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Ever since I was asked to make a purse from an accidentally felted Eileen Fisher sweater last year, I’ve been thinking about making more “upcycled” sweater purses. I’ve been seeing really cute ones on Pinterest, and spotted this one at a high school basketball game:

Photo of an upcycled sweater purse

I know I want to make some!

To get started, I created an Upcycled Sweater Purses Pinterest board to collect  ideas. I have a couple of wool sweaters that were headed to the thrift store, but are now in a plastic tote, waiting to be upcycled.  I just need some time to dig in and have fun!

Accessories, especially purses, are always popular items at my fundraising boutique sales, and I think upcycled sweater purses would be a big hit. Do you agree?


Fashion sketch of the twisted collar pieceSomething caught my eye on Pinterest last week…a beautiful chunky knit collar-skirt by Masnada. It has two wide ribbed strips that are twisted and attached to a collar (or waist band, if you were to wear it as a skirt). How striking! After obsessing about this piece for a few days and sketching it out, I decided I had to try to make it.

First, I needed some bulky yarn. Just like a seamstress uses inexpensive muslin fabric to create prototype designs, I wanted to use a cost-effective bulky yarn to initially design this piece. I headed to my local discount craft store and found Debbie Norville Serenity Chunky on sale for less than $3 per skein of 109 yards. Perfect!

Next, I started knitting the strips. Using US size 11 needles, I cast on 15 stitches and worked in 1×1 ribbing for 44″. After knitting a second strip to match, I laid the two strips on the floor to arrange the twists, pinned the twists together, joined the twisted piece into a circle, and used a three needle bind-off to join the edges together.

Knitted strips twisted around each other

The challenging part was to figure out the design of the collar. Should I make it as a separate piece and sew the twisted strips to it? Or, could I pick up the edges of the twisted strips and knit up from there? Because I strive to minimize sewing in my patterns, I decided to try to pick up the stitches.

My first attempt, however, was a disaster. I picked up some stitches along the “hills” of the twists, and cast on some over the “valleys”. After knitting for a couple of inches, I tried it on. It was awful; the cast on edges curled and looked sloppy. It was so bad I didn’t even take a photo.

I quickly ripped out those inches and started again, this time picking up stitches along both the hills and valleys. Much better! Here’s a photo showing my “take 2” after I had knitted the collar for a few inches:

Collar being knit

Last night, I finished knitting it, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Finished Wrap

I’m thinking about turning my notes into a pattern. Would you be interested?



Update, Nov 12 2012: After publishing this post, I released a pattern for this wrap. You can find it here.

Keep Calm and Knit Neon PosterClearly, neon is the “in” color for the spring of 2012. I’m seeing neon clothing and accessories everywhere. I especially like the collection that Nina Garcia, Marie Claire Fashion Director and Project Runway judge, has curated on her Pinterest board titled Spring 2012 trend: Neon. How fun!

Unfortunately, I know I can’t wear neon next to my face. The bright colors wash me out. Perhaps you feel the same way? Fear not…we can all be neon fashionistas by accessorizing. Think neon skinny belts, purses, and shoes. Or, neon knitted jewelry!

My free Knitted Bracelet pattern can be made easily with neon beads. I love this one, which I knit with transparent green peridot seed beads mixed with frosted white and lime green beads.

Neon Bracelet

Close Up of Neon Bracelet

Have you used neon beads or yarn to make a bright accessory? If so, I would love to hear from you!

I admit it. I am hooked on Pinterest, a site that allows you to create and share online pinboards. I have created pinboards for many of my interests, including knitting, cooking, reading, and inspirational women leaders. As I step back after using it for a few months, I realize that I am using Pinterest in a variety of ways:

For inspiration:  I pin images of knitting projects that I find inspiring, whether they are commercially produced or hand crafted. One example is my knitted jewelry pinboard:

Knitted jewelry Pinboard

For motivation: Sadly, I am not an avid reader, and I would like to read more books for pleasure as well as personal growth. To help motivate myself, I created a pinboard of books I have read this year.  My goal is to read at least twelve books this year, and I know that I will be encouraged to stay on track by watching my pinboard grow in size.

Books I've Read in 2012 Pinboard

For sharing:  I love my slow cooker, and I created a pinboard of my favorite slow cooker recipes to share with family and friends.

Slow Cooker Pinboard

For marketing: As is the case with most bloggers, I want to market my blog and grow my readership. In addition to utilizing Twitter and Facebook, I also use Pinterest. Each time I post to my blog, I pin an image from the post to one of my Pinterest boards. This image links back to my blog, and hopefully I will get some viewers interested to come back for more!

How do you use pinterest for your hobbies? How about for work-related needs? Please comment! I’d love to hear from you.