Good Wool

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I am sure that most of last year’s Christmas celebrations were completely awesome. But what I remember most is that last year I vowed to do two things this year. 1 – Not send out Christmas cards and 2 – Make more crafts. Last year’s Christmas cards made me all Grinchmaster 2000. I can’t explain exactly why, but it was awful. I already feel better about this Christmas season now that I’m not sending out 45 or whatever silly number I thought I needed to send. And on the crafting front, last year I don’t think we made a damn thing! So I’m trying to plan manageable crafts, with easy to obtain supplies, that can be done mostly by the kids. So far I have the supplies for one craft and one baking project and the kids are so excited about both! Yay! I think there’s at least two other things that we could manage to make, plus all the cookies.

Yes, I’m being vague about crafts, but since everyone and their mother is reading, I don’t want to spoil surprises!

But I can tell you about parts of what I’m doing. The whole story will be revealed in time. The red things hanging on my clothesline above are skirts that I found at the Goodwill yesterday. I also got an amazing men’s coat in a gorgeous herringbone pattern.

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I took this picture just after they all had a nice long soak in my bathtub with wool wash, followed by a spin in the washing machine. Other than linings in these items, they are all made with wool. All three items were in impeccable condition (I always look for signs of moths, and often find lots of holes, but not on these!). Once they were dry, the wrinkles you can see in the pictures went away. I was going to try to get a better picture of the skirts, but well, I got excited this morning.

The red skirts got torn up and put back together. The thing I made with them is the best thing ever! Since I’m not telling you about it, I told Gerald everything about it, all day, including multiple exclamations of “This is the best thing I ever made!!!!!!!!!” or something along those lines. He can now hold his own in a sewist’s discussion of bias tape – including the merits of homemade versus store bought.

I am really excited about the prospect of buying high quality wool for really, really good prices. The skirts were $3.75 each and the coat was $14.00. You can bet that on Monday I’ll be doing my tour of the thrift stores, trying to score some more good deals for more craft ideas! I have big plans for that coat, but it’ll need some careful planning.

I’m so excited about doing all these little and not so little crafts, preparing for Christmas. So much better than last year, already!