Wool Magic

Today DB and I went in to Amsterdam.  He went for a hair cut and I went for the sun and fun.  When the sun is shining, there’s no place quite like Amsterdam.  It was buzzing with people and as of yesterday the terraces are again full of people sitting outside trying to make up for the long dark winter.  March is a wonderful month here.  Every day brings us so much more daylight!  I feel alive again!

Today I did something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while now.  I went to Waterlooplein, to the big flea market, and bought a used 100% wool Norwegian sweater from one of the market stalls.  It was only 10 euros for this man’s sized sweater.  It was hand knit (I can tell of course).  Here’s the before photo:

When I got home I threw it into the washing machine with an old pair of jeans.  I washed them on normal cycle in 90 degree C!!  Here’s the after photo:

Isn’t that amazing?  OK, it’s only amazing when you do it on purpose.  Otherwise it’s a f(*(*&) disaster.  Its now SUPER thick and heavy and child sized.  I kind of over did it actually.  I didn’t mean for it to felt THAT hard and become quite this small.  Ah well.  It’s only a 10 euro experiment.  What am I going to do with it?  Probably make a laptop cover out of it and possibly a couple of iPhone pouches with the sleeves.  If this goes well I might go back to the stall and buy a couple more sweaters.  They didn’t have a lot of sweaters, but that stall has been selling those sweaters for years so I imagine they will continue to do so.

We get all the afternoon sun in our living room window.  The cat is really loving it.  

Isn’t he cute?  He’s so old that he snores all the time now.  Here he looks angelic and sweet, but at 3am when his snoring wakes me up he’s not so cute.  Not at all.  I kick him and he stops for a while and we both go back to sleep.  Then he decides to lay on my legs AND snore.  Sigh.  Soon it will be warm enough that he doesn’t want to sleep on the bed.  This is definitely another big advantage to Spring.

2 thoughts on “Wool Magic

  1. dawn March 22, 2009 / 04:38

    What a great way to repurpose that sweater! And your kitty is sure a cutie! 🙂 I bet his lil snore is just ADORABLE! LOL!!

  2. WiscJennyAnn March 23, 2009 / 18:26

    Whoa, even though I had just read how you meant to felt the sweater, seeing the results got my heart beating a little bit faster. My head says “Yes!” but my heart says “OMG, noooooooooooo! A sweater? Felted? Disaster!” The instincts of a knitter… ha ha! Looking forward to seeing what you make with it!

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