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Tiny Tweaks: Fringeless (+ New Earrings Listed on Etsy)

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I’m doing a series of posts called “Tiny Tweaks” – simple changes that make a difference – in hopes of crossing things off my to-do list or simply making things a little bit better. 

In anticipation of fall, I’ve been searching for a lightweight, drapey cardigan, something to grab on those days when chilly mornings turn into warm afternoons.

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I found this one at a thrift store.

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I love the color and knit pattern, but I didn’t like the fringe. I thought I could easily remove it to make it just right – still cozy, less boho. My plan was to just chop off the fringe with scissors.

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I realized once I started cutting that the fringe was just the loose ends of knit at the bottom of the sweater, so if I cut them off, it would fray in to a big old frizzy mess.

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Luckily, the fringe was a separate piece of knitting that had been attached with a serger. I have LOTS of experience removing serger threads.

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The serger thread was a different color and texture than the knitted yarn, so I could easily see which threads to cut with my seam ripper.

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Once I made a few cuts, the fringed piece began to separate from the body of the sweater. But it wasn’t quick work. I took my time to make sure I didn’t pull any yarn loose. It took about an hour to remove everything.

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I texted this photo to my friend, Christy, and said, “I’m removing fringe from a sweater. Why do I do these things? And why did both kids immediately say, ‘Can I use this for an invention? Or for my Halloween costume?'” (So far, the costume ideas are a ninja and a black kitty. No fringe needed.)

“Kids are pack rats,” she responded. So true.

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Perfect. Exactly as I imagined, paired with a vintage sleeveless blouse and cut-off shorts.

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And some new earrings! I’ve been playing around with earrings this summer, trying out different shapes and sizes.

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The new circle earrings are listed in my Etsy shop. (Currently available in silver and bronze – more colors coming soon!)

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