(Ok, so technically I’m writing it on Thursday and I’ll schedule it to post when I’m not here on Friday, which is cheating, but is also irrelevant because I actually meant to write this last Friday anyway).
They’re not the first pair of arm warmers I’ve made – the last were crocheted and a fetching shade of burnt orange. They were great, and I loved making them. Then my auntie made me some more for my birthday, bright orange and sparkly, with little buttons sewn on. They’re SUCH good fun, and have thumb holes (very professional!) so they’re great for keeping in a bag and taking out and about.
So I suppose what I’m saying is that I didn’t actually need any new arm warmers at all. What I needed was to get rid of a cardigan which has been hanging around for far too long, because it’s not really flattering to wear, but it’s so soft, and has so many cheerful buttons, and is so purple, that I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. I’ve been pondering for a while what to do with it, and the other day it hit me – I can keep the warmth, and the buttons, and the purpleness by turning it into arm warmers! Hooray!
First of all I cut off the front pieces. I contemplated just using the cardi arms, and sewing all the buttons onto those, but since I don’t like sewing buttons I thought it best to turn the button bits into arms. Which I did, in a typically haphazard way, by wrapping them round my arm, cutting an approximate length, and sewing them up by hand. You can’t really tell, but they have excellent pointy elbows that make them look like old fashioned gauntlets. So there you have it – one recycled cardi saved from the charity shop for the second time, and one Most Excellent pair of new arm warmers for free, just in time for the cold weather. I’ve worn these all day at work and they’re so toasty.