We were in the library last week and Lucia received a compliment from an elderly gentleman on her sweater.That’s when I knew I got the look I was after.
Recycled wool: This little sweater was made from a sweater vest Juan’s ex-girlfriend gave him.Obviously, I don’t get jealous easily, because when he was ready to throw it out I put it aside for a future project.No good fabric, especially wool, gets thrown out in my house. Since it was a vest, I barely had enough fabric to make the sweater and that also meant I had to make a seam down the middle of the back.
Recycled leather: The purple leather elbow patches came from this funny purple purse I bought at a thrift store.I meant it for the dress-up box, but one day I decided to cut it up.I actually made the flower for this headband out of the leather first.The pattern comes from this book and I loved how it turned out.I was looking at all of the oversized flower necklaces in various catalogues and planned to make several for a necklace.But after one, I was done and it sat in my drawer until the sweater was done and the idea for the headband came.
Recycled buttons: Buttons don’t get thrown out much either.These came from one of Juan’s old shirts.I actually planned to make leather buttons from the same purse, but after trying one, I gave up.Maybe a punch would work—but that would require a purchase, which this project was not about.
Recylced pattern: Actually, I didn't really use a pattern for the cardigan. I used the armscye from this pattern and one of Lucia's jackets to figure out how long and wide to make the sweater. Now I need to trace the sweater onto paper so I can make a second one.
What do you think? Any other elderly men out there? (If so, what are you doing reading my blog?)