Chop Shop

My studio has been dubbed “the chopping block” this past week.  After acquiring some new-to-me sweaters from the thrift store , I had to start going through my inventory in order to make room and keep the space from turning into a complete and total chaotic mess, although I must admit that I am fairly good at going through what I purchase. I try not to buy just for the sake of buying. If it can’t fit into the “Upcycling” bin, then I don’t buy it.  By going through my stash at least once a month, this keeps the projects moving and creativity flowing.

I managed to cut up about 20 different sweaters to use for a variety of projects.  Most of them are wool, (some felted, some not) and a few were synthetic blends.  From each sweater, I can make a pair of leg or arm warmers from the sleeves, as well as 2 coffee or wrist cuffs.  I am saving the body of each sweater to use for a lap quilt…one day.  Or perhaps I will make neck cowls out them, I haven’t decided just yet.  At any rate, they will all be trimmed in crocheted loveliness and I will post pictures of them when they are finished.

(Excuse the horrible lighting and quality of these photos. Our camera is on the fritz in a big way and the daytime lighting has been less than agreeable here during our rainy weather.)  The above sweater was a cashmere Banana Republic cardigan that I bought at the thrift store for $3.  The body fit well and was flattering and cute as a layering element (it’s actually an olive green color), but the sleeves were too tight.  CHOP…off they came and it became a vest. Still cute, still a warm layer and even more flattering. I will use the bulk of the top part of the sleeves to make a pair of fingerless gloves/wrist warmers.  The middle portion will be used for the coffee cuffs and I can use the bottom part of the sleeve (shown cut into thirds) for wrist cuffs (aka…bracelets).

Same for this blue number above….on sale for 75 cents. Seriously!  I will turn the bottom portion into a neck cowl, similar to the one I made for Levi and the rest will be used for cuffs or warmers.

Here are a few examples of what the wrist cuffs (two are in progress) look like once they are trimmed and have buttons on them. I made several more for the school benefit last month, but of course I forgot to take any pictures of them.  I know…not the best way to keep track of inventory (or write a blog). I learned my lesson and documented the latest batch of coffee cuffs, which I just finished, for future reference.

I hope you’re not sick of seeing these little cuffs on my crochet posts.  Maybe I should rename the blog, “Coffee Cuffs and Lilacs”? It seems that they are the only project that gets finished lately.  I enjoy selling them and making them, but they do take time and having them on display means I need to have a nicely stocked variety.  It’s encouraging to have a demand for a product, but it’s difficult to keep up that demand and still work on all the other projects I have my hands in…like blogging for example.  So, I think come the beginning of the year, I am just going to take special orders for them and then when I have an etsy shop up and running, they will be featured along with many other handmade goodies.  We will see what the new year brings…until then, it’s time to move on to leg and wrist warmers and maybe those holiday cards of mine that are just waiting to be printed.

  One thought on “Chop Shop

  1. November 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my, have you been busy! The things you make are lovely! I really like the addition of the crocheted edges.

    • daraweyna
      November 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

      Thank you. I feel like an elf lately; busily stitching away in my workshop.

  2. November 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I really love your ideas about recycling knitwear – they look great, and adding the crochet and buttons really give them a professional finish! =D

    • daraweyna
      November 22, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Thanks…I can’t seem to stop. It’s becoming a bit of an obsession. Everything I look at, I think…”that just needs a crocheted trim and some buttons.” haha

  3. November 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I love how you add the crochet trim. Makes me want to dig up my needles and start crocheting again. So cute!

    • daraweyna
      November 28, 2012 at 3:59 am

      Thank you! When I finish a pair of fingerless sweater mitts, I will link your site…you were my inspiration!

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