Adventures in arm knitting

So I stumbled upon this as I was searching for more recycled-fashion ideas and it stopped me in my repurposing tracks…

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A gorgeous, chunky infinity scarf in 30 minutes, using my arms as needles?  Um, yes please!  I taught myself crochet-basics this past spring and have always wanted to learn how to knit.  I figured this was a great way to start!

I watched the awesome tutorial by Simply Maggie and, after a few views and several pauses, had a pretty good rhythm down.  I whipped up this scarf relatively quickly,

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and used this tutorial (and my knowledge of crochet) to make a button cuff.

I am officially hooked on hooking yarn to my arm!  This is super easy, relaxing, fun, and quickly makes pieces that are warm, snuggly, and beautiful!

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The only downside – it snags and pulls more because the knit is so loose.  I had to take apart this scarf yesterday due to several pulls that I couldn’t fix.  I adore this color, so I plan on making another one asap.  I’m going to redo the cuff as well and maybe use suede or leather instead.  This cuff was too bulky with an already bulky scarf.

Now my days and nights are filled with thoughts of yarn, and I’m starting to get the Pinterest-sweats.  The list of arm knitting and crochet projects that I would like to take on are growing faster than I can process.  Everyone is getting homemade gifts for the holidays this year.

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Everyone.  🙂

 

 

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Sweater weather

Love me some background music for today’s sweater repurposing session – a session that did not have a distinct plan (which I can tell may be my favorite).

I also purchased this sweater from Victoria’s Secret (you will see this pattern) in cream and black.  I figured they would be perfect for leggings since they are long and easy to accessorize with their neutral color.

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It’s functionality was deceiving.  While it’s cute overall, it’s anything but comfortable.  It’s clingy, itchy, and not very versatile.  I tried to expand its use with jeans, but it just looked lumpy and unflattering.  The foldover, cowl neck made it look awkward with a scarf.   It was left purposeless…

I started by making the same cuts as the previous sweater and decided to try out some of these ideas that I found on Pinterest.

I sewed over the raw ends of the arms and made the little stitch for my thumb to create arm warmers.  I also sewed over the raw edge of the body of the sweater to initially make a skirt.  It ended up being way too big and stretchy after it was cut-off from the rest of its friends, so I decided to use it as an infinity scarf instead.

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Love.  Them.

These new pieces came just in time for the rush of wintry weather.

‘Cause it’s too coooooooold for me here and now.  But I can hoooooold both my hands in new holes of my sweater.*

*I have a slight obsession in creating my own lyrics to songs.  Be prepared to see this often.