Wednesday, February 9, 2011

It's What I've Been Working on Wednesday! Heart trivet potholders

I starting making these a few weeks ago, and oddly enough it wasn't because Valentine's Day is approaching. It just occurred to me that a heart is the perfect shape for a potholder trivet. Here's the backs. I'll explain why they are all different.

I started out with this one... a pain in the you-know-what to line up the finger pouches. I pinned them in place before sewing, but they still managed to move around on me. At least they were still function, or at least I thought, until a friend with smaller hands than me said they were too big & her fingers slipped out of them.

Next I made these. The finger pockets are closer together, so good for small & big hands! .... but they are still wonky & unsymetrical :(

Then, I saw this design on a craft website, and voila!... a little sloppy on my stitching here, but symetrical pockets! I just need to make them a little closer together now, for the small of hand.

Jack has been loving his cashmere solar system pillow, but informed me that I really needed to add Pluto (it's a dwarf planet, you know!), and it made him sad that Pluto wasn't there. See the smallest brown circle at the end? That's Pluto. I added him last night, and all is happy again in Jackville.

Here's a sneak peek at what i'm working on, but haven't finished... a blanket made of my favorite scraps. More on that in a future What I've Been Working on Wednesday!

So, what have you been working on? Feel free, as always, to post your finished recycled wool projects on my Facebook page. I love to see them! :)


Anonymous said...

OMG, I love these! What a great use for the parts of sweaters I have leftover after purses and hats and stuff...I wonder if one could patchwork these and use smaller scraps, even?

Thanks for the post!

aihley said...

I love these so much! So awesome! Totally making these with the bigger scraps!!

Mary Keenan said...

The trivets are so cute! love the idea of using them for potholders too but even without the finger pockets the two separated pieces on the underside look like adorable little broken hearts (which is what I thought they were at first, in a 'trivets that reflect your mood' manner, whereby the user can decide which side goes up for any given pot of tea, heh.)

Resweater said...

greenmomintheburbs, these would totally look cute made out of scraps!

Mary, too funny! That never occurred to me, but I can see it now... just needs to be cut with pinking shears on the "broken" parts.

Heather said...

Love your heart shaped potholders. What a fun idea.

Courtney said...

Love these! I just started a little rug hooking group for elementary school kids and one of the kids brought in sweaters and socks and such. Doesn't work so well for the rugs. But, we can finish off with these pot holders! Thanks so much!

Anudja said...

So cute! I have small hands and these look like they'll be perfect! I'm working on my first recycled sweater blanket and can't wait to see yours. What are you going to use as the backing fabric?

Resweater said...

Anudja, I'm backing it up with a wool blanket. It's going to be super warm!