Monday, March 11, 2013

Upcycling without Training Wheels

When our cashmere sweaters get too moth-eaten to wear--actually I'm not quite sure when that point is, because the dude wore a sweater with at least two visible holes in it yesterday. He wasn't out in public or anything...anyhow, at some point, we decide to retire the sweaters, and they end up in the craft room. I have ideas people. I have taken a felting class with Betz White. I am ready to upcycle all the wools! (Now what I need is more time.)

Anyway, I had these sleeves cut off their respective sweaters and I wanted to make a scarf.
Last November, I pinned them together and showed my niece during our crafting day. She looked at me with one of those preteen looks. As a result, I have no faith, no faith, in the finished product. I decided that the arms were too full and I should (1) stitch each arm to its mate for length and (2) stitch them so they were three inches wide. After fixing a moth hole on the pink sweater, I realized I should fix the holes before I made them so narrow the brush mat wouldn't fit. (To fix moth holes, you take a piece of yarn or sweater fabric and you needle felt it onto the hole. And to do that you need this mat* that looks like a scrub brush. Et voila!)

Anyway, I altered the pink sleeve, then the blue, then I was pinning the grey and .............. Do you get those moments when you are crafting? One that will cause you to use way too many periods in your ellipses? I lost all momentum. I did not know how I was going to go on with this Incredibly.Boring.Project. But I had to! You were waiting! I had promised! But the project...it.was.sooooooooooooo.boring. I complained about it on twitter...and Facebook...and then I got myself together and braided them. And sewed them up.


Then I walked around the house wearing a cashmere scarf for hours. Because it was almost 60' outside and what you need to do is wear a cashmere scarf around your house.

If you made it this far, thank you. I am going to try to choose projects that aren't so cranky-making in the future. But at least we can see why I put off making it all winter. Clearly, I knew I was going to need your help and real impetus to get through.

It's harder than it looks to photograph yourself.
What this kooky craft-a-day thing demonstrates is how much I need my loyal readers to get through it. Your comments propel me on to the next project and the next and the next and the next. And I thank you for all your help!

* Don't buy the one I've linked to. It has the better picture, but Amazon itself has the same one for half the price.

10 comments:

Diane Donle said...

Anna, You ROCK!!!!

Coral said...

You look gorg! I especially love the Lisa-Marie lips! Keep going!!

Margaret said...

That's fantastic! What a way to recycle those sweaters. Love the colors!

Sharon said...

I think it looks wonderful! Pretty pictures of you too.

Linda said...

I absolutely love the sweater scarf Nikki. Even you hadn't said it was made from old sweater sleeves, I would have never guessed. Its perfect.

Linda

Thoeria said...

Smart cookie you!!! Looks stunning!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Yes, it is hard, but you did a good job! I have those glasses in tortoise. Very nice, soft, warm scarf! How are the ends finished? Guessing you didn't want that question since you didn't show them; huh?

Silverlotus said...

I think the scarf looks great, and very soft. Well done!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Another great project. I've cut sweaters up but don't have enough skill to cut them evenly so each piece looks all wonky and then, anything I put together pretty much looks like a 3 year old did it. sigh... Truth is, sadly, that goes for most of my crafting. You've got mad skills as far as I'm concerned. And hey, you look beautiful, too! What more could one ask?

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I'm sorry, I'm with the niece on this one! Cashmere or not.

BTW the correct pronoun for cashmere is "one" as in "take one's moth-eaten cashmere jumpers..." I can imagine the Queen doing is, she's very thrifty. She wouldn't wear it herself (not Norman Hartnell) but would gif them to the servants to wear in the cold corridors of Balmoral.

OK, I need to get out more....