I do not know why but I have an aversion to IKEA, or at least shopping there. That place is like Costco, just try to walk out without spending under $100 on stuff you didn't know you needed. I think I'm also a little wary of the quality factor... I remember growing up things made in Japan were considered junk, then Taiwan, Korea, now China. Find something made in Japan these days and it means quality, go figure. This brings me to my first purchase. A second hand IKEA lamp. I like this a lot..... it's made of glass and not plastic. I also like that I had the small base light bulb for it already so no hardware store trip was necessary. I probably paid half the new price which shows just how much I liked it.
I found this great stainless sauce pan as well. Non-molested and very clean for it's age. They had the whole set in fact and I was very proud of myself for leaving it's brothers and sisters behind only needing this one size. I've already used it three times!
Everyone keeps talking about felting and I wanted to get in on the action. This sweater was hand knit in Nepal out of some very serious wool that may have been better suited for scouring pads. I had read somewhere that to felt something you needed to remove the oils from the wool while agitating. Light bulb moment... dishwasher detergent (non-bleach kind) is excellent at removing oils. Threw this sweater in the wash with a cup of store brand powder and it felted up big time.
The body is extremely thick now and I'm not exactly sure what I'll end up doing with it. A coworker suggested I use clippers to shave the fuzz off and I thought that sounded like a great idea. Either I'll cut it up and use the pieces to make something or I'll try to refashion something from the general shape.
Makes me itch just looking at it...... Please, give me some ideas!
So far I'm either going to make a bag of sorts out of the body using the arms as handles, or cut it into squares for things like coasters.