Before you think I whipped these up in the past 24 hours, I should tell you that I actually dyed those blankets back in October. It was the week before the deadline, and I sat in the basement (of our very old house, mind you - it isn't pretty down there), with the manuscript and a red pen (it had to be red), and dyed wool, and edited the book late into the evening. It was a little bizarre, but a little fun, too.
October 31st was the deadline for lots of things around here, and these Halloween/Harvest totes were one. I made all three, even though Adelaide didn't do any Trick-or-Treating. But I had visions of myself running around next year (or the next?) on October 30th trying to find the same fabric. I thought this was rather fine thinking ahead on my part (pat, pat.). It's funny that the dye colors I choose were intended to be winter holiday colors of reds, browns, and chartruese, but what came out of the wash was very clearly 'autumnal' -orange, red, yellow and brown.
And this is the throw. I cut up random strips of the blanket, and zig-zag stitched them together to create a sort of patchwork wool throw. My intention was (is?) to bind it with a patchwork style binding of different brown fabrics, but I wanted to see how the zig zagging held up before I committed too much time to binding it (the jury's still out on that).
And if you can see them through the background of muddy shoes, a toy-littered floor, and drying wool diaper covers, these are the holiday stockings I made. I don't know where these are going yet (is it strange that I made stockings with no intended purpose? I don't know.)
These barely made a dent in my mountainous pile of dyed wool. I'm sure there will be plenty of projects more to come. In the style of Turkey Feathers' The Blanket Statement (I adore everything she's made with her blanket!), I think I'll set these up in a Flickr photoset of their own, to be added to as projects are complete.