idea we love: recycled cashmere blankets

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It’s officially spring, but there’s still a chill in the air. Nothing would be cozier during a couch-top cuddle than a Sun Moon Lake handcrafted cashmere quilt. Created by artist-designer Moonching Wu, these cashmere throws are made from discarded cashmere sweaters. Each one is unique, chic, and amazingly eco friendly. Size range from a small baby blanket (30 x 30, $250) to a large throw (55 x 75, $900). Sigh. Too pricey to buy right now? Crafty types, get out your sewing machines. We’d love to see your own re-intepretation.

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Anne

Does this company donate its profits to charity? If not, I find this statement on its website pretty obnoxious, especially given the prices it’s charging for a quilt: “We gladly and gratefully accept cashmere garment donations!”

Jennifer

I agree with Anne. The prices are way too high, especially if profits are not going to charity. This is one project that would be easy to diy.

jennie

the price and donation comments don’t really bother me, as much as the fact that despite staging and placing them, they still look kind of haphazard and shapeless. the serged edges look loose and kind of amateur.

i would expect diy versions of this would look like this, but when you buy something you want it to look a little more streamlined. it would be a fun project, especially if you use your old sweaters because you have the memories attached to them, and of course they wouldn’t all have to be cashmere.

They didn’t even bind the edges of the quilt! I never did find what they backed the quilts in, either. It’s a nice idea, but not well pressented, explained or finished. I have no doubt that if I ever found enough sweaters in this fiber, I could easily make a much nicer version myself.

This is insanely, scandalously easy to do. At my local Goodwill, a cashmere sweater (usually with some moth-holes) goes for around $3.

The only thing that comes close to justifying the price for these blankets is that, unlike some other DIY versions of this that I’ve seen, there seem to be a large number of different pieces used in each blanket. I can’t remember which book has a pattern for a similar blanket made of recycled sweaters, but the patches in it are fairly large and you only need something like six sweaters. It might have been an issue of “ReadyMade.”

If you’re not hell-bent on using cashmere, you can usually find many more lambswool and merino sweaters at thrift stores in areas that actually have a winter. (Not in Florida, where most of the sweaters on offer are cotton or light acrylic.) They make a nice blanket too.

birgit

I bought one of the baby blankets when I was pregnant because I really like the patchwork of colors….my son is now 3 months old and loves being wrapped in it to fall asleep. Seeing him rub his face against the cashmere while his eyes are starting to close…somehow that is well worth the money.

I’m pretty sure that the book I mentioned above is Leigh Radford’s “AlterKnits” – which is wonderful and stylish, by the way.

very interesting post. I made a wool blanket out of old merino, angora and lambswool sweaters, my own and thrifted. I blogged about it here. I was inspired by “Alterknits” which I got for Christmas and the Crispina recycled wool blankets I saw on Treehugger. It cost me less than $30 to make.

somethin else

i am very familar with crispina’s blankets and while i have always loved them, they have been out of my price range. this company is new to me and i agree, the prices sem to be a bit unreasonable. i understand that raw materials are quite costly and time is valuable. crispina produces everything in massachsetts, so there is the real cost of labor involved.

I agree, this is a very simple DIY project for a rainy afternoon. But the idea of giving someone a special gift of cashmere is great, so for a nice gift to give someone special, I found a super soft cashmere scarf in a box set at http://www.redlanternstyle.com that presents really well.

betts

I too find the price for these items both outrageous and to add my granddaughters term “greedy.”
I have been making these for several years now, they make great gifts and cost very little when everything comes from a thrift store.
ANYONE, repeat ANYONE can make their own…or pay someone to put it together after you find the sweaters and prepare them for sewing.
It is important to support the crafters and artist in our respective communities and in the online community, they bring such fun and creative things into our lives and most of them keep their prices within a reasonable range for buyers, this however is ridiculous.

What a clever idea and I like the idea of recycling, but I would check out http://www.cashmereblanketshop.com/ for some really beautiful Cashmere Blankets. They offer 100% cashmere, but also wool/cashmere blend that is still quite soft and a little less expensive. This is a great website!

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything, visit http://www.cashmereblanketshop.com/. We offer a beautiful selection of Cashmere Blankets and cashmere blend blankets available in a variety of colors and styles. We also offer cashmere throws and shawls. Our products are made only from the highest quality materials to ensure softness that will last a lifetime. Our sales associates are available to answer any questions you might have.

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