Friday, 6 March 2009

i talk too much

Well, a lot and wow, do I have a lot to say this week. It's actually given me pause to stop and look at my recent output and realise that I am being really productive at the moment. What is it - the approach of spring? the coalescence of ideas? heightened sensitivity to buzzing?

Speaking of buzzing, here's one that has really been bothering me. On 1 July 2006 I read this fantastic post over at Wardrobe Refashion about making 'sleeve pants' - refashioning the arms of adult t-shirts into leggings for an infant. I have been desperate to make a pair ever since.

When we were in Las Vegas last year I scored big time with an alpaca-wool blend long-sleeved knit dress. I unravelled it for the most part with the intention of making the Knitted Veil from Pyrenees Wool (Ravelry link) from Victorian Lace Today. Only problem with it was that the shoulder and arm seams were overlocked (serged) which meant no unravelling there. A spare pair of sleeves; hmm, what to do with them?

They're a bit rough as I just winged it with the pattern shape. I made the back seam longer than the front to help them fit in the crotch and then used the neck of the garment as the waistband instead of making a casing and putting in elastic. Only problem is that the buzzing has actually gotten worse on this one. I want to make more - many, many more.

ps. am I talking to myself? do leave a comment and let me know.

7 comments:

Leonie said...

They look very interesting, what a novel idea of how to use those leftover sleeves! Do you have anyone they will fit or will they go into the future gifts pile?

Moorecat said...

Hearing you loud and clear!

Do you think that it's funny you've moved to one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world, and we had one here last night? Only 4.6 according to Mr Richter, so just a baby one, really :)

becky c. said...

Still listening!

heidi said...

such a good idea! i can't wait to see them on minicycle. :)

millymollymandy loves to quilt said...

keep talking...and knitting and refashioning... I like to "listen "to you ....I hope that one day I will learn to knit..until then ...I will listen !!

Abby said...

I believe I would describe you as a prolific knitter/seamstress/crafter. And those pants are rather clever. Nice work!

Jessica said...

I love seeing your re-crafting projects. It's very inspiring.