December has drawn to a close, and here in the Great White North (aka Minnesota) that means one thing: it’s cold.
San Francisco, don’t even try to tell me that you had a chilly 50 degree day. Boston, you make a good effort, but it’s not really cold until the high for the entire week is 1, not including wind chill. Minnesota (that state at the top center of the country) has no warming ocean effects, just big open plains, sweeping winds, and air so dry it’ll suck the moisture out of anything, including but not limited to your face, your hands, and the sandwich that you thought you’d eat as you walk to the bus stop (RIP not-stale bread).
What does all this horrendous-sounding weather mean, though? It means SWEATERS. Wool sweaters, grandpa sweaters, Christmas sweaters, Cosby sweaters--I’ve got a collection that would make a knitting sheep farmer jealous. This year, however, my siblings and I decided to venture further into the land of wooly-warm overgarments than ever before: we have sweaters for our torsos, knitted hats and socks and mittens for our extremities. The only body part not enveloped in scratchy goodness is our legs. Luckily, there’s a solution.
Swants: you’re just 3 hems and a pair of sewing scissors away from turning that oversized, oddly-patterned sweater into a pair of cozy, voluminous, wintertime pants. Check it out:
Silly poses are traditional when taking swants photos.
Check out that drawstring. Made from the finest shoelaces.
Dear brother also has swants.
Stars and knits and so much fun.
If we can do it, so can you! Check out the tutorial by Stephen West and comment with a picture if you make them! I expect that swants will be a hot-ticket fashion item come next fall, so all you Jumbo hopefuls finishing up your applications should start making yours today.