Thursday, August 14, 2008


Even though I haven't found a waffle iron that's been on my thrifting list for quite a few months, I have been fortunate enough to find my fair share of cashmere sweaters. I have grand plans to make a large cuddly cashmere blanket. A few days ago (as part of the big sewing room clean up event) I decided to sort through all these thrifted sweaters I have been accumulating.
Cashmere on the left, felted wool on the right.

My cashmere pile is catching up to my wool pile. I am having the hardest time picturing how this cashmere blanket will look like. I know I don't want it to be all crazy quilt-ish, but I have such a wide variety of colors I am not being inspired for a finished project. It's just not coming together for me. I need someone who is good with color combos to come over and help me.

Just for the record there are 14 cashmere sweaters in that pile. All purchased for under $4 a piece. I found an additional 3 sweaters, but two fit me and one fit my sister. Can't beat that!

There is a baby blue cashmere sweater in the pile I want to turn into some sort of scarf for myself. I wear a black pea coat for work and I think the blue would brighten everything up.

In the mean time, I may just keep the pile on display and pet it every once in a while. :)


  1. Whatever you decide on is going to be beautiful and chic I'm sure! You've inspired me to start checking out the sweaters at thrift stores!

  2. I wonder if you could batch dye them with koolaid. They would still turn out different shades of whatever color you chose, with varying undertones based on the colors that they already are.... but it would help to tie the colors together so that you could find a better way to coordinate all those lovely fibers into an afghan! :)

    Reclaiming The Home

  3. I have a few ideas. Be right there.

  4. Oh my gosh, what a great idea! Now I want to get some old cashmere. I've never had a cashmere sweater of any kind!

  5. I would love to come over and help you choose the colors for your blanket. ;)

    sometimes just playing around with various color combinations (and taking out a few of the ones that don't match as well) usually works for me.

  6. nice cashmere score! Yum, a blanket and a scarf, that's what you need to make.


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