My heart is a bit heavy. Small Brother is leaving in the early hours tomorrow morning. Other issues continue. Oh – and TA-DA! I get to eat nothing for 30 hours (yes – admittedly a first world problem)… SO my mind turns to things I can do. While Small Brother has been here, he and M have been helping up at my dad’s place to do a bit of decluttering and beautifying…they found a rubbish bag full of jumpers knitted by my (sadly departed) grandma.
She was a GUN with her knitting needles. These jumpers are all fair-isle (now that’s a term I’ve never typed before) – and she never used a pattern. She used to knit Smurfs on the front of our jumpers the same way.
Anyway, I was hoping that there would be some old kid-sized ones in the bag, but no – they were all my mum and dad’s. None will be worn again, but it seems wasteful and unsentimental to send them to the op-shop. But they’re not my kind of style. So….(and Karen, as a wool-goddess, feel free to chime in) I’m thinking of felting most of them and making something like this:
This picture is from Resweater
My blanket (should it transpire) will not look as cheerful as this one because of all the fair-isleness and more muted colours. I’m thinking that a blanket is probably the best way to repurpose all that work of my grandma in a useful and functional way. I think having the hexagons will look far better than making cushions from them or something.
Any suggestions welcome. (Karen…I’m looking at YOU!) Hysterically, considering the weather we’ve just had (horribly horribly hot) I am waiting for a warm day to wash all the jumpers as they all reek of damp. They have been stored in a plastic bag for at least ten years. Ewwww. Once I’ve done that I’ll post some pictures of them…