Thrifting and fixing

Shannon here. I’ve become quite addicted (once again) to thrift store shopping, particularly for vintage Pyrex (a new obsession) and clothing for myself.

I had forgotten how very enjoyable thrifting can be.

A few months ago, I was going through the racks and found a gorgeous, fuzzy, 100% merino sweater in oh, so Shannon colors – a limey green and a charcoal grey. The only problem was, there were wee holes all over it. The price was right, and I’m a crafty sort of gal, so I decided to get it anyway. I washed it, and it hung in my closet for a few weeks. Then, I assembled the tools to fix it, and I’m so happy with the results, I want to share with you all.

First of all, I would only really recommend this fix for something that has some fuzz to it. And, it’s not at all a perfect solution, so please don’t expect the fix to be unnoticeable. The photos aren’t great, as they are cellphone shots, taken while I was happily needle-felting and running after my littles, so forgive me for the quality.

In the first photo, you can see the kind of holes I was dealing with. Decent-sized holes, particularly considering the stitch gauge of the sweater.

I grabbed some perfectly-colored-for-the-sweater Clover Wool Roving, a Clover Pen-Style Felting Tool (so cute! so easy!) and a felting foam and got to stabbing. Seriously, you just lay roving over the hole and stab, stab, stab away. Make double-extra-sure you don’t accidentally stab your fingers, because, ooh, doggy, those barbed felting needles really sting. Ask me how I know.

In the photo below, you can see a used-to-be-hole on the left and a hole on the right.

See? The fix is in. Sure, it’s not exactly perfect, but it’s wearable, and doesn’t show too much in real life. You could needle-felt designs (I’ve seen hearts) in contrasting colors to make a sweater truly your own, even if there are no holes! Trust me, I’ve seen adorable things done on Pinterest.