Bookish Thursday: Sweater Renewal

Wow for some reason I keep thinking it is Friday! I must want the weekend to come faster so I can have some crafting time, and boy does this week’s book give me some ideas!!

Sweater Renewal

Sweater Renewal: Felting Knits into New Sweaters and Accessories by Sharon Franco Rothschild is a volume full of sweater recycling ideas! Combining felting wool sweaters with embroidery, knitting, crochet and other crafts to make one of a kind projects that are sure to turn heads!

I for one am very glad that I have recently learned to crochet because I want to make this:


and this…


and these too!


I’ll have to scour the racks at my local Salvation Army thrift store (they have 50% off family days on Wednesday!) and find just the right sweater! In the past I have bought thrift store sweaters to recycle them by unraveling them, but Sweater Renewal has me looking at them in a whole new way!

I could totally see getting a sweater, felting it, using a hole punch to put holes at regular intervals and popping it onto a knitting loom to embellish it and change it into something new! Couldn’t you?

And perhaps.. just maybe.. one of my husband’s sweaters might ‘accidentally’ get run through the wash.. oops dear.. well look we can always make the best of it.. heheh

Only kidding!!

Look out next week for a review of  Shibori Knits yep.. more felting knits on purpose with beautiful results!!

How To’s Day: How to Recycle a Sweater

How to’s day iconI talked about recycling sweaters way back on Blog Action Day. You asked for the tutorial, and here it is. How to recycle those nice sweaters you find at the thrift store or the yard sale or whatever! This article was originally found in the Summer issue of Loom Knitters Circle.

It’s a great way to get some cheap yarn if you are knitting on a budget. It’s also a little tiny way to knit green!

To view the article and download click here.