The ruminations of an artist on art & life...art quilts, beading, knitting, drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking are all my passions, I love to explore creating....

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Cashmere and Lace Repurposed (Creative Every Day!)

I love cashmere, but right now I can't afford the yarn---at least not enough to knit myself a whole sweater. I'm always looking at lovely new cashmere sweaters--but again-the cost! And I am larger sized woman, so the choices are limited. Then one day in a thrift shop (while shopping for wool sweaters to felt for various projects) I spied this very large black men's turtleneck sweater. Hmmmm...it sure was soft! so I checked the fiber content---it was pure cashmere! I bought it in a flash.

I should have taken a shot of this sweater when I started--when it was a very large man's turtleneck...anyhow, I have refashioned (repurposed, recycled?) this warm, soft, cozy, fuzzy all cashmere sweater. Now I find myself wearing it almost everyday around the house, because it is so soft and warm.

First I threw it in the washing machine and then dryer with a load of wool sweaters--hoping to shrink the sweater some---but I discovered that cashmere doesn't shrink much, and it sure does not felt at all. So next I took out the scissors and cut out the turtleneck and then I turned the edge under and hemmed around the neck--by hand. The sleeves were much too long, so I cut them off and also hemmed them by hand.
Then I used some washable wool sock yarn to crochet the edging around the neck and sleeve cuffs. I just used a steel crochet hook and poked it right through the hemmed cashmere edge to make a row of single crochet, then crocheted some shells into this row of single crochet, and finished with picot row.



The neck and sleeves edging took me 2 evenings to finish--and now I have my own warm cashmere sweater, created for about $10.00. And I can just throw it in the washer and dryer to clean it, since the fibers don't shrink. Plus, every time I wear this sweater somewhere I get compliments on it.....

10 comments:

The Laughing Parrot said...

That turned out very nice indeed! And what a wonderful find...:) Kudos for 're-using' instead of purchasing new!

Mary Timme said...

It looks so soft and cozy! Yum, comfy!

June said...

I had no idea that cashmere did not felt. What a brilliant idea you came up with, the sweater looks soft and comfy. On a bitter cold day you can hunker down amongst soft pillows with a cup of tea and a good book wearing your cashmere garment.
June

ELLIE said...

WOW - your sweater and the owls ae wonderful!!! the sweater is outstanding - I love the little attachments you added...and the owls are so colorful - love the look!!!
I am also part of Creative Everyday 2008 - so I thought I would go around and check out other participants...
take care
Peace--Ellie

cat said...

Wow! That turned out beautifully! Cashmere is delish, and I'm so happy for you that you found something you could repurpose in such a creative and beautiful way!

Leah said...

i love what you've done with the sweater!! the edging in crochet is fabulous!

navigatingbystars said...

Hi found your blog from the apron swap.I love to customise clothing it is so rewarding.lovely sweater.
really nice site.I am jane b on the list of participents

you can check me out from there. love to hear from you.

Bejeweled said...

Wonderful work on that! Love all the details and improvements you made to it - so soft and pretty!

Kathy said...

I am SO impressed and so JEALOUS!!! You are a fabulous knitter, among other obvious talents you possess... want to come to Knitter's Night Out with us tonight?!? We'd love to have you stop by... oh... and please wear your black cashmere sweater! All my best,
Kathy

Sheila said...

Cashmere doesn't felt? Who knew! Thanks for the info in your post. I will now check to see if my stains can be cut out (they are tiny) and make it into a cute cardigan.