Re-purposing Old Wool Sweaters

As recently as two days ago I inherited some older “felted” sweaters from my sister. I just love wool, for knitting, as a fabric, and for felting.

I set about thinking about what to do with these treasures. After searching , I found several ideas to turn these beloved old sweaters into a felted wool purse, thus giving them new life or “repurposing” them.

I would like to share with you ,the blogs with tutorials that I found, in case you would like to try this yourself.

makeitandloveit1. “Make It and Love It.comPosted by ASHLEY, 9 NOV. 2010
“Fall is the time that I start looking through the piles of old sweaters. Do you have a big stash like I do? Even if they are outdated, stretched out, shrunk in the wash, etc.? It’s time to give those old sweaters a new life. And turn them into something new……”
To read the rest of the article please CLICK on this LINK, or the one to the right of the picture.
2. Upcycled Purse From A upcycledpurseRuined (shrunken/felted) Sweater by MaryT8M in sewing on instructables.com website. Mary in Sewing says, ” I’ve discovered the thrill of making something WONDERFUL from a mistake! I washed a sweater a while back that I could have sworn said it was machine washable only to find out it was dry clean only. Before I tossed it in the Goodwill bag, I checked the Internet and found several ideas for turning felted/fulled (shrunken) wool sweaters into other items…..”

To read the rest of the article and see tutorial, please CLICK on this LINK, or the one to the right of the picture.

Last but not least, a GREAT printable tutorial.

3. FELTED PURSE INSTRUCTION SHEET from the website JANES SEW AND SO FOUND AT http://janessewandso.com 

It really is very handy to be able to print out the instructions to follow them more easily. I prefer to do this. Here is an excerpt from the tutorial:

Janes Sew and So says “Sew, what’s up? My daughter Chanel and her friend Camille were shopping for cute purses on the Internet, but they couldn’t find any that didn’t cost over a hundred dollars! I showed them how to make their own, one-a-kind purses out of wool thrift shop sweaters for fewer than five dollars. …..”
To read the rest of the article or to print it out please CLICK on this LINK !

WELL THAT WRAPS UP MY THURSDAY MORNING POST ON FINDING WAYS TO RECYCLE, RE-PURPOSE, REUSE WHAT WE HAVE AROUND US INSTEAD OF THROWING IT INTO THE LANDFILL. HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK FRIENDS! PLEASE THINK GREEN.

Crafting With Yarn Has Many Health Benefits

Taking part in hand crafts  involving yarn  is both rewarding and relaxing. It is a challenge to your mind, but not to the point that you would feel mentally exhausted. This makes it great therapy for de-stressing. It should come as no surprise therefore, that doing yarn crafting yields health benefits.

Read about the health benefits in the following yarnbasketblog post:

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10 Most Important Health Benefits of Yarncrafting  By Kathryn Vacillo
Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. This is part one in her 6-part series for us on the topic of yarncraft health. Read her previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here
Yarn heals. Whether you prefer needles or hooks or a combination of both, crafting can soothe your body and mend your mind. Anecdotal evidence has shown this for decades and new research confirms it with science. The benefits people report are seemingly endless. Here are the top 10 yarncrafting health benefits.

 1. Knitting and Crochet Relieve Depression
Depression relief is by far the most reported and studied benefit of crochet and knitting. The repetition of the crafts has been shown to release serotonin, a natural anti-depressant. CNN recently reported that “in one study of more than 3,500 knitters, published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81% of respondents with depression reported feeling happy after knitting. More than half reported feeling “very happy.”
2. Crafting Reduces Anxiety
Yarncrafts helps with various forms of anxiety. It keeps your hands busy and mind focused …… Read More

 

Looking for Yarn?

I often go to the manufacturer’s website directly to look for yarns, sometimes they introduce new, and other times they just might have a good clearance going on.  Bernat, Red Heart, Lion Brand just to name a few. I also sign up for the newsletters by email since you get a heads up on new yarns being introduced , as well as access to  free patterns.

Here is an interesting new yarn that Bernat is introducing… I just love the luscious colors and love working with bright, vibrant self striping colors.

Introducing Bernat Mosaic – Luxury and Style

We have a special treat for you today. Introducing Bernat® Mosaic, your new favorite yarn. First – be stunned by the richness of the colors; Second– be inspired by the inventive color combinations; Third – be amazed as the long stripes appear between your fingers; and Finally, enjoy knowing that caring for the finished product is as easy as can be.

