Donna Lystrom, of Lystrom Specialties in Lakeville, Minn., recycles wool sweaters into mittens and other fun pieces.
Some info about her:
Got her start: About five years ago.
Number of Bonanzas: This is number three.
Not many people know: “My husband and I took up Square Dancing.”
How the magic happens: “I wash and dry the sweaters, not necessarily felt them. If the sweaters get too shrunk they get too thick to sew. Some have shrunk too much so I can’t use them. I make the mittens out of wool, cashmere, alpaca, angora or mohair sweaters. Mostly wool.”
No one would ever guess: “What fun it is! Good exercise, too!”
Bringing to the Bonanza: A few reinvented items, but mostly mittens!
Become a hands-on (not mitts-off!) kind of Bonanza visitor!
We look forward to seeing you Sept. 15-17!
I think I may need a pair of these! Can’t wait to see them.
I have washed sweaters in hot water and dried them and it was too thick to sew. Can you advise me on what to look for so this does not happen again. I loved the sweater but you cannot see the detail or get it under the presser foot.