Archive | November, 2010

Ruined your sweater? Not so fast!!

19 Nov

The "ruined" sweater has a new life!

I have to admit that I am kind of a pack rat.  And a closet hippie.  I don’t like throwing things away that aren’t really ruined.  This Merino wool sweater is one of those things.  I couldn’t bear to throw it out after it shrank in the wash.  It wasn’t even mine!!  So, I saved it and planned that “one day” I would find a use for it, or give it a new life.  That day came this week.

This is a very lean year for me, and I’m making the most of everything!  I had heard about mittens from felted wool sweaters, and I decided this was the time to experiment.

I used the sleeves to make mittens for myself.  I was sure that since I could fit my hand on the space, it would be just fine.  Well, yes and no.  Mitten patterns are sort of L-shaped for a reason.  The reason is, the angle at the thumb puckers if it doesn’t have enough space.  I made it work and they fit me, well, like a glove!

The second pair of mittens were made from the body of the sweater, and are far more generously cut.  Still, I’m left with so much material! The remainder of the sleeves were cut off and turned into coffee cozies.  I have since blanket stitched them in red, but my stitching looks like hell so I will not share the “finished” photo of them. =)

The neck of the sweater is also a finished edge, and I know it fits over my head.  It became a very well fitting hat with ear flaps, as it was a V neck.

Here is said hat

Still, so much material left!  I then made a small hat for a baby or baby doll.  My next project will be to fuse the rest together and cut out wool ornaments!  Waste not, want not, as my grandma always says!!

All out of one "ruined" sweater!

Christmas doesn’t have to be about excess, sometimes it can be humble and still fabulous!



In Process

8 Nov



I am working on a new quilt that is testing my desire to not use profanity around the kids. This thing has so many tiny pieces. I normally make fairly simple quilts because I want to be able to get them done in a timely fashion. Also, I feel like my time is worth more than a dollar or so per hour. If I make complicated patterns it takes so much time. The photo above is where I’m at as of now. These pieces are to be the centers of 15 blocks. I feel  like I am moving at a snails pace. Also, I have never had a pattern that required me to draw on each individual piece I cut out (I have a good million pieces here) to mark my sewing lines. As soon as I saw that, I knew I was in trouble.

Lizze just made a quilt for a friend of hers. It was a very simple 9-patch block, and she has realized that quilts don’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. Quilts are lovely all on their own without being fussy or difficult.

I can’t say how long this one will take me to complete. I may end up setting it aside until after the holidays. Maybe it isn’t the right time to work on this. My heart isn’t in it. I could force myself to get it done, but if my heart is somewhere else, the end result just isn’t the same. Does that happen to anyone else? I’m the type that has to be excited by a project. Maybe that’s weird. Either way, I’ve decided that flying geese blocks are not fun, and I will avoid them in the future. Unless it’s like having a child where you forget about the pain immediately upon seeing the beautiful end result to your labor of love. I hope that is the case.