Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Sweater Monday!

I'm at that stage in between thrift store season and garage sale season, so I apologize for the lack of patterned and cashmere sweaters. Next Sweater Monday I should have some!

If you want to be added to my email reminder list, just let me know, and you will get an email every time I post a Sweater Monday. Ready for this week's sweaters?...

pic. 1 -Some vests, $5 each (gray/brown patterned merino, green wide ribbed shetland wool, maroon wool, grass green cabled 40% wool/30% viscose/20% angora/10% cashmere, black with pink/purple/teal paisley wool)...


pic. 2 - some more vests, $5 each (dark green cabled wool, yellow lambswool, red wide ribbed wool, long tan 70% lambswool/20% angora/10% nylon, navy with green/maroon plaid)...

 

pic. 3 - A big yellow wool blanket, approximately 86" x 62", $25 [sold]...
 

pic. 4 -some lambswools (gray cabled, big wide ribbed froggable brown [$8], pale blue cardigan, tan cabled, big charcoal [$8], big froggable wide ribbed brown #2 [$8], big charcoal #2 [$8], big maroon with diamond texture [$8])...


 pic. 5 - and some blends (brown 85% wool/15% nylon, royal blue 80% lambswool/20% nylon, black with cabled front 70% lambswool/20% angora/10% nylon, raspberry/pink 45% angora/40% lambswool/15% nylon, cream 70% lambswool/20% angora/10% nylon, cranberry with flowers accent 55% lambswool/40% angora/10% nylon, big camel colored 70% lambswool/30% nylon, gray 70% lambswool/20% angora/10% nylon, lightly felted brown heathered 70% wool/18% acrylic/12% nylon)...
 





 What is Sweater Monday? It is when I show the sweaters that are being added to my inventory. This is an opportunity for anyone to "call dibs" on sweaters they see here that they want to buy. This also saves me the time of listing them all individually in my shop, so it's a win-win. To "call dibs" or ask any questions, please email me (resweatercontacts@gmail.com). If you call dibs, please understand that you are committing to purchase them. Asking questions does not obligate you to buy them, but does not hold the sweaters for you. Pricing for individual sweaters is generally as follows: wool & wool blend sweaters $6 each, cashmere $8 (patterned, striped, & big mens cashmere $10). All exceptions will be noted. You are welcome to combine orders from Sweater Monday sweaters with sweaters in my shop. Since I seem to get the same questions about Sweater Monday, I will be posting this paragraph on the bottom of each Sweater Monday post. To see previous Sweater Monday posts, please visit Sweaters of Yore.

Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Sweater Monday!

I'm actually posting a Sweater Monday on Monday for once, lol!

If you want to be added to my email reminder list, just let me know, and you will get an email every time I post a Sweater Monday. Ready for this week's sweaters?...

pic. 1 - Some great patterned blends (big olive green variegated froggable 60% alpaca/40% wool [$8], cream/blues diamonds 86% wool/9% acrylic/5% mohair [sold], black with flowers 70% mohair wool/30% nylon)...


pic. 2 - some patterned 100% wool (felted black with vertical stripes, red with blue/gray/white sleeves [sold], black boiled wool cardigan with embroidery [sold])...
 

pic. 3 - some more patterned (animal print 70% lambswool/20% angora/10% nylon, blue/green striped 80% lambswool/20% nylon [sold], oatmeal/taupe with appliques/embroidery/striped sleeves 100% lambswool)...
 

pic. 4 - some big patterned, $8 each (zig zag striped charcoal/green/maroon 100% wool, charcoal/blue/purple/gold/green plaid 100% wool, gray with red diamond pattern 80% lambswool/20% nylon)...


 pic. 5 - some cashmere (big gray [$10] [sold], light blue [sold], cabled felted pink)...
 

pic. 6 - some 100% wools (dark green, felted red cardigan, wide ribbed charcoal, [next 3 are thinner & soft, like merino] dark red cardigan, lightly felted orange, lightly felted light brown with grid texture, heathered green, lightly felted light brown cardigan, heathered brown)...
 

pic. 7 -some blends (maroon 80% lambswool/20% nylon, lightly felted gray 60% wool/20% angora/20% nylon, lightly felted black basket weave texture cardigan 40% merino/30% viscose/20% angora/10% cashmere, cream 70% wool/18% acrylic/12% nylon, yellow froggable wide ribbed 78% merino/22% nylon, coral 69% lambswool/19% angora/12% nylon, brown cabled 70% wool/20% nylon/10% cashmere, lavender froggable 70% lambswool/30% nylon, speckled charcoal froggable 80% lambswool/20% nylon)...





