Mending

There is still very little crafting going on around here, as I continue to spend most of my time on my new job, or recovering from my new job, or cocooned on the couch watching inane television programs so I don’t have to think about my new job. No energy left for sewing or spinning or picking up stitches so my sweater will have sleeves.

However, I did manage to do some darning on my felted slippers.

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I’ve knit the Fuzzy Feet slipper pattern a multitude of times. My go-to yarn for this is Lamb’s Pride worsted, a combination of wool and mohair which usually felts beautifully and wears like iron. Something went awry in the machine felting this time, and the felting density was uneven. Throwing them back in the machine stopped having any effect – it was apparently as felted as they were going to get.

Since I wear these slippers without paying much attention to what is good for them, the bottoms tend to wear out first. Usually this takes a year or so, because they’re so tough, so even wearing them outside on the cement walkways doesn’t do much for quite a while. But these slippers just haven’t lasted the way they usually do.

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As I’m not spending much time knitting, I didn’t want to have to make another pair already, so I darned the bottoms instead where the yarn was starting to wear thin.

And I finally got to use the sock egg thingie I picked up a while back!

Horizontal stitches first, then weaving back and forth vertically and the worn spots of both feet have an extra layer built up again.

As you can see, I didn’t make any attempt to hide the fact that these are darned. If I was worried about a sophisticated slipper appearance, I probably wouldn’t be wearing these fuzzy feet slippers at all.  My criteria for slippers is all about warmth, nothing about appearance.

I really need to get on those sweater sleeves now. . .

Visible mending

I can’t remember what combination of blog links led me to this post on the TomofHolland site about a visible mending project, but I liked the ideas behind it, and the visual effect, and put it in my mental try-this-someday file.

Enter my charcoal cardigan and a small hole in its front.

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I looked up some mending techniques, as my experience with repairs has been solely machine based before this.  I followed the directions found here, that I had saved to Pinterest a while back.

(Brief tangent to rant about how angry Pinterest is making me.  Trying to access my boards through my browser is impossible as it demands downloading the app onto my iPad. I don’t want the app, but it won’t let me see my boards or search for pins without the it anymore.  Why won’t they just let me use the website?  Why do they care how I get to it, as long as I’m using their program?  I don’t like the app interface.  And now I don’t like using Pinterest either.  End rant.)

Here is the result:

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I rather like the scattered seed stitch effect, but I’m not sure I like the appearance of the mend on the sweater,  it looks a little like I spilled something on my stomach.  If there were more holes, more mended areas, it would look better.  But I’m not going to chop more holes, so I think this is coming out, and I’ll mend it again with a charcoal thread.

But I’m going to keep the concept in mind for the future.

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