So I picked up this cute little toddler sweater at a yard sale, thinking that I liked the stripey colours and it would be a good candidate for a first Reclaimed Yarn project. I'll unravel the sweater and crochet something cool, like a striped owl, I thought.
Suuuuure you will, cooed the sweater evilly.
Having never unravelled a sweater before, I didn't think to look at the seams until I consulted a tutorial about how to unravel a sweater...
...and alas. The sweater is not, as I'd stupidly assumed, made from variegated yarn, but from a billion different coloured yarns tied together at the ends of the rows with knots. :| So now, instead of reclaimed yarn, I have...a small amount of cute striped cloth that happens to be in a sweater shape? Which isn't useless, I might try to make a plush from the sleeves and maybe a little purse from the body. But I wanted yarn. Lesson re: buying sweaters to unravel before checking if they're unravel-able? Learned.
In things-that-were-more-successful news, I tried needle felting a design onto commercially produced wool felt yesterday, and am kind of in love with the process. It's almost like drawing, there's so much more control over colour and shape than with needle felting onto crochet, or onto the surface of another needle-felted piece. The photo above is the back side of the piece (which is going to be a bookmark for a Swap-Bot swap) I made. Once I figure out the best way to reinforce it, it can be on its way, and should be showing up right-side-visible on Friday.
In the way of more annoyingly-mysterious swap-related business, here's my Craftster-swap monster, held up by Annoying Sewing Bits.
...Same goes for this amigurumi. I'm putting this photo up in hopes that it will spur me on to finish it for Friday.
And my food-in-progress, the sprouting adzuki beans. I like how the leaves on the sprouts look like tiny mermaid tails. I may declare this a finished object tonight and throw them in a salad and do another batch of lentils---these are pretty, but the lentils had a much better sprout-to-bean ratio and sprouted faster. What I really want to try next is some alfalfa, the photo of alfalfa sprouts on the tutorial I used is so pretty.