Argyle Sweater Vest in Cashmere

Not anymore! This sweater's gone rogue. And I didn't think I'd like it.

It was a cashmere sweater vest with an argyle pattern. Not anymore!  And I didn’t think I’d like it before I put it together.

But I do.

But I do.

The sweater was actually pretty thick cashmere, probably cost a small fortune when new.

The sweater was actually pretty thick cashmere, probably cost a small fortune when new.

And the argyle made some strange coil patterns, which gave me a weird selection to work with.

And the argyle made some strange coil patterns, which gave me a weird selection to work with.

Finally settled on this arrangement. And the squarish shape seems to work. At least on me.

Finally settled on this arrangement. And the squarish shape seems to work. At least on me.

Choices.

This was new for me. I don't generally like swirling two colors together, but for girly barrettes, it works.

This was new for me. I don’t generally like swirling two colors together, but for girly barrettes, it works.

I made some hair elastics for thick hair...

I made some hair elastics for thick hair…

and even attached some to pin backs.

and even attached some to pin backs.

It's a barrette, it's a ponytail, it's a brooch.

It’s a barrette, it’s a ponytail, it’s a brooch.

These are a little bigger than those "oh so tinies". They measure 2" across.

These are a little bigger than those “oh so tinies”. They measure 2″ across.

For Little Girls

Oh, so tiny! People always love to give advice. Sometimes I cringe, like when an old man told me I could make more money buying some plastic fishing accessory for $2 a piece and sell them for $4.

Oh, so tiny! People always love to give advice. Sometimes I cringe, like when an old man told me I could make more money buying some plastic fishing accessory for $2 a piece and sell them for $4.

But my nephew's wife suggested teeny little flowers on barrettes. Now that is a suggestion worth listening to.

But my nephew’s wife suggested teeny little flowers on barrettes. Now that is a suggestion worth listening to.

A fellow artisan also suggested putting my key charms on elastics.

A fellow artisan also suggested putting my key charms on elastics.

So here's my first try.

So here’s my first try.

These are really adorable, and only 1" across, 1/2" thick. What grandma wouldn't buy one of these for their granddaughter?

These are really adorable, and only 1″ across, 1/2″ thick.
What grandma wouldn’t buy one of these for their granddaughter?

Pastels

These two pieces came from the front panels of a loosely knit cardigan.

These two pieces came from the front panels of a loosely knit cardigan.

The sweater front had an argyle pattern in pretty pastels.

The sweater front had an argyle pattern in pretty pastels.

I used the rest of the sweater for snowmen, but these rounds I had set aside.

I used the rest of the sweater for snowmen, but these rounds I had set aside.

They've been felted a second time after the initial cut, roll, and sew.

They’ve been felted a second time after the initial cut, roll, and sew.

Which gives them a smooth pebble look.

Which gives them a smooth pebble look.

I was able to make a small trivet and one mug rug. Pretty pastels for spring.

I was able to make a small trivet and one mug rug. Pretty pastels for spring.

Back From Key West

So, I've just returned from Key West. Not my thing, but my daughter is stationed there in the Coast Guard, so we had a lovely visit with her and her husband.

So, I’ve just returned from Key West. Not my thing, but my daughter is stationed there in the Coast Guard, so we had a lovely visit with her and her husband.

It's overpriced, and overpopulated, but that's another story. It's time to get ready for spring shows, and yesterday was my first day back in the studio. (I've started referring to it as the freeze factory, it's so cold here!)

Key West is overpriced and overpopulated, ruined by human overpopulation, but that’s another story. It’s time to get ready for spring shows, and yesterday was my first day back in the studio. (I’ve started referring to it as the freeze factory, it’s so cold here!)

Anyway, it felt good to be getting new work ready, and starting off with these bright colors got me in the right mood, I think.

Anyway, it felt good to be getting new work ready, and starting off with these bright colors got me in the right mood, I think.

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My first show is only one month away, and I feel as though I’ve been on vacation for way too long.

So, here's to spring!

So, here’s to spring!

Cuff ‘Links’ Closure

It's been a while since I made and sold the cashmere bag with the silk sash, so I guess it's time for another that closes in a similar fashion. This bag is merino.

It’s been a while since I made and sold the cashmere bag with the silk sash, so I guess it’s time for another that closes in a similar fashion. This bag is merino.

Here you can see the former shirt cuffs sticking out. They have been attached to either side of the bag and are tied together.

Here you can see the former shirt cuffs sticking out. They have been attached to either side of the bag and are tied together.

Sashes can be left open or buttoned open. There's a deep, 7 1/2" pocket inside.

Sashes can be left open or buttoned open. There’s a deep, 7 1/2″ pocket inside.

Here's a better view.

Here’s a better view.

I moved the buttons to the outside, so that the cuffs could also be linked together and buttoned, which closes the bag with more room inside and easy access to contents.

I moved the buttons to the outside, so that the cuffs could also be linked together and buttoned, which closes the bag with more room inside and easy access to contents.

It's a grey day to match the grey bag, but here's how it looks hanging on my shoulder.

It’s a grey day to match the grey bag, but here’s how it looks hanging on my shoulder. https://www.etsy.com/listing/218193236/b125-purse-light-grey-merino-large

Beauty and Beast

This was a beast to work with. The front of the sweater became the front of the bag, which was double the thickness of the rest of the sweater-

This was a beast to work with. The front of the sweater became the front of the bag, which was double the thickness of the rest of the sweater-

a plain ribbed grey. I think it's merino, but can't remember the label on this one.

a plain ribbed grey. I think it’s merino, but can’t remember the label on this one.

It's got the pull strap to close and open.

It’s got the pull strap to close and open.

And inside is a light green linen, with lots of shirt features left over. There's a two-section slip pocket.

And inside is a light green linen, with lots of shirt features left over. There’s a two-section slip pocket.