Even though I’m not participating in any craft shows this fall and winter (sniff, sniff! I miss it! I almost applied for one in December, but talked myself out of it because I just. do. not. have. time. this year to produce enough!), I am still working on craft projects for sale here and there. Currently I am working on five pairs of upcycled wool mittens. (Scroll down to the middle of this post to see my favourite pairs from last year’s batch. And see my Sold page for photos of all the pairs I made last year.)
This batch of five pairs features mostly cashmere wool, with the blue pair being made from a sweater that included rabbit hair! I LOVE the feel and look of cashmere, so in my thrift store wool-hunting this past year, I limited my wool purchases to cashmere wool. My mother also gave me some cashmere sweaters she had stashed for some sewing projects. I have a pretty decent variety of colours in cashmere!
And as usual, each pair will feature a suede leather palm, because this lends a certain strength and sturdiness to the mitten (especially with the way I sew all the parts together). It also better protects the wearer’s hands when driving, shoveling snow, or throwing snowballs. 😀 And as usual again, I’m decorating each pair individually. I love, love, LOVE picking out fun bits of fabric and buttons to adorn them with!
I can’t wait to show you when they are finished and listed for sale along with a few other pairs of upcycled wool mittens. Enjoy the works-in-progress photos – can you see the fuzziness of the cashmere?? It’s so soft and cozy!
(sorry about the blurry photo above – view it as though it’s a watercolour painting!)