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Online Craft Club #40 Book Review

Ok, I know I have posted (twice) that I hoped to have an FO for you today. But I do not. Lately my stitching time has been limited to what I can do while talking to my kids about school, and while that is about 3 hours a day, not all of it is stitchable time. And also, it maybe takes more time that I thought it does to use up yarn. BUT! Here is Belle’s Blanket, crumpled up under my desk, waiting for attention. Which it will get some of today. F’reals.

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To make up for this shattering disappointment, I have a book review for you. And it is a goodie. You will want to pay attention, becaaaaauuuuuse! I will be doing a giveaway soon, and this book will be one of the possible prizes. If you visited yesterday, those words probably sound familiar, right? RIGHT! Ok, on to Sweater Renewal!

9780307396297How many of you have accidentally felted something? Here at Chez ManyManyChildren, I have felted more wool diaper covers than I care to count, including several that I have knitted myself. As an aside, I used to occasionally felt custom dye orders by not waiting long enough for them to cool, or forgetting to adjust the washing machine cycles. I’m only admitting that so you will know that I do have some felting experience, even if most of it is by accident. You could say that I learned to felt the heartbreaking way, and Sweater Renewal opens with just such an experience in Sharon Franco Rothschild’s life.

But the life of a sweater doesn’t have to stop with an accidental trip through the washer. From book covers and cell phone holders to a purse (It’s pink, ya’LL. With heart embellishments, ya’ll. And yes, I would totally carry such a thing in public, ya’ll) to a dog sweater, your felting pain can become a new FO gain.

In addition to the accidental felting projects, she has some projects in here that you can felt on purpose. The little girls sweater made from a larger sweater is just adorable. And the ladies burgundy sweater made from a larger one is just as cute as can be! What entices me so about garments with decorations on the back?

Finally, there are three projects that you knit and then felt, if you feel compelled to felt your own knitting. Which I admit I don’t usually feel compelled to do, but have occasionally with great enjoyment. The book is available now, and the cover price is $19.95. It’s worth more than that just for the ideas of how to salvage what would otherwise become trash-can tragedies!

So what have you been making? Or reading about making?

Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

Be sure to come back and leave a comment so we know where to find you!

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