Wool on Sundays – 96 (a yarn disaster)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays and thank you for all the links and kind comments on last week’s post :)
This week, I’ve been very busy with non-yarn things and I was considering just putting up the linky when it occurred to me that I’m always saying you can’t go wrong with yarn projects because you can always frog and start again but I do actually have an outright woolly disaster, which is probably beyond re-claiming to any good use (although I still keep it in case I ever think of anything to do with it).
This was meant to be the iconic jumper – the highlight of woolliness in our household as it was the first make from the wool of Mr Sheep (in the Wool on Sundays button) or one of his siblings.
My mother very kindly knitted it for one of my (adult) sons but when it was finished it seemed to stretch and stretch and also to shed lots of fluff.
I made several attempts to wash and dry it – first by hand and then by machine, hoping to shrink it just a little with absolutely zero impact. Then I put it through one last time…


When I took it out is was about the size for a six year year old. It is about 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick, solid enough to stand up by itself and fused together in various places. It is indeed SO thick I don’t think I can even cut it up and use it as felt :(
If you can think of anything I can do to repurpose it, I’d love to know.
Do you have any yarn disasters?
As usual, of course, I’d love you to link up. The rules are: 1). Posts must include some content – makes or musings or photos – related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don’t link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don’t have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare


11 thoughts on “Wool on Sundays – 96 (a yarn disaster)

  1. Kim

    I did smile upon seeing your jumper sitting upright without any help from your lovely cushions to prop it up. It's quite the model, isn't it. =) Alas I am not much help as to how you may repurpose this woolly….but I am quite sure you will think of something brilliant!


  2. Therese

    Felted wool jumpers are perfect for making soakers to go over cloth diapers once they've been prepped with lanolin. That is if there is any chance of a little one on the way.


  3. Sandra :)

    OH MY STARS that's such a beautiful sweater, but the end result – I'm so sorry that happened! You must have wanted to cry when it came out of the dryer the last time. Sadly, I'm sure lots of us have had crafting disasters of similar proportion :(


  4. Maria

    My goodness, what a challenge! And the fact that it is now so thick, would make it hard to cut up. I can just imagine how you felt (no pun intended!) when it shrank so much. 😒


  5. Sheila McMillan

    Possibly you could repurpose this sweater to mitts. There are a few ideas on Pinterest on how to do this. I never thought of mitts when I shrunk my favourite brown sweater. All knitters hearts go out to you…


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