Stitched

Yes, yes the cardigan is back.  Remember it, the one I’ve been stitching on for, um, two years now on and off (scroll down)?  Yeah, it’s back.

The fact that this gets so many holes is proof either that I’m too rough on my clothes, that it was too delicate to begin with, or that I wear it all the time and therefore just beat up on it a lot.  Possibly all three.  But at this point, I’m not sad to see the holes, so I don’t really see a problem.

Just a little bit more

And here’s the third patch for this go round.

This one was another hole at the edge of the pocket (and a good reminder that if I ever knit a sweater, I should maybe do something to reinforce the corners of the pockets from the get go).

And that’s probably the end.  Probably.  I need to give the whole thing one more check to see if there are any other spots that need attention before it goes back in the closet!

More Mending

So remember that sweater? The one that I spent far too much time mending already (scroll down…you’ll see it)?  Yeah…yeah so it’s due for another round.  It’s got a few holes (I wear it all the time, I climb on rocks and through prickly things more than I should, and I have kittens…holes are a given).  I’ve  got some thread, and I clearly have an excess of free time.

I should probably just find another pajama sweater…I’ve had this one since at least 2014 and I’ve worn it more than just about anything else in my closet.

But I love this one (all the more now that I’ve stitched the ever living crap out of it)…and I hate shopping.  And to buy a replacement is sort of expensive (for you see, I’d want this one…because it has pockets and comes in a zillion colors and sizes).

So I mend it.  Kind of a lot.  And I’ve decided that really is ok.  And I’ve been super pleased with how well the stitching has held up in the wash (that bottom patch there is 9 months old and still looks just fine after lots of washes).

I am in no way an expert (clearly), but I’d call myself a cheerful amateur. I’m currently eyeing this book and this book (to improve my skills…since if I’m going to keep doing this I might as well learn something).  And I’ve recommended this one and this one in the past if you want somewhere to get started.

And in the meantime, I’ll be over here starting in on holes two and three and four!

And done!

I’m calling this little patch of stitching done!

That’s the one I just did now, and just for reminders, here are the ones I did back in November.

That’s the one on the cuff.

And that’s the one on the front near the pocket.

And here’s the one on the back up by the shoulder.

And here’s where I’m super mean and say no, I can’t really take a picture that shows them to you all at once (several people asked last time).  That’s because they’re all over the place on the sweater, and you can’t actually see them all at once.  So you’ll just have to take my word for it that they’re festive!

And as for how to do it?  I can’t really tell you because I was just making it up (and I highly recommend that approach…you’re not going to hurt anything by experimenting).  But if you want some hand holding, this book is good (think stitch dictionary, but for embroidery rather than knitting).  And if you want some ideas for what to stitch, there are some adorable things in this one.  But really, you can probably just wing it!

One more round

Remember back in November when I had some holes in an old sweater? And I hated the idea of shopping so much that I decided to embroider over the things instead of buying a new sweater (you can follow along on the whole adventure over here if you’re so inclined, scroll down…).

Yeah, well the sweater got another hole (kittens…blame kittens).  But once you’re that invested in fixing something, you’re not going to let it go for one more little hole.  You’re going to grab the same batch of threads you used last time and stitch on it some more.

And that’s just what I did.  That’s what it looked like after round one.

And here’s round two.

I think there will be a round three as well.

The original bits of stitching have held up well over the last few months, so I don’t feel like it’s wasted time.  I am, however, running low on these colors and may grab an extra skein of them so that when the next hole inevitably appears, I’m ready to fix it too.