Sunday, January 24, 2010

Felt-Up #1

So I believe I mentioned in a previous blog that I was planning on experimenting with some felting techniques. Well, the results have started filing in and let me tell you, I'm far more capable of making something truly ugly than I ever thought possible.

I mean, let's be truthful, I've made some ugly things in my life. I have some art school horrors hiding out in a box in my closet, hiding from the light of day. However, I'm not sure if I've ever worked so hard to make something that's trying itself so hard to be cute, but falls short so drastically. This is what an awesome felted scarf is supposed to look like . . .

This is what the turd that I came up with looks like, keeping in mind that I tried to photograph it in as pleasing a light as possible . . .

I know what you're thinking. That doesn't look that bad. I might wear that on a day that I'm not going to see anyone I know. Here are some things to note: it's too short. It shrunk much more than I thought it would so it won't even fit around your neck a few times. Also, the little bobbles aren't really evenly placed so there's a sort of pattern but not really. Plus, it's brown, which I usually like, but in this case increases the turd factor by a degree of at least 17.5.

Don't pity me though. This useless swath of thick wool gives me a glimmer of hope for the future. It's strengthened my resolve to move ahead pig-headedly, despite all signs that I will fail miserably and waste lots of yarn.

If you can think of anything I can do with this please comment and let me know. Possibilities have thus far included; lining for cat bed, firewood carrier, abstract wall art, loin cloth, "fashion sling".



  1. Well, you successfully made me laugh out loud no less than three times. And you DID read my mind -- I was thinking "it doesn't look that bad . . .," but then you went on to describe everything else that was wrong with it. I vote for something cat-related, but I'm not sure what. Are you SURE it's THAT bad?

    Also, Greg wants to know if "Turd-weaver" was an old nickname of yours from middle school. I think not, but anything's possible.

    love you.

  2. I think it's brilliant. I did laugh...but, what's art if it doesn't make you laugh? Okay, that's a pretty bold statement, but I think I mean it.

    I like the idea of a cat sling, personally. You know, how helicopters will transport whales from one tank to another (preferably the ocean)'s called something. That big belt thing. I think your turd scarf is beautiful and should transport cats from one area of the room to another area.

  3. I like the turd scarf, just not in brown. You've definitely got something there, though. Maybe you could attach it to the end of a stick and wave it around and your cat can chase after it.