As my final #Sew10 action, I tackled the box of assorted bits of fabric left down at my parents house at some point in the last 18 years. In it I found:
- approximately 10-15 hat circles and two or three (haven’t counted the actual pieces) pre-cut “French Style Cardigans”, many associated ribbings bands for hats and enough fleecy for lining them too. Yep, the kids clothes business got shoved in a couple of boxes. I have another similar box under my house.
- a skirt that never got finished. I suspect I was over optimistic about my waist size by the look of it. So I scavenged the perfectly useful black zip out for reuse.
- more scraps of various fabric – some had been bought as potential “Zac Designs” hat fabric but the testers weren’t well received (ie they didn’t sell so well) so those larger scraps will be taken along to a craft place in town to see if others can use them.
- a bag of trim/ braid that Mum & I think probably came from my grandmother Pep. She would buy the strangest things at garage sales and op shops. Going by the musty smell and kind of random assortment I think Pep was its source. Off to the crafters with that too.
- a bag of handspun variegated wool which is knitting up into a very pretty blue/purple tortoiseshell look. I spun this wool when I was a teenager and never quite got around to knitting it – in the bag was a small sample done on the knitting machine, I suspect handspun wool would have snagged terribly. So, 20-or-so years later I am attempting to knit it up by hand. I have done one strip about 20 cm wide by 60 cm long, and started another. I figure knitting a bunch of rectangles I can then sew into a vest is probably achievable.
The most useful part of the exercise – going back through the box a few days later and categorising – baby related (surely someone I know will have a baby sometime?) some hats to finish, and a couple of larger pieces that may well be useful for facings or similar in the future. Some pieces of fabric got added to the give-away bag, and others simply tossed. They weren’t useful enough to burden anyone else with.