. . . it has some sentimental value, so I didn't want to put it to the Charity shop, and I don't want to wear it myself either . . . so what to do with it?
It has some lovely applique detailing . . .
. . . and some nice buttons . . .
Turns out I think they look like coconut husk? . . .
It's made from 80% wool and 20% acrylic. Eureka! - why don't I try to felt it - I've never tried this before but this seemed the perfect opportunity - a decent wool garment, with some nice features (and buttons!).
Looking at the care label, I think I just about did the opposite of what you should do to look after a good woollen garment, so I'm thinking this is the way to go! This is an easy craft, just do the opposite of what you're told to do, I like it - hehe! . . .
I put it inside a pillow case so that any loose fibres wouldn't clog up my washing machine - then put it on a setting of 60 degrees centigrade, tied the pillow case closed and threw it in with a couple of towels and a pair of jeans, and left it to its own devices! An hour or so later . . .
. . . it has shrunk by half and I think it looks like it's felted pretty well! The fibres look more tightly joined and the knitted stitches have almost disappeared. I read somewhere that you should put the item in a tumble dryer, which I currently don't have, but I thought a washing line in the Outer Hebrides would do much the same job LOL . . .
I guess if the finished fabric doesn't unravel much (or at all!!) when I cut into it's good enough. Great for using for some felt applique shapes and lots of other crafty uses. I will update you once I get the scissors out!
Have you tried felting knitted items? Any interesting, unexpected results?
It's turned out all Wintry here in the Hebrides this weekend - some snow and hailstones yesterday - yikes! Perfect crafting weather tho :)