Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring Sweater Update

While Lucy and I were out prom dress shopping, I saw this awesome sweater in the window of a store. I stalked it for a few days, wondering how I could inconspicuously take a pic of it without the people in the store thinking I was a true stalker. I did get this pic, terrible as it is.
It does show vaguely how cool it was. I love the idea of taking a long, outdated winter sweater and making it into a long Spring vest!
    I remembered that deep in the dark recesses of Emma's closet was a sweater similar to this one that I could cut the sleeves off of and make it work, as she hadn't found it, nor worn it for years.
So, Em found it and gave it to me, (not knowing what I had in mind for it.) As I began to hack off the sleeves, Emma walked in, and in true Emma fashion said, "So, I see you are taking my favorite sweater and trashing it!" Umm...yes? Maybe "trashing" is the new "updating". Oh, how I love that girl.
This had to be the easiest project ever. All I did was cut off the sleeves and put some fabric fray stuff on it (of course I would never hem the sleeves...too much work! )So then I just added a length of ribbon and weaved it into the center of the sweater, and it was almost done.
At the last minute I took a piece of the sleeve and folded it into a rose and sewed it to the front, which I think upped the cute factor quite a bit.
Off to search for a model. (I never have to search far in this house of girls.) As usual, I talked Lucy into it.
I think it looks perfect as a Spring sweater, and she pulled it off great with jeans and a t-shirt.

She did pull a quick 
spider-monkey move and shimmy up onto the pillar for a really cool pose that I had to post also. Ah, to be young and agile.

Here's a little Happy Spring endnote. I took this pic before our last big snowstorm last week and had to post it with a favorite poem of mine by Robert Herrick.

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
As yet the early-rising sun
Has not attain'd his noon.
Stay, stay,
Until the hasting day
Has run
But to the even-song;
And, having pray'd together, we
Will go with you along.

--Robert Herrick
These poor mini daffodils were struggling through the snow to peek up. (A favorite side note story: My friend Keith Homer, gardener extraordinaire, occasionally does "guerilla gardening" at random houses. One year he planted these without me knowing and the next Spring, up they popped!) They are so beautiful and a perfect symbol of Spring and Easter.
And finally, since we are bogged down with rain and snow and sleet right now, I decided to cozy up in my house and finish up a project that had been taking way too long to finish. A soft, white baby blessing blanket. It's made from Red Heart yarn and is some sort of furry micro fiber that feels like a baby lamb (or any fuzzy, cute creature.) I wove a piece of blue ribbon into the edge and gave it to a cute couple that had a baby boy that Emma works with. So, that's one major project down and on to Easter!


  1. As usual, I am totally impressed. Right now I'm searching my brain to think of a sweater we might be able to "trash". Did I mention that you're amazing?

  2. That sweater turned out great!! I absolutely love it. I think you are right about the fabric earrings! That is a great idea, wouldn't be too hard, right?