 What is Sweater Monday? It is when I show the sweaters that are being added to my inventory. This is an opportunity for anyone to "call dibs" on sweaters they see here that they want to buy. This also saves me the time of listing them all individually in my shop, so it's a win-win. To "call dibs" or ask any questions, please email me (resweatercontacts@gmail.com). If you call dibs, please understand that you are committing to purchase them. Asking questions does not obligate you to buy them, but does not hold the sweaters for you. Pricing for individual sweaters is generally as follows: wool & wool blend sweaters $6 each, cashmere $8 (patterned, striped, & big mens cashmere $10). All exceptions will be noted. You are welcome to combine orders from Sweater Monday sweaters with sweaters in my shop. Since I seem to get the same questions about Sweater Monday, I will be posting this paragraph on the bottom of each Sweater Monday post. To see previous Sweater Monday posts, please visit Sweaters of Yore.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's Tutorial Tuesday! Make a toothbrush cozie! [Update: April Fool's!!!]


Are you tired of waking up to a cold toothbrush handle, or just want to do something special for your overnight guests? Decorative wool toothbrush cozies are the way to go! Check out this easy tutorial, so you can make one yourself in just 17 easy steps!






Ok, c'mon people... did you really think i'm that nuts?

Happy Aprils Fools Day!!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Sweater Monday... on Tuesday

It's Sweater Monday on Tuesday, yet again! Sorry about that! I had to shuttle my newly adopted dog back and forth to the vet yesterday, and didn't have the time to post/answer emails.

If you want to be added to my email reminder list, just let me know, and you will get an email every time I post a Sweater Monday. Ready for this week's sweaters?...

pic. 1 - some fun blends (big brown/tan striped 80% lambswool/20% nylon [$8], tan with muticolored fair isle stripes on hood/pocket 75% wool/21% nylon/4% acrylic [sold], tan/orange/pink argyle 78% lambswool/22% nylon [sold], pink/red striped 80% lambswool/20% nylon [sold])...


pic. 2 - some fun patterned (red/blue/cream with turquoise mooses shetland wool [$8] [sold], big tan/orange/yellow/maroon striped lambswool [$8] [sold], gray/blue/purple/magenta vertical striped shetland wool [sold])...


pic. 3 - some patterned wool (black/maroon/green patchwork cardigan with embroidery [sold], pink cardigan with subtle floral pattern and shaggy neck/cuffs [sold], big charcoal/tan/orange cardigan with alpacas/fair isle [$8] [sold])...


pic. 4 -some cashmere (felted black [sold], cranberry [sold], black [sold], big pink [$10] [sold], big gray [$10] [sold], short sleeved maroon [$6] [sold], black/gray/red argyle [$10] [sold], gray/red/black argyle [$10] [sold])...


pic. 5 - some lambswools (purple [sold], cream cabled [sold], big light blue [$8] [sold], green lightly felted cabled [sold], lightly felted light brown [a few small holes on the front] [sold], big cabled navy [$8] [sold], big heathered brown [$8] [sold], big heathered gray [$8] [sold], big wide ribbed green 95% LW/5% nylon  [$8])...


pic. 6 -and some merinos (big dark gray cardigan [sold], lightly felted blue [sold], feted black with navy cuffs [sold], wide ribbed red [sold], yellow [sold], lightly felted black [sold], lightly felted wide ribbed purple cardigan [sold], rusty orange [sold], lightly felted black/charcoal [sold])...





