I’m not a knitter, but I play one on TV. Actually, that’s not true at all, but I have been mistaken on a number of occasions for local knitting celebrity Lorilee Beltman, on account of our same name. She owns City Knitting here in Grand Rapids. Still, I was inspired by these tres adorable mittens I spotted while on holidays this summer, at a candy store in Wisconsin.
They were so chic and cute, and made from recycled sweaters. What a nifty idea for those of you who do knit (can I get a witness?). Check out the sweaters in your closet. Can you find any that have passed their fresh-by date? No? Who are you–Stacy London from What Not to Wear? Most of us have sweaters that are A) ugly, or B) don’t fit, due to laundry accidents or too much time at the buffet. I think these were actually sewn, and not knit, on second thought. At any rate, I could see many unfashionable sweaters gaining a fashion forward second life as cozy, fetching mittens. You could give these as gifts, or even sell them at craft fairs or etsy.com.
I found some similar pairs on etsy, ranging in price from $17-$26!
And here we have one of my favorite cousins of all time, Reginald of Rosenort, holding a jean blanket made by his MIL, from the outgrown jeans of his wife and daughters. Again, an idea for sew-ers, but what a fantastic idea! I found one similar on etsy for $65. $100 with shipping. Here’s the description:
“Versatile, is the best way to describe a jean blanket. It can be used anywhere for anything. All seams are enclosed. At the beach (sand shakes off easily), for camping/picnics (grass and twigs won’t stick), have around the house as an extra blanket for those chilly nights, or use as a lap blanket when snuggling on the couch.”