About 10 years ago, I knit my hubby and myself some Buffalo wool vests, with a totem design on the back of his and a whale design on the front and back of mine.
We hardly ever wore them because back then I thought it was wise to add a big heavy collar to them... dh was working outside at the time and I wanted his neck warm.... big mistake.
So yesterday day, I decided to try to save them from a distressing future and take off the collars and add just a little rolled collar to them instead.
I learned a lot doing this.
I learned the Buffalo wool felts very easily - just from general wear... Darned hard to take the collars off but I finally managed.
Then I frogged the collars and used the wool from them to pick up and knit the rolled collars. I think they look pretty nifty.
I learned that my darning needle is too small to accommodate the wool but that I could still use it if I split the wool in half to sew in my ends.
I learned just how heavy the sweaters are while I was knitting the collars on too... oh, my aching shoulders... LOL!
I learned that recycling is a good thing and that home-knitted things are worth saving.
I learned that you pick up and knit from the right side of the garment if you want the collar to roll the right way and have a better edge where the collar meets the sweater.
I also learned that I feel so much more self-worth if I just try something instead of worrying that it won't work and that knitting is a joy!
My hubby now loves his Buffalo vest and I love mine.
Today we are taking them to the dry cleaners to be cleaned.
I was surprised just how dirty they were...
p.s. I also learned that the Buffalo wool really holds it's lanolin! My hands feel great!
Not sure how I can post their pics. I don't think they will really show up on my web cam and my camera takes the pics too big to be displayed here... but I'll try to figure it out.