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Old 11-09-2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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Evaluate this Homemade Gift Idea

I can't decide whether this is a good idea for a gift or not.

DW was doing some experimenting with leftover yarn, and made a "felted bowl." It is something that is knitted, and then run through the washing machine with hot water to shrink it.



I found that it works great for putting my glasses in, so that they won't get scratched:



I use it all the time when switching between reading glasses and computer glasses.

She could make some of these for presents, in a more oblong shape that would fit glasses better.

Do you think that would make a good present, or is it silly?
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:45 AM   #2
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Al, I would think it would depend on who the gift recipients are. By that I mean are the people you are thinking of giving these to likely to use them? I know personally I would think WTF, but I am not into the whole artsy-fartsy thing, so I am probably not the most qualified person to provide assistance.
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I don't know but I like the usage idea. Since I have a cat that likes to knock things off tables, it wouldn't work for me. But again the idea is good, I always keep a case nearby that can be closed so that if it falls, all is well.
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If a person likes baskets, I think it would be fine.
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I like the idea....but again, it all depends on who the gift would be for.
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I would use something like this with two conditions:
1) It should include an explanation and illustration
2) It should be washable (include instructions)
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Could it be inverted to make a hat? I am always losing hats.
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I like it, but I like this kind of thing. So it depends on the person.

For example, my man necklace idea is falling flat, but the necklaces I did for women friends was a hit.
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I think you would need to put something in it, so the recipient sees that it is meant to be a bowl. I picture someone putting it on their head like a cap . Could make for an interesting "Thank You" card, if they included a picture wearing their new bowl!.

We keep a number of small woven baskets for the same reason - so yes, I think it could make a nice gift. Color co-ordination with the recipient's home might be an issue. We have some light 'natural' baskets, some dark stained ones, all depends on the room.

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I like it, but I like this kind of thing. So it depends on the person.

For example, my man necklace idea is falling flat, but the necklaces I did for women friends was a hit.
Martha if you can find some shark's teeth, or bear claws, or even Porcupine claws on leather, you have an awesome necklace for men. Tell 'em it will enhance their sexual stamina. That's how that cute saleswoman sold me mine.

Since I started wearing a necklace I never take it off, except to shower.

I don't know how I ever made it to age 67 without a Manlace.

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I think you would need to put something in it, so the recipient sees that it is meant to be a bowl. I picture someone putting it on their head like a cap . Could make for an interesting "Thank You" card, if they included a picture wearing their new bowl!....
I recently went to an art exhibit where the artist was giving away his small ceramics on the condition that the recipient submit a photo to his website along with some text about how and where the item is used.

He received my input but hasn't issued the certificate yet. His artistic concept is that it is not art until .... "Undocumented, uncertified works are not considered official works of art." So goes contemporary art.
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Do you think that would make a good present, or is it silly?
Car keys, coins, toothpicks in the kitchen, emptying out your pockets on the dresser at the end of the day, all those little things you find around the house that you don't recognize until after you've thrown them away...

Potholders?

And if you soaked it in catnip then I can only imagine the hours of fun a cat would have with one of them.
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I have two treasured pot holders that look something like that. My uncle said his mother-in-law who made them had to be very careful to find heat-resistant material.
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Al, I would think it would depend on who the gift recipients are. By that I mean are the people you are thinking of giving these to likely to use them? I know personally I would think WTF, but I am not into the whole artsy-fartsy thing, so I am probably not the most qualified person to provide assistance.
That was my response, too. Sorry, Al!

I find something that is not bendable is a lot handier for the uses suggested. I use a gilt tray for my keys and mail, and a ceramic tray for my glasses:



I like my ceramic tray! If I used the yarn hat for these purposes, it could be bent in a weird shape when needed and I would be straightening it out all the time.

On the other hand, I agree that it might make a nice hat. (?)
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Old 11-10-2008, 10:40 AM   #16
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I think you need to expand the uses - if you adjust the size
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Dust cover
Candy bowl - wrapped only

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String them together for a bra
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Al the bowl is beautiful and obviously took alot of time to make. I just wonder if people who it would be given to would know it was a bowl at first because it is made of non-tradional materials? Felted wool items are very trendy especially with women between 20 and 30. Could she make crocheted purses? Tell her to check out what is selling on Etsy. I would love a felted wool purse!
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I think it would make a great purse! Good idea, shoe.
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I was thinking purse, too. I love little tiny zippered cases for various things! In Mongolia, wool is pretty much all they've got, so felted items are very popular.
It is very cool, and if you explained that it was a bowl, I'd be all into it as well. Not for glasses, but other stuff that accumulates.
I bought a handful of wool felt tree ornaments to bring back from Mongolia--that might be another idea.
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Al, I'd use a felted bowl for jewelry and things I didn't want scratched. But for glasses, I'd prefer a felted wool glasses slipcase, which would probably be easier for her to make.
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