I am continuing to enjoy making the scarves with brooches and have worked my way through lots of lovely wool from the stash. the problem had become finding more wool at a low enough price to make the scarves viable. I always check the bargain basket at the wool shop but real treasure is rare so I decided to look at Readicut. I get the Readicut catalogues sent from time to time so know that they sell wool at a reasonable price by the pack. There was a sale online with the only draw back that the colour of the wool would be lucky dip- although you would know the range from which it came. It has been a tense week not knowing whether I would receive three bales of pink wool which would be hard to use but this morning I received these- brown, teal and indigo- they are gorgeous and at less than a pound a ball will make the scarves less of a risk! I popped in to Tamarisk where the scarves are now up for sale to find that lovely Emma had been having a clear out. She has given me a bag full of silk scarves to re purpose. She has visions of these shredded and knotted through an open- knit scarf. I think they are too floppy for this, though I will have a play with this idea with bias cut strips of cotton. I am considering trying to gather them, using shearing elastic in the bobbin of the machine. Most of all though I think these would be ace used to produce a Nuno felt. I have never done this before and am not sure if this silk would work or whether I need something more open in weave. If anyone has any experience I would be so very grateful for some advice. I think the idea of giving these a new lease of life is very cool. I have also done some more re-using for my own purposes. I use cotton wool for toning each morning, but buying it annoys me for some reason so I have used a soft old flannel baby sheet and some off cuts of cotton wadding to make these pads. I am hoping they will stand up to regular washing. If I was making these more elegant I would make them smaller, round and with a matching drawstring washbag- but these are just for me. I don't talk about green issues here very often. I am no green warrior but I think there is something about the way I have been bought up that makes me loathe waste and enjoy frugality.
Anyway enjoy your weekends, one and all, I shall be peeping out for the harvest moon, some cultures see this moon as the perfect time for nurturing friendships and joining together around a fire for a dose of merriment- good plan!
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