Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oh Captain, My Captain

I know, I know - long time, no blog. I have no excuse but the tendency of life to continually get in the way. However! I plan to be better about it in the future, and I offer my sincerest apologies for my negligence.

So what's been happening in CarissaLand this past year, you ask? Well, I, like so many others, have discovered the joy, nay, the ecstasy of a little website called Pinterest. Over the past 12 months, my creative juices have begun to flow at an alarming rate. Now if only I can figure out how to stop pinning, put down the laptop, and actually craft something! It's more difficult than it sounds, honestly.

My most recent obsession: refashioning. Yeah, it's a word. Or at least, it is now. Due to recent weight loss, none of my clothes fit anymore. So what's a girl to do? I can't really afford to go out and buy an entire new wardrobe (though I can't deny there's bit a decent bit of buying). Now I'm not going to promise to craft only from my old fat-clothes, or to make something new every single day, like some awesome people. But I will try my best to make do with what I have, or with what I can find at thrift stores and on clearance racks. After all, there's no point in spending tons of cash on clothes that I'll just [hopefully] under-grow in another few months.

Behold, my latest creation! I found a Brendan Morrow (captain of the Dallas Stars) t-shirt at the thrift store for $1. Being the hockey fan I am, I knew I needed this shirt, but the collar was way too tight, and my head way too large as to make pulling it on and off a pain.

I started by cutting off the sleeves and then straight across the front and back, just below the collar. Then I used my seam ripper to poke little holes every half-inch all along the edge. I grabbed some black cotton yarn from my stash and my F hook, and got to crocheting. Single crochet around the whole thing stabilized the fabric, and on the second round, I skipped the underarm edges and chained 30 for each strap. A few more rounds of single crochet finished it off.

Now I have a cute summer tank to support my Stars, even in the off-season!

Look forward to more frequent posts soon, hopefully! I've made a lot of stuff recently, but I don't want to bombard you with all of it at once.

Stars Tank Before & After


  1. That is such a cute idea!!! I think i'm going to have to try it with some of my shirts! Thanks!

    Look forward to more posts.

  2. Firstly, congrats on your weight loss.
    Secondly, thank you for your knitting patterns; I really appreciate your creativity. You've given me inspiration to knit the premie babies hats I've been wanting to knit for a while now.
    Marie, Qld, Australia.