Wednesday, February 17, 2010



I've been on a mending kick lately. I usually have a pile of things to be ironed or repaired sitting atop my dresser, and now it's getting down to just what needs to be ironed. I'm remembering how nice it can be to settle on the couch (after the boys have gone to bed) with a TV show (Lost!) and some handwork. One night I fixed the hem on my favorite pink t-shirt, the next I put a patch on the seat of some pajama pants.

And then, kismet. Less than a day after I discovered a hole in my favorite wool hoodie cardigan, I opened up the February issue of MS Living and learned how to repair it.

Mending Through Felting

I've been wanting to try needle felting for quite some time, and this was the perfect opportunity. I'm not quite decided on the results though. I'm a little worried that the "patch" is too thick. I won't be able to tell until I finish the other elbow to match. Which might be a while... A couple of hours after I finished felting for the night, I came down with a nasty stomach virus, and through the magic of association, every time I think about finishing the other sleeve, I get a little nauseated. I think I need to give it a little time before I finish.

The same virus is also the cause of this weeks Vegetarian Meal FAIL. My husband suffered the same stomach ailment and he and I have only been up for comfort foods (and when you're from the rural midwest, chances are that said comfort foods contain meat). Chicken soup and pasta with meat sauce, not curries, tofu and beans.

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