Well we are up and running again here... the laptop works(!), the sewing machine is whirring, the camera clicking, and this was the result:
A cable-knit catastrophe
A doily disaster
A vexing vest...
Yes, today's edition of taking something thrifted and sewing it into something
nifty narsty is all about the blunders I encounter while creating.
I was hoping to get two outfits for the slice of one sweater here: a sweater vest, and a cozy shrug. Hence, the full circle cut-out of the back of this cable-knit sweater I had.
I soon decided to shrug the shrug, because I could only laugh at the thought of pretending to wear it seriously. (Don't worry it goes to other uses...)
Anywho, back to this vest thing... it was originally just going to be an exposed back. But after hemming it for that purpose, it stretched way down past my posterior (you'll have to trust me, it looked silly). My doily-brain then kicked in and said "hey, slap a doily in that hole for a real pretty back feature!". So I did.
This is probably the point in the story where you start to think "didn't she just post last time about how her Ben hates vests?"... and yes, he took one look at this and went:
"Seriously? A vest.. and a doily??
Are you trying to torture me?"
At which point I used my stunning logic and retorted:
"No, no, it's not a vest... it's a sweater-vest!"
(He wasn't convinced either).
We laughed. This whole project has been a blunder from the start, really.
The cable-knit went all puckered out around the doily... so that was silly. My gal there thought it was worth pranking the photo-op too, more bloopers!
Now, back to that 'shrug' section.. I took the sleeve of the sweater and cut it into thirds.
The top (larger) piece was quickly edged with fleece for a funny lil' knit hat for the Hud'.
The wrist cuff became a simple 'cup-cozy' (not that I'm giving coffee to a baby).
The middle could easily make an infant toque...
(For more ideas of how to upcycle a sweater you can check my previous projects with them here!)
So there you have it, full discloser from this nest.
Not everything I touch turns to gold... sometimes it just plain sucks.
Right now I'm just glad that my other cable knit sweater survived the chopping block.
It's keeping me nice and cozy on these crisp Fall mornings.
The moral of the story?
Experiment. Fail. Try Again.
Creativity will fly from these ashes.