Wednesday, December 23, 2009

his/hers

She loved mine so much, she started saving.
Hers and his sweaters, that no longer fit, have a hole or are simply worn a little too much.
I cut 13 x 13 inch squares out of ten sweaters. Using the front and back, this gave me 20 squares. I wanted it a little bigger and didn't want to waste any of those (cashmere!) sweaters, so I used the sleeves and pieced them together in order to get five more squares. At first I had reservations about using the front of the cardigan, and now that is my favorite square. Love the buttons. For the back I used some camel colored pendleton wool that I purchased for $1.00 at our church harvest fair.
This may be my favorite gift I'll be giving this year.
Two days left? Seriously?!
Have a great one!

64 comments:

even eve said...

nice blanket

TAMI said...

The cardigan front square IS the best!! It'll definitely be a cozy gift.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That's a great gift!

Trisha said...

What a great idea!

PghCathy said...

What a lovely gift! And think of the memories that will are in those squares. I also like the cardigan front best, too.

Rachele Alpine said...

I love love love your Toast and Toasty pattern. I gave them away to all my coworkers for Christmas, and I'm not giving a pair away during a contest on my blog! I'm a writer, and they're awesome to have on those cold days spent typing!

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Kat said...

That is an awesome idea! I have seen some cute ones made with kids clothes that they grow out of. I think I might do that when I have kids to keep as a memory type blanket.

Rose said...

I love it! Did it feel weird to cut the sweaters? I just made a pair of pjs with vintage fabric and it gave me pause to cut it. Don't you just love that you can create gifts? It's a great feeling. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sarah Jackson said...

It's gorgeous! what a great idea.

Jane said...

What a fantastic way to use up old sweaters. It looks so cozy!

Amy said...

How scary to make the first cut, right? It's a great idea and very pretty!

the greenhorn knitter said...

What a fab idea!

Caffeine Girl said...

Stunning! Great way to avoid waste. If only I could sew!

vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

how sweet is that?

Jane said...

so,so nice leslie!

La sirène said...

What a beautiful idea!!!!!!!

From All Stitched Up said...

That is awesome. I'm saving from now on. I do like the buttons. Merry Christmas!

Kristyn Knits said...

what a wonderful gift!! she's going to love it!! a last minute knitted gift is consuming me right now. yikes! what was I thinking?

Erin Wallace said...

So cool! I love this idea!

the treat girl said...

Wowza!! I JUST put aside a cashmere sweater with a teeny hole on the sleeve...thinking, "I could do something with this...." Now I know! Thanks for the inspiration!

tracie said...

Your sweater blanket is wonderful. When should I expect it in the mail. LOL!!

The receiver is one lucky person...

Have a wonderful and Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

MadMad said...

She is going to be sooooo psyched, that is for sure. You are a great friend! And that is it: I am getting myself a sewing machine.

house on hill road said...

i'm still saving....

stitching under oaks said...

I've started saving...my mil just gave me a cashmere sweater that has some moth holes in it...didn't know what I was going to do with it, now I do! great idea Leslie...wonderful gift.

Jen said...

That is beautiful! I love it! What a great way to repurpose!

Seanna Lea said...

That's really cool!

Beverly said...

Great idea! I don't have that kind of talent so I appreciate it when I see it. Lucky recipient!

a-black-pepper said...

That is delicious and cozy! So perfect for the couch.

happy christmas L.

larissa said...

gorgeous blanket! I'm off to check my closet..and the thrift stores...and anywhere else I can think of... I want one too! thanks for all the inspiration!

APA said...

Oh my. It's so lovely and a wonderful gift. Christmas just makes more sense when there is thought and kindness in time and presence as in each square, each stitch of your hands.

Peace and love and a Merry Christmas to you!

xoxoxo...Ana

peacockchic said...

oh man, what I wouldn't do to snuggle up under that blankie. Wish I had some forlorn CASHMERE sweaters to dissect.

cksknitter said...

Fabulous gift! I would be so honored if someone gave me a gift of their time and creativity!

rosemary said...

reduce , reuse, recycle
fantastic idea!!

Merry Christmas!!

gb said...

great idea... I saw one made out of old tshirts. My husband cannot part with his 20 year old ones... I wanted one for myself too... hmmm time to dig in and find what's been hibernating. thanks for sharing, your ideas are soo wonderful and warm to the heart!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

That is really neat!

HomeMadeOriginals said...

love both of these blankets...and cashmere must make a wonderful soft one. I made a t-shirt quilt for my son this year and want to make a blanket out of sweaters...one of these days!

kim said...

Well, I think you already know how wonderful I think this project is. I can't wait to hear your friend's reaction. What a lovely gift.

Ann said...

Did you tack the pieced sweaters to the backing or just sew the back to the pieced fronts around the edge? Did you topstitch around the edge to keep the backing in place?

Jennifer said...

Wow! What a fabulous idea. Thanks so much for the idea.

Heather said...

what a wonderful way to repurpose some beautiful wool. Hope you had a wonderful holiday

Kloth & Bolt said...

oh I love this one! I saw your first ages ago and have started my own little stash of sweaters...lovely! -kb

trek said...

Dead, freakin' brill!

Christina Scovel said...

This sweater blanket is so cool. Great idea.

Heather said...

This si beautiful!! Did you put any sort of interfacing or anything on the back or did you just cut and sew? I want to make one of these!

michelle said...

It was the most lovely gift to receive! My favorite by far! Probably because of all that love sewn in every stitch :) Thank you! Thank you!
xox M

ps so happy the cookie strips made the blog too!

a friend to knit with said...

ann... i did not tack the pieces anywhere to the backing. just sewed right sides together.... then turned right side out... then topstitched around the edges.
heather... i did not use any sort of interfacing....

Gretchen said...

so awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

you know, with the cardigan square, if you open the buttons, you may even be able to wear it as a poncho!
very good idea!

pwa said...

What a lovely idea! Hope you don't mind if I borrow it?

Wonderful photography on your blog, by the way...

Shirleyanne said...

What a brilliant idea!
Especially as I'm starting to have a sort out.
Looks like I might have another project!
Thanks for sharing this.
Kind Regards

Schanett said...

what a genious idea!
just great!!!

Marta said...

What an incredible idea!

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