Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mad Hatter


I've been trying my hands at hat making lately. Nothing fancy - just wool beanies lined with fleece. Of course, since I'm making them, they're made from recycled sweaters. The best part is I've finally found a use for the sweaters that don't felt well. When you go through as many wool sweaters as I do, you always end up with a few that don't come out quite right.

The more sweaters I felt the more I learn that all wool is not created equal, even all 100% wool isn't the same. Merino wool - too thin - I rarely buy it, all new wool - half the time doesn't do much, and of course, washable wool does nothing because it's been treated so that it won't felt. (Though I'm told if you dry clean it you can remove the coating, but with the cost of dry cleaning these days, I have yet to try it.)

These little beanies are super simple to make and I think I did all three in just a couple of hours. The felt pins were a snap, too. I just love how they dress up the hats just a little bit.

8 comments:

kate said...

Very cute, you clever woman!

Erin said...

Love the striped one!

stitching under oaks said...

they turned out wonderful. I like how you embellished them. I don't know how to fleece line hats so any time you get the urge to do a tutorial, I'll bookmark it! :)

Diane said...

Liz, those are darling hats! You are so talented with the hats and also the mittens you make.
Happy Monday!!

Deanna said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! :) The little felt pins are adorable on them.

Denice said...

Love these, Liz! Kind of cool to know all the ins about wool, too.

The WoodLand School said...

The hats are adorable ... and the pins are SUCH a perfect addition!

Kelly Fletcher said...

I really like the pin details. The hats too, but the pins make them.