Thursday, February 5, 2009

Out with the Old, in with the New-ish

It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. In this case, it was my husband's sweater. He likes to spin my 15 month old girl above him like a pizza, and that was the last daredevil stunt that sweater performed. I'm sure you wonder how I can handle the spinning and tossing my husband does with all our kids. I'll tell you... You look away. I have to admit, it is nice to know we could move seamlessly into a circus act if the economy gets any worse.

So back to the real victim in all of this-- the sweater. It was a small rip, but not in a fixable location (his bicep--yeah he was proud of that one). So what do I do with a sweater we love, can't wear, but can't bear to throw away? Play Frankenstein and end up with a pair of mittens you will love!

I found this idea through my best friend growing up, Sara. She got me starting birthday week and I wish her and her fun husband all the best in their hope to adopt their first! Sara is so crafty, so of course she has crafty friends. One of which was on a morning show to give step-by- step instructions for these "handy" mittens. So cute, and so just what my freezing hands need right now.

Click here for the free mitten pattern, and click here for the free written directions. OR shell out $50 for a pair just like them (minus being your old sweater) from
You never realized cutting up an old sweater could save you $50, did you?


Holly said...

A friend of mine showed up at a Christmas party wearing gloves like this, and we all demanded to know were she got them. Turns out three lovely women in Milford, OH have a small business called Three Bags Full, and they make these exact gloves! I was fortunate to receive a pair for Christmas, and I love, love, love them. I think they were $35, so anyone who (1) doesn't sew and (2) wants to come to Milford, or talk by phone to women in the great Midwest who can make your hands cute and warm, let me know and I can pass along their phone number.

Liz said...

Hi, you don't know me, but I check your blog a lot. I love your ideas. This is one of my favourites! I can't wait to make them. Thank you for sharing.