 What is Sweater Monday? It is when I show the sweaters that are being added to my inventory. This is an opportunity for anyone to "call dibs" on sweaters they see here that they want to buy. This also saves me the time of listing them all individually in my shop, so it's a win-win. To "call dibs" or ask any questions, please email me (resweatercontacts@gmail.com). If you call dibs, please understand that you are committing to purchase them. Asking questions does not obligate you to buy them, but does not hold the sweaters for you. Pricing for individual sweaters is generally as follows: wool & wool blend sweaters $6 each, cashmere $8 (patterned, striped, & big mens cashmere $10). All exceptions will be noted. You are welcome to combine orders from Sweater Monday sweaters with sweaters in my shop. Since I seem to get the same questions about Sweater Monday, I will be posting this paragraph on the bottom of each Sweater Monday post. To see previous Sweater Monday posts, please visit Sweaters of Yore.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring into spring projects sale!

 

Spring has sprung! To jump start your spring projects, how about a sale? Take $1 off all individually listed sweaters in my shop, $5 off of blankets, and $5 off of mystery lots! Stock up now, because I won't be having a sale like this again for a long time!

To take advantage of my sale, just check out as usual and I will refund you the difference, or let me know which ones you want, and I will send you an invoice for the correct amount. Please understand that if you choose to email me with your options, the sweaters can still be purchased by someone else, until I get the email and remove them from my shop.

Sale ends Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, at 4pm CST.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

It's What I've Been Working On Wednesday - Fleece guinea pig accessories

With new pets come new sewing projects! As much as i'd love to make everything out of wool for our new guinea pigs, it is just not practical for all the washing these things will need to endure, so I made a bunch of fleece accessories. Fleece at the fabric store can get expensive, but the thrift stores are full of fleece, just waiting to be upcycled! I found 2 different big double layer (twice the fabric!) fleece blankets, each under $1, and set to work.

I made cage liners first. Why not just use small animal bedding? Bedding is expensive, and not eco-friendly, since you have to use so much of it and throw it out often. I found that my piggies use their "litter box" for most of their pottying, and use so much less litter than filling the cage. The fleece is soft on their paws, more attractive, and for the stray "tiny Italian sausages" (what my son calls their poops, lol), it is easy and fast to just scoop them off the fleece.

 


I saw this idea for a "fleece forest" online, and my piggies LOVE it! They spend most of their day in there, and they think they are invisible when they are in there, lol. I see you Scruffy!



This is another idea I got online. I just made a triangle of fleece with a fringe of fleece hanging down on one end. We don't have to look at the... um... litter box contents, and they like feeling like they are hidden. Win-win!
 

Since whatever doesn't end up in the litter box is usually done in the corners, I made poo-pads, so I can just lift out the litter squares and shake them off into the garbage. Easy Peasy cleanup!



The little bed I did make out of wool, but tucked a piece of fleece in the bottom, so I can switch that out when it gets dirty

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Just like the wool hidey bags I made for them,  but this one is fleece, so I can wash it with the rest of their fleece stuff.




Scruffy loves to lounge in there :).


Since I love to sew, and my guinea pigs seem to love everything I make them, i''m sure there will be more guinea pig sewing in my future! :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's What I've Been Working On Wednesday! Wool pet supplies!



We just adopted 2 new family member, Spotty and Scruffy (guinea pigs)! 

At first I used regular bedding in their cage, but my sweaters looked like this every time I picked them up.... and that's after brushing off what I can... and it ends up all over the floor. Ugh!
 

After reading around online, I found that a lot of guinea pig enthusiasts use fleece liners in the cages, instead of bedding. Less messy, way less expensive, more comfy for the piggies... brilliant! Instead of fleece, for my first attempt, I of course used wool :).

 

Guinea pigs love having stuff to hide in, especially since they are new to us and scared of everything! The cardboard box hideaway was fine while we weren't interacting with them, but when I would go to pick them up, they would go racing around the cage in a panic. I decided to make little sacks for them, like I had seen online made of fleece, but out of some wool blanket scraps I had. With these little tunnel/sack things, I can just pick them up, sack and all, so handling time is a lot less scary and panicked. On the open end, I just folded the edge over twice and sewed, so the opening would be stiffer and stay open.




They seem to really like them! At least they are less scared for now.





I wonder what else I can make for them from wool? :)