweater & how much it felts, but you can judge pretty good just by looking at the sleeve. Like I said, it is stretchy, so sizing doesn't have to be exact, and you can always run it through another hot wash to felt it more if it's too big. You can make newborn through toddler sizes, and beyond, depending on the size of the sweater/sleeves.

Kinda makes you want to run to my Artfire shop & buy all my merino sweaters, eh? ;)