Bernat® Mosaic is a worsted-weight yarn, perfect for afghans, garments, and accessories. The color shifts look great in simple stockinette, with textured details, as crochet motifs, and anything else you can come up with. Bright, dark, subtle, bold – jump into your favorite color scheme and go where the yarn takes you. Even beginners can create their own work of art with Bernat® Mosaic.

bernat-ball_mosaicThere are many yummy colors available to see them click here:     Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     

Source:  Bernat Newsletter and Bernat Website: http://www.bernat.com/index.php 

Knitting Techniques for More Successful Knitting

Knitting Daily (where life meets knitting).

yarnneedles-177-x-132If you are interested in learning to knit, just learning to knit, or an experienced knitter, who can turn down a great offer like this??
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Knitting Techniques for More Successful Knitting Help for all Knitters from the Knitting Daily Experts

  Knitting excites us. It puts us at ease. Knitting allows us to express our creativity and construct beauty. Knitting challenges us. No matter what drives you to pick up your knitting needles, no matter what your skill level, this free download is a must-have guide that all knitters will appreciate and enjoy. Keep a copy in your project bag so you can always have a quick reference for casting on, cable knitting, stitches for embellishing or fixing errant colors, knitting finishing techniques, and more! Now expert knitting tips will always be within reach once you
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Sewing With Kids

Sewing with Kids. 2July2010. Clothilde.com-Sewing Savvy Newsletter.
Just a note before the newsletter: Clothilde.com has a wide assortment of items for those interested in sewing and quilting. I signed up for their newsletter which normally has some very inspirational ideas.
Sewing With Kids
Kids may show an interest in sewing, but the sharp needles and fast pace of your sewing machine may intimidate them. It’s pretty easy to start them out with some string and plastic mesh canvas to get the hang of hand sewing. After that, it won’t take long to move them on to needles and scrap fabric, or to replacing missing buttons on their favorite shirts. When teaching kids to use sewing machines, it helps if you have a machine that has multiple speed settings. Pressure pedals will work too; however, just make sure kids can safely reach the pedals and set a nonskid pad beneath the foot pedal. Start slowly and pick a very basic pattern, or just teach kids to sew straight or zigzag stitches in lines on scrap fabric until they are comfortable. As long as kids remember to keep their little fingers away from the needle, they should gain confidence and learn to enjoy sewing on a machine.

Kids are naturally curious and love to learn new things, but they also have very short attention spans. Therefore, it is important to come up with quick and easy projects that they can complete in a short period of time with minimal assistance. Once they see the finished product, they will be excited about more challenging projects.

To get kids excited about sewing, you could take them to the fabric store and let them pick out their own fabrics. Fat quarters are cheap and small enough for kids to work with easily. They will love the bright array of colors and patterns to choose from. Giving kids their own sewing scissors and pincushion also makes them feel like their projects are their own.
Ideas for Kid-Friendly Sewing Projects

    • Pillowcases
    • Simple blankets for charities:  Project Linus Donate homemade blankets you and your kids make to this great charity that gives blankets to hospitals and shelters.
    • Shorts
    • Scarves or bandannas for pets
    • Reusable shopping bags

Source:
http://www.clotilde.com/sewing_savvy.php?mode=article&article_id=1007&source=SEWNL

4 Reasons to take up Knitting

by Andrea Katz

We live in a society that moves at a relentless pace, wanting instant gratification & hardly ever stopping to take stock of what is really important in life. In this environment, many people are searching for something creative & rewarding to occupy themselves. Hundreds of thousands of people are finding that creative outlet in KNITTING. So why should you take up knitting?

tuck-stitch-hand-knitting-29-4-16-22Firstly, as mentioned above, it is a creative outlet. There is nothing like the feeling of achievement of taking yarn & 2 needles (or 4!) & creating a pair of socks or a jumper or a toy for your favourite small person. Knitting involves only 2 stitches that are repeated in varying ways to produce absolutely endless possibilities for your creativity.
Secondly, knitting is relaxing. After a long day at work, coming home and sitting down to knit a few rows enables you to relax (unless you’re knitting a really complicated pattern & getting it wrong – then knitting can be stressful!). Have a few projects on the go at all times so you have ‘relaxing’ knitting & ‘complicated’ knitting & can knit the appropriate project depending on your mood.

Thirdly, knitting exercises your brain. ‘Complicated’ knitting involving intricate lace work, or a pattern that has 54 rows to every pattern repeat can really stretch your thinking processes. Not to mention having to calculate how to pick up stitches or increase/decrease stitches evenly.

Finally, you should take up knitting because you might love it! Many a dedicated knitter was initially a knit-sceptic, thinking knitting was for grannies, but once taught how to use those needles found they loved it because it’s creative & relaxing & exercises your brain & a host of other reasons. Some knit-a-holics tried knitting once, many years ago & failed but on trying again fell in love & haven’t looked back.

So, for the reasons mentioned above, give knitting a go & you might surprise yourself with what you can achieve.

About the Author
Andrea Katz has been knitting for 28 years & is a self confessed knit addict. She knits any & everything & sometimes designs her own patterns.
To view some of Andrea’s knits, see http://babypieknits.blogspot.com/