Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. That's one of the sayings that I learned in Scouting. So I think it's fitting that for my upcoming fundraiser for Scouts, I should create something that incorporates all three. I'm making Upcycled Cashmere Mittens.
I opened the sweat shop last weekend - over the Easter holiday - and worked my fingers to the bone. I cut, sewed 24 pairs of fleece liners; cut and sewed 24 pairs of cashmere outer mittens and tonight I started finishing them with the hand stitching of the cuff and embellishments of buttons. I might even do some needle felting or embroidery. Now I'm going to stage the photo-op for each pair of mittens.
Here's the first pair - Plantation Mint and Lemon Lift. I dug through my button jar and found these two light green buttons to embellish the cuffs.
The fingertips are a yellow cabled wool sweater. The back of the mitten is a cashmere light green. The palms are white cashmere. The cuffs are white wool. The liner is fleece. These are a women's small.
I'll be selling these at the June 1st Mad Hatter Tea Party as a fundraiser for Scouts. 100% of the proceeds from my crafts will go to support my local council. Isn't that perfect? The saying I learned in Scouts will come full circle and I'll be recycling and reusing these sweaters to support Scouts.