Eller sommerfugl, sommerfugl……… bear with me, all will be revealed!
“ Butterfly, butterfly
Flying into the wind
You can be sure of it
That’s no place to begin…..”
But actually, it was for me!……..
From the moment I saw this beauty, I coveted it, but when it came to it’s release, I missed the opportunity to pre-order it (skiing in Obergurgl always falls at the wrong time then! LOL). So, after giving up the search online, I remembered that I had this old crocheted beauty sitting in my cupboard and with that, my mind started working overtime at the possibilities of ‘reinventing’ it and making something with the ‘Little Miss Norway’ stamp on it, so here’s a wee little tale of how it happened……..
This is the original apricot cardigan from Odd Molly……..
Isn’t it a beauty?
Whilst I love it, I have to admit that the tassels around the bottom would have annoyed me somewhat, but I’m lucky in that my old number didn’t have anything of the sort attached to it – not to say that I couldn’t have lived with them, but I was in fear that if I had managed to purchase it, they would have become frayed and tattered over time, anyhow, I digress!
So here’s my original little wrap over cardigan which I bought in a small shop in Greece many, many years ago and it cost me next to nothing. Thing is tho, that I haven’t worn it for years now, due to the fact that the crocheted ties were just too long and that it was white and I have a few of them in my wardrobe (well I would, wouldn’t I?!)
Those ties really did bug me, but I knew that this little beauty had the potential to look so much prettier and live a new life again! First of all, the crocheted ties had to go and so they did, then I dyed it what should have been a perfect shade of powder pink, but it came out more like a bubblegum shade (yikes!) so I had to remove some of the dye in order to get it to the shade I wanted – and here’s the result……..
The finished colour – as I’d imagined it was going to look in the first place!
The detailing on the cardigan is lovely indeed!
As you can see!
So then, the colour was fine, and I needed to add some new ties to it, but I wanted to put an extra stamp on it, and with that, I decided to add a crocheted butterfly which I'd made a while back, which was in a contrasting shade of pink that would be attached to the back of the cardigan – and this is what I came up with…..
Crocheting it was the easy bit – attaching it to the back of a cardigan which, because of it’s open pattern, makes it very stretchy, was the challenging part – but I got there in the end – thankfully! LOL
Attaching the antennae's was most definitely the trickiest part of the process!!
And here’s the finished article – an ‘homage’ to that beautiful little Odd Molly cardigan…….
It is asymmetrical by the way and yes, the little adornment is another story which I will leave for another time……..
Here you can see the embroidered tape which I used to replace the original crocheted ties – and no, whilst it may have the ‘Little Miss Norway’ touch to it, the Norwegian bow is not attached – like I say, it’s another story!
I have to admit that it does look so much better now!!
Well I hope, if nothing else, that this has inspired some of you out there to have a go and see what you can do with an old piece of crocheted clothing that you no longer use – but please bear in mind, that it needs to be 100% cotton or else the dye may not take so well – if at all!
(lyrics by Pål Waaktaar-Savoy)
Wishing you all a lovely day!
Stor klem til deg!