December 21, 2008

I love my sweater shaver

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recycled sweater, originally uploaded by alicethelma.

Here is another sweater that has been too warm in the past but that I’ve pulled out of the trunk for the bitter cold weather we’ve been enjoying enduring lately. It’s a gorgeous LLBean model. 100% Irish wool and it wasn’t cheap.

My plan was to cut it up, sew it back together, throw it in the hot water wash and felt it thus transforming it into a lovely tote bag. Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to throw a $100 sweater into the washing machine and the recent frigid temps changed my mind, even if just temporarily.

The only problem with this whole scenario is that the beautiful sweater is covered in pills and oh how I hate pills. To the rescue comes my handy dandy sweater shaver that I recently purchased at Target for under $10.

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If I’m not knitting, or blogging, you can usually find me shaving sweaters…or socks…or anything covered in pills. Some of the pills on the sweater were too big for the battery operated sweater shaver so I’ve had to resort to an old standby: the disposable razor.

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Are there any other methods for removing pills that I don’t know about? Please share with me.


nik said...

I use the same sweater shaver that you are using. Never heard of using the razor for the large pills. I have definitely learned something.

Sheila said...

sweater stones are another option

thistledown musings said...

I second the sweater stone. I have had mine for 10 years and it is still going strong.