Early this week I took a little time to finish one of the unfinished pre-holiday projects on my workbench. I had this pretty but shrunken wool sweater on hand and have been meaning to make it into something wearable for my daughter.
It was nearly the right size for her already so using a shirt that currently fits her as a guide, I just trimmed a bit off of both sides of the body and the arms and sewed it up. I also cut some length from the sleeves, leaving them long enough to cuff.
Using the cut-off cuff from one arm, I made a pocket for the front. I also decided that the pre-finished neck looked a little too "finished" so I cut it off and made a more organic neckline. I also did an exaggerated running stitch around it and the pocket for the same reason. I wanted this to look handmade and the previous machine stitches weren't cutting it.
The color of the sweater reminded me of the thistles that grow in front of our house, and reminded me of the joy we get from watching the goldfinches hanging from them, eating seeds in the fall. I decided that would be my theme.
Using scraps of felted wool I stitched on some thistles and a goldfinch. The girl got a big kick out of having a bird on her belly.
She got an even bigger kick out of momma filling her new pocket with birdseed so she could feed the birds.
Naturally, the chickens love this new pocket too.
Have a good day, everyone. Extra points if you fill your pocket with birdseed and feed the birds today.