2.06.2008

I've Got My Wool To Keep Me Warm

I have to admit, I didn't get the whole wool thing until a few years ago. When I attended a crafting group of mostly Waldorf moms, I just really didn't understand their fascination with wool. I grew up thinking it was rather itchy and prone to pest problems.

Now, I get wool. I get it whenever I can. When I found three yards of unblemished wool at the thrift store for $2.50, I snatched it up. I was a little nervous that the man next to me looking for wool with which to line the ceiling of his van-turned-home-by-the-river was going to beat me to it, but fortunately he went for a different remnant in shades of black and blue (not my color scheme, but I'm sure it looks great in his van).

The problem with bringing such a large piece of fabric home is what to do with it, and more importantly, when. I certainly didn't have room to store it long term (due to all the other great fabrics for which I provide shelter), so I decided to make a throw similar to Erin's, using Molly's pattern.


I used remnants of fabric (from the same thrift store trip) to piece together the binding. The blanket measures 54x54, so I used two strips each of six different fabrics, each strip measuring 4 inches by 19 inches, except the first and last strip which I cut two inches longer just in case and to give myself enough room to join the binding.

I enjoyed the project so much, in fact, that I am currently making another throw out of the remainder of the wool using more remnants for the binding (yay! to using up my stash to make room for new fabric finds). I am now at the tedious stage of binding by hand. The wonderful thing about binding a wool blanket this time of year is that you can drape it over your legs (watch out for the pins) and stay deliciously warm while slip stitching away.

13 comments:

  1. that's just gorgeous. I'd love to get my hands on some wool like that. I'll keep looking!

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  2. Lovely blanket; I used to feel the same way about wool, but I have changed my foolish ways.

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  3. To misquote Paul Simon;
    "Slip stiching away"
    Love
    Dad

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  4. It is a beautiful blanket. That is for sure. But I can't help it... me thinks that wool is itchy.

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  5. This is so lovely..great work and thanks for the link to Molly's pattern, I think I might take a stab at this myself. Although, probably not with wool, I'm with Marjorie... itchy, itchy. Maybe one day I'll mature into a wool-loving girl but for now I love me some fleece. (I know, I'm so not classy!)

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  6. I'm beginning to feel that way towards wool yarn! The Yarn Harlot and a few other bloggers/podcasters have made me re-think my likes.
    Isn't it wonderful to sit and slip stitch? It makes me realize how close I am to finishing the project!

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  7. I just had a memory drop into my brain concerning wool blankets and why I don't have any. When I was little we had a wool dark green army blanket. I wonder where Grandma got it? I just remember it being extremely uncomfortable around my face!

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  8. I'm allergic to wool and have always felt the same way! But that blanket looks lovely. I'll just admire it at a distance.

    Love the new profile pic by the way. Very Charlie's Angels of you!!!

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  9. lexi and emma's grammieFebruary 07, 2008

    You are the most clever person!
    I love the wool blanket. My dad bought a wool blanket for each of his (then) 3 daughters...I loved mine. it was so warm. I did not keep the wool directly over me but over the top sheet...i wonder what happened to it?
    Yesterday I went to a favorite thrift store and snagged four skeins of boucle' baby yarn..perfect for a sweater for baby Emma..all for 50cents! I love thrift stores and now I will be hunting for wool! Perhaps in green...hahaha I will take what I can get! keep o n crafting..you keep me creative!

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  10. That is gorgeous! What a find. I recently fought and won a silent battle over a $30 vintage child's dresser at a thrift shop. three yards of wool for that price is fantastic!

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  11. That closeup picture of the sewing machine gets me in the mood!

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  12. it looks lovely, molly! i have another one in the works myself. :)

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  13. Oh, beautiful. What a find!

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