I've had this comfy grey cashmere cardi for several years now. Over time, though, more and more holes have appeared from general wear and tear; one year even a visit from the dreaded clothes moths (and brothers, sisters, cousins etc). So too many darns for decency made me think it was time to inject a new lease of life.
Inspiration came from Amanda Blake Soule's lovely Handmade Home. Photos of her children wearing the cutest of jumper hats meant there was no contest and after a couple of rounds in the washing machine to semi-felt, we were ready to go. Because I wanted to incorporate the cardi's ribbing into the hat but obviously didn't want the buttons, I had to cut the pattern from both the sides. It has four seams as a result but hey, is that not a very small price to pay for a cashmere hat?
By the time it was felted it had shrunk too many sizes for a change of heart, which reminds me actually of when carrot boy, as a toddler of course, had a quick play with the buttons on the washing machine, so shrinking (but not felting) one of my other lovely woollens. As you can imagine I was less than pleased at the time but he did me a good turn though, because it fitted so much better afterwards!
Comfy, soft, cosy, previously worn by your old Mum. What's not to love? Plus there's loads of room for growth, currently being worn in the style of David Beckham you will see. An easy peasy project, the hardest thing was working the photocopier!
Wishing you a happy day, whatever you're doing x