Giveaway: Upcycled Felted Wool Sweater

It’s Been a Year

It’s been a little over a year since I started this blog.  Thus far you could observe that I’ve been dabbling in a number of types of sewing.  It may seem that I’ve not immersed myself in one particular type of sewing – that’s because I do enjoy just about any type of sewing (excluding mending).  Over the years the type of projects seem to depend on what’s going on in my life.

Changes Ahead

Speaking of what’s going on in my life, I’d say we’re in a year of significant change.  I’m retiring in a month, we’re taking a 2 month trip to Central America, selling our home in Philly and moving back to the midwest.  How’s that for change?  It’s a little weird that I won’t use a sewing machine for 2 months and what about not getting up and going to work every day.  Sound good.  Oh, and I may need to send one or two machines to storage while we show our home.  Hmm, which can I part with?

Where is this going, you ask? It’s a long way of saying that I want you to stay with me while I am not posting about my sewing life.  In the months of March and April, I’ll replace sewing content with traveling content.  Maybe even a word or two of Spanish if my brain can soak up a few phrases.


I don’t want to lose you, my loyal followers.  To get you in the habit of visiting my blog while I’m away, I’m going to do a series of giveaways which are representative of my last year’s sewing.

The first one is your choice of three felted upcycled toddler sweaters.  All you need to do is to leave a comment indicating which one you’d prefer.  If you’re interested in making one of these in the future, ask a question about how to make the sweaters.  The deadline is midnight Monday, Jan 31; then the random number generator will work it’s magic.



1. Hooded Grey merino with snowflake design.

2. Wool and cashmere.   Sleeve, 1/2 of the front and the back are felted cashmere.  Oh, so soft.

3. Red wool Snowmen with wool/angora cabled sleeves.

6 thoughts on “Giveaway: Upcycled Felted Wool Sweater

  1. My goal of the day is to respond to the many sewing blogs I read but never get around to responding to. I’ll start with yours and tell you how much I love the sweaters! While I am excited for you in your decision to retire, study Spanish and travel – two months away from all your sewing machines – now that could be a challenge. I’ll bet you will still pick up some fabric in markets and have a number of projects planned with your return.

  2. I read on the blog “Sew the Garment district” that you can buy sweater- weight cashmere at Mood in NYC for sixty dollars a yard and the fabric is sixty inches wide. Considering the size of the child, I would assume one yard would be more than enough. This time of year, however, high- end stores are offering clothing at seventy-five per cent off! Still want to make one?

  3. I remember the little purple one that you made for Caitlin. She always received compliments when she wore it, and it was so soft and warm!

  4. Of course, this time of year you could buy a cashmere sweater for a child at a bargain price, but for me this wouldn’t compare to getting one from grandma. In my husband’s Italian family, there were many gifted artisans who would bring a blanket or sweater to the new baby. I have cleaned and packed away every one of them for my children’s children. Sadly, these nannas and tias can no longer practice their craft, but my family will enjoy their talents for many years.

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