I hit up Value Village on Saturday and found three cashmere sweaters for a total of $18 and some change. There were a few more but the condition and colors weren't so great. I may have to go back and get them though because I am over the moon with how these fingerless gloves turned out.
Here I am pretending to be a hand model with not so good results (ignore the man hands, please!).
For the ruffled pair, I cut up the front of the sweater into two rectangles and two long strips. I zig-zagged the edges of the long strips and sewed a gathering stich down the center. On the rectangles, I did a little hem were the thumbholes are, sewed the ruffle on, hemmed the bottom and then sewed up the side, leaving the thumbhole open.
The other pair with the buttons was made from the sleeves. I did the thumbholes, bottom hem and side hem as above and just stitched on the decorative buttons.
I still have the back of this purple sweater left and two more sweaters - one black and one ivory with tiny cables. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to work on them this week.
I made a couple of softies for the boys from this tutorial. It's super easy and, if you buy a 10-pack of socks from Target for $6.99 like I did, it's super cheap! I may make a couple more for the Toy Society. If so, I'll stuff them a bit more - I think these were a little understuffed and show too many wrinkles around the neck and mouth. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the 6 other pairs of crew socks......
One of my favorite blogs is gearing up for a handmade holiday. Please check it out here!
I've also added a button to the Handmade Gift Guide on the right side of my blog page.
I am planning on making (read: completing!) some handmade gifts this year. I bought a pattern from Ravelry for a super fast and cute gift that I plan to give to the nieces and some friends. For now I am keeping it a secret but I will post some pictures when I have some FOs!