When wool is washed and dried, it is transformed: The fibers pull together to produce the soft, thick fabric we call felt. This is unintentional, of course. But you can shrink a sweater on purpose -- one that's old, with holes or stains, perhaps -- turning it into a medium that's wonderful for crafting.
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The Northman Mittens created by David Schultz and listed on Ravelry. Pink kidsilk mohair lines the inside.
Pattern: Super Mittens by Margrit Lohrer Pattern Source: Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky, color 16006 Lt. Blue These mittens are super in every way! They are so soft I don’t want to take them off my hands. This is a great pattern that you can knit up in a day, and there’s not a single purl stitch in the whole thing. blogged
These are so cute. I plan to make these in the next couple of years for her so that her hands can be warm in Charleston during the couple of days that it is actually cold down there. Ha ha. I know her fingers may not need to be covered so these will work well when she's about three years old.