This hot pink cashmere sweater has been chillin' in my refash stash for quite some time now. If memory serves, I paid $2 for it. I knew I had to have it because (1) hot pink and (2) cashmere. But I knew I would never wear it as is because (1) short-sleeved sweaters are weird and (2) holes. Lots of little holes.
I decided to make a simple cowl from the body of the sweater. I cut straight across from underarm to underarm. Then I folded over a new hem along the top and stitched it up. One cowl complete!
But it seemed a shame to waste the rest of that cashmere. So I cut off the sleeves and folded each in half, with right sides together. They were just big enough for a pair of mittens, so I traced out my hands with pins, avoiding the holes as much as I could.
Once both mittens were sewn, I used my tiny, super sharp scissors to trim away the access fabric.
They are the most decadent, least practical mittens in the world.
There are still a few little holes, but they're a lot less noticeable when the cowl is all scrunched up around my neck than they were stretched out on the original sweater.
FYI, it's challenging to take pictures of both of your hands when you use a remote control with your camera. I actually had the remote sandwiched between my right hand and my chin in this one, awkwardly pressing the button with the inside of the middle finger. Sure, I could have just set my timer instead, but where's the fun in that?
Honestly, the mittens probably won't be worn much, but I'm totally in love with the cowl!
I know I said no more boring backyard pics, but I was trying to use it to my advantage here. I felt like a grey cardigan and a weathered fence background would really showcase the hot pink accessories. And I gotta say, I like the results.