In A Previous Life, I Was A…..?

I am a firm believer of reincarnation. Not of the spiritual kind as such, more of the recycling kind. I think that is why I knit so much. I don’t see my knitting mistakes or miss-shaped sweaters as a wasted life, because if I can’t reclaim the yarn from an old project, I’ll either give the garment to charity or find another use for it.

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Take this green jacket, for example: This sweater was one of my first design ideas I had for a swing jacket, back in 2011. I was also going through a ‘green’ phase! The yarn was Three Irish Girls Galenas Chunky – a lovely Merino yarn, very firm and incredibly warm, but tonally imbalanced. This was not a problem for me – I could easily overlook such imperfections. But, after wearing it a number of times, I came to the conclusion that I needed longer sleeves and less ‘swing’ on it if I intended to wear it as a jacket that would keep me warm in winter. On the flip-side, I couldn’t wear a coat over it, because it was too thick!

So, it sat in my cupboard, unloved and unworn.

Not any more….! This baby is now the coziest cushion cover ever!

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If you remember this stripey vest below (if not, check out my archived post here: https://jimiknits.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/drama-chaos-mayhem-my-work-is-done/), you will remember the agony and nightmare it created just to make a simple garter-stitch vest.

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Oh my goodness never again! Of course, as it turned out, I didn’t really get enough wear out of it. I was reluctant to throw it away and the yarn was not salvageable. More the pity because it was my first ever purchase of The Plucky Knitter‘s Primo Fingering yarn – a deliciously soft Merino/Cashmere/Nylon. So, it too sat in the cupboard doing nothing.

Not anymore!

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Well…. waste not, want not – as the saying goes! The ceramic heart buttons were from Hodgepodge Arts.

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My newly reincarnated cushions sitting happily with Minty (Hetty the Hedgehog).

Now, I keep looking at all my other knitting projects to see what I can make with those. But first, I really need to work out what I’m going to make with all these knitted swatches! 🙂

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