Recently I’ve had an obsession with making sweaters for K. Now I can’t knit at all. I had a brief thought about it once. It was the 90′s and I was going to a lot of music festivals. I thought it would be great to knit some long scarfs to go with my broomstick skirts and Dr. Martens. One attempt nixed that idea. I didn’t have the patience or the nimble fingers for it. That’s one craft that won’t be blooming here.
That’s where Upcycling comes in. What a great way to reuse. What a great way to save money. What a great way to not have to knit!!
It’s also a little bit of a cheat. I cut down the sweater to K’s size. Sew up the shoulders and sides, sew in the sleeves and neckline and I’m done. I’ve found the hardest part to be the neckline. Especially on the cardigans. I end up with a seam in the back. While I’ve been assured by others it’s only noticable to me, it really bugs me when I look at it. So I’m open to suggestions for a better way to do it.
Here are a few examples of sweaters I’ve Upcycled for K.
(My K is like Ricky Bobby. She doesn’t always know what to do with her hands when you take her picture. She keeps putting them up to her face and I keep telling her to put her hands down. It cracks me up every time.)
In case anyone was wondering, that is suppose to be a dress applique on the blue sweater, not a cat. There’s been some confusion. I thought by adding a ribbon belt it might look more like a dress. It just ended up looking like a cat with a collar. Maybe I’ll just tell people it’s a cat. Or that it’s a Rorschach Applique. ( Could be a cat. Could be a dress. What do you see?)
Each of these sweaters started out as an adult sweater. Each one cost less than 2 dollars at Goodwill. How awesome is that?! Pretty awesome I say!
And I didn’t knit!