I know this blog is about easy knitting projects, but I came across this great idea for re purposing sweaters that I simply could not ignore!
I love creating crafts, any crafts, but I also love reusing and re-purposing things to be new again, and I have a few sweaters that have seen better days. I usually donate gently used clothes I am finished with but I have some sweaters that have holes or thin parts and really are not any good to anyone, so instead of throwing them away I came across this video on how to simply upcycle.
Upcycling - Trendy and Chic
"Upcycle" is a trendy word, not even sure if it is a real word as my spell check keeps flagging it! But it has become a trendy way to re-purpose things to get a second life out of them and also saves a few dollars but even better, is just how unique an item you can create for just the cost of your labour.
Your new recycled scarf will not be like anyone else's out there. You are not buying yarn that everyone else is buying, you are putting together a piece of artwork! Maybe that is a little over the top, but who else would have one just like yours? You can create yourself a knitted scarf in an evening or afternoon out of sweaters that were simply jammed in the back of your closet or collecting dust on a shelf.
If your favourite sweater has seen better days, you can still wear it as a scarf. In this video she uses many different sweaters for colour and pattern, but you could just use one and turn the squares around as you sew them to add interest in the pattern.
Sewing Machine or By Hand
This works best using a sewing machine on zigzag but you could do this by hand while watching TV or listening to music in the evenings. This is when I do my knitting projects, to wind down from my day and to stay off the computer in the late evening hours as it was interrupting my sleep.
If you have read any of my blog posts, you can see that I love to find easy to knit patterns and ideas that don't require constant counting of stitches or anything to intricate. I could handle more complicated knitting projects, but I choose not to!
This is even another step into simplification! You don't even have to knit the item and you can end up with a gorgeous scarf!
Check out the video, and see if this doesn't get you thinking about those old sweaters you have or your kids have, especially if you live in a colder winter climate as I do! If you simply don't have any sweaters you want to cut up check with the thrift store.
I have a friend who works in our local Salvation Army thrift store and they do get bags of clothes that they simply cannot resell and have to throw away. You could ask if they have any sweaters they are throwing away that no one can buy or use and then gently wash them and get to work on your upcycled scarf!
If you are looking for a hobby, or a way to de-stress but don't want anything to complicated, consider knitting!
You may have seen complicated looking sweaters, or those friends at work who have been knitting for years and show up with beautiful pieces and feel intimidated by those projects. Don't! You can get started with minimal materials, and instruction. I myself, over the years have learned many knitting techniques, but when it came to creating things I always tend to revert to simple and easy!
It might just be my stage of life, or I simply don't want anything to complicated. I came off the evening computer marathons so that I could sleep better, and I found that adding a hobby to those evening hours was the best thing I did. But if it was too complicated then I wouldn't feel relaxed as I do this hobby in the evening hours to relax and feel ready for sleep. So if you have been following my blog at all you will see many of the projects I have done or have found to do are pretty basic but don't look plain.
I learn best with visual aids such as with You Tube, or CD's or something with pictures! This kit includes everything for the beginner to get started and to take it one step at a time and enjoy this great relaxing hobby!
With this kit, you get to choose your colours, and everything you need for the project is in the kit including a CD.
Once you get the hang of it, you can create all kinds of knitted products for yourself or gifts, you are not restricted to scarves (although I have done a bunch of those!). Right now I am knitting squares that I will sew together for a pillow cover for my couch.
Learn the basics and simply have fun with this hobby. This kit is online and affordable and this way you have not invested a lot of money if you don't like it but I am sure you will like it! It would also make a great gift idea for anyone on your list this year.
Are You Intimidated by the Hobby Store?
Then getting a kit or supplies online is a good way if you don't feel comfortable in a hobby store. I remember going into a hobby store that had rows of yarn, wool, needles, and I didn't have a clue. Once you learn the basics you will also find that online offers a lot of variety!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.