Upcycled Infinity Scarf

This scarf became a Christmas present.

This is the story of a minor miracle on a wintry night, and it happened because of Pinterest. Five weeks ago, after a long day at work, I was enjoying some well-earned couch time, jammies and all. Sure, it may have been only 8:15, but this was Minnesota in December, and it’d been dark out for hours already.

I was doing one of my favorite things: browsing for upcycling projects. It’s hard not to feel uplifted when seeing examples of people making pretty things out of discarded sweaters. And it’s common for me to get inspired, hit the pin button, and think, “I can’t wait to make that!” But on this particular evening, after seeing a cute infinity-scarf tutorial from Stuff Steph Does, I actually couldn’t wait.

I checked my local Savers and discovered it was–glory be–still open. “If I get there by 8:30, I’ll still have a whole half hour,” I may have said out loud. And here’s where things got supernatural. I actually got up, put on regular clothes, jumped in the car, and went. Did you hear that? I changed back out of my cozy pjs, people!

I’d never made an infinity scarf, but that didn’t stop me from finding way too many sweater candidates. Within 15 minutes of arriving, I’d gathered so many possible combinations I had to hold myself back. (I love thrift stores and all, but I don’t want to build one of my own in the sewing-room closet.)

Turns out the tutorial was a success and my purchases were wise ones. I chose six, and I’ve since turned them into three scarves: two gifts and a third for myself.

I’d be curious to hear about your moments of inspiration. Feel free to comment and tell me about it. Till then, happy crafting!