Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Recycled Sweater Mittens - GIVEAWAY!!

So I found this super easy recycled sweater mitten video tutorial here, but I super hated every second of making these. The original design involves the cuff from the donor sweater being folded over and tacked down with a button, but this seemed "unfinished" to me, so I changed it. I used the fleece to make a cuff that is attached to both the inner and outer fabrics. These gloves are ridiculously warm, but I guess that only matters if your fingers enjoying feeling like they are in a russian banya.

A few things I learned from this project:
1. Cutting and sewing felted wool leaves a fine, wool-y dust all over my sewing area
2. My sewing machine gets grumpy when clogged with wool-y dust
3. Hand sewing is for suckers
4. My fingers are claustrophobic and they don't like being sardine-packed in to mittens.

These mittens are lined with heavy fleece, and the outer fabric is felted wool recycled from an ugly thrift store sweater. They seem to fit women's hands the best. I had planned to embellish these with some ribbon or buttons or something, but you know how I get when a project annoys me. So, as usual, I AM GIVING THEM AWAY!! If anyone is interested in owning these, just leave a comment here or on my Facebook post. I will pick a winner (if anyone even responds) on Monday, December 14th. Also, I can throw in the templates if you want them. Just let me know.

Disclaimer - This is my first (and only) attempt at this pattern, so they are not perfect. But, they are finished and warm.


littlepurpleroom said...

Well I think they are nice. And I love handmade so I think I should win them. Plus I have the coldest hands in Ohio...just ask my husband. He will tell you my feet are just as cold....
And yes, throw in the templates. I would like to try my hand at making some.
Thanks for the chance.

robejm said...

Hi, I've seen some of these mittens made up and would like to get the instructions. Could you email them to me?

Thanks in advance, Judy