Thursday, February 12, 2009

cycling - through, up, re, bi

In cycling through all the crafty options around here, bubbling up to the surface again is Leah's enjoyment of spinning (and mine of felting - more to come on that!).
A scratchy old sweater from the clothing swap was upcycled by felting it and turning it into a custom-made carrier for Leah's ukulele supplies. We cut off one sleeve and re-sewed it inside so she has a tube-like holder for her collapsible music stand. The other sleeve became a wide strap. The waist ribbing is the top of the bag and she sewed a pattern-matched patch over the neck opening to close the bottom center.
One of Jesse's outgrown t-shirts became a liner for Scott's fishie hat, which is super warm, as requested, but tends to get a little itchy on his forehead. This quick little recycling project turned the silly fish hat into The Hat Of Choice lately.

For the ultimate in recycling, no need to look any further than the local library, where ours just happens to have a mitten knittin' kitten display outside the children's department this winter, complete with lots of handknit mittens! No surprise, since I know of at least three avid knitting librarians there (hi Debbie, hi Miriam, hi Barbara!).

When the temp in the center of town hit 64ยบ yesterday, you can bet your bippy my kids were bicycling to the community center and around the park, riding circles around me as I walked the same route. This morning, we have windows open. :::snifffffff::: Ahhh! Love these rare warm days in Feb. as the days get longer, with hints of the cycling seasons and more good things to come!
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Blogger Donna said...

Yes - I love the fact that when I let the dog out in the morning it is actually light out. And when I feed him and let him out after work it is STILL light out. Hooray for longer days!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Our windows were open yesterday and last night. It was wonderful.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

An old t=shirt for a liner! That is such a great idea! You're full of them. (that's FULL OF IDEAS, not full of IT)

1:14 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Clever recycling. I especially love the sweater/bag redo.

We had near 50's here last week but we're back to below freezing again. Ugh!

The weather had the kids fooled into thinking it was spring and they were gettin' all feverish around here.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Delaney's Duds said...

yeah recycling!! yeah for weather too! we walked all 'round romantic willimantic yesterday. ps. chocolate festival saturday. lots of events and chocolate in town.

9:27 PM  
Blogger christinemm said...

We had a HSer over for a playdate and they biked that day. I couldn't believe the warm humid air and 64 degrees!

I am sure another snowstorm will hit us soon...but for the day they were happy to cycle.

The t-shirt idea is a good one. I should do that to some wool hats I knit for my boys, can't find a wool that is soft enough for them but I'd prefer them to wear wool for the 6 hour outdoor hiking they do for a HS class.

12:39 PM  

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