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Monday, February 12, 2018

Planning ahead?

I have been enjoying making a bunch of these....

Men's on the left and a women's pair on the right.  They're made from recycled sweaters and lined with recycled velour housecoats.  Really fun to make and cheap too!  They will be going in the Christmas box for next year (at least 14 pairs!!).  Will show you a picture once I have them all finished.  The pattern is from HERE  (with some adjustments by me).  

- For those of you who make (or who are interested in making) twiddlemuffs for patients with Alzheimer's or dementia, there is a very good how to (with great ideas) HERE (it's a PDF).  They are a wonderful use for scrap yarn.

- HERE is a nice heart-themed quilt block that would be nice in a quilt or even on its own.  And HERE is another one, and ANOTHER

- You know how sometimes you come across something that's so darned simple that you wonder why you haven't thought of it?  Well, have a look at THIS video and you'll see two fabulous (and easy!!!) tricks for knitting.

- THIS is a fun crochet pattern that would be lovely in baby blankets.

- I don't know who created THIS (if you do, please let me know and I'll give proper credit) but I thought it was such a great use for those CD's we hate to throw away.  Would be nice to fine the actual pattern. 

- Awhile ago the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design announced a challenge for participants to create pieces of needlework with the theme 'The Summer of Love'.  Their online exhibition of the creations can be found HERE.  Their next  stitch at home challenge is "View From My Window' and further information can be found HERE.

- THIS is a very elegant little pouch that would make a lovely gift for someone.

- Am I the only one that remembers at least one of THESE pillows sitting on my grandmothers couch?

- And just for the sheer cuteness factor, have a look at this....

Today the quote is from Abraham Maslow...."In any given moment we have two options: To step forward into growth or to step back into safety"


  1. Your mittens are a wonderful project! Great idea and finish.
    Thanks for the tips.
    And yes, I do remember the zig-zag crochet pillows on grandma's and aunts' sofas.
    Those were the days!
    Thanks also for the 'cuteness fix'.

  2. I loved the mittens DIY and the crocheted CD table runner too.
    I searched around and found the tutorial link..

    Have a great week MA :)

  3. Anonymous4:00 PM

    Hi Mary Anne wow what a wonderful job you do of recycling these look fantastic,well done my friend xx

  4. Dear Mary Anne......I do not want to be reminded of Christmas and all things gift making, thank you very much. =) Seriously though, gorgeous woollies; what a clever idea. Now, that is a sweet kitty. Why do cats always look so comfy, wherever they sleep.

  5. You are so clever all the great things you find to direct us to, love the cute kitten! And your ready prepared Christmas stash of gorgeous hats for next year!
    That quote is perfect for my week as I have started a new course on the history and culture of Thailand. There is a huge amount of learning, which I am trying to step forward into. I joked last week that I was getting all my Gods in a muddle and the only one I could properly remember was the God of coffee and the course Director has sent out a note saying could we all bring a drink and a snack as there isn't time to go out for coffee!! Ouch - So here I go stepping forward into growth!
    Have a great day.
    Wren x

  6. Looks like you're keeping busy. Lovely mitts.
    My daughter-in-law wanted the last year from her secret Santa but they didn't come through. I went to Value Village and got a wool sweater and now it sits in my sewing room. I have way to many things on my plate but one day I would like to make these. What a great way to recycle.

  7. I bought a pair of mittens at a craft show that were similar....felted recycled sweater material on the outside and polarfleece on the inside. Very warm but a bit too think to wear for chores, as I couldn't grip anything. Ever since I've been keeping my eyes open for a thinner wool sweater at a thrift shop, to try my hand (get it? "try my hand?" HAHAHAHA) at making myself another pair. I will check out the pattern you used, for sure - thank you! :)

  8. Love those mittens. I think just about everyone would love to receive them. They look really easy to make too.
    xx, Carol

  9. The CD runner is a brilliant. I've seen CD weaving but never crochet. If you Google ...old cds'll see some ideas. Maybe you'll find this one.

  10. Great gloves and Happy Valentines Day. Karen, Hannah and Baa. xxx

  11. Those mittens are gorgeous and so clever using recycled sweaters and fabric. Truly wonderful. I think I want to try this someday, but I suspect I'll be disappointed to not turn out something so lovely as yours. Thank you, Mary Anne for sharing this project and the link to the instructions.

  12. When I was in Espanola back in October, one of the booths at the vendor's mall had mittens made from recycled sweaters similar to the ones you made. Great set of links.Thanks

  13. These men’s and women’s mittens you are sewing are wonderful. They look warm and cozy. Great gift idea. I love this little kitty image. I must be loafing since I missed this post...actually been extra busy “staging” our home for “Third Time is the Charm” listing. Happy Valentine’s Dear...<3

  14. well there won't be any cold hands in Canada next year!! Yoiu have really ran with many pairs. I admire your dedication and organisation. I never think about Christmas until October.

  15. Wow, so organised!
    Great mittens Mary Anne, and really cosy!
    Aaah! Love that sweet kitty!
    Barbara xx


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