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« on: December 05, 2007 10:04:25 AM »

My DF had found this old sweater while he was cleaning out the attic, and he was going to throw it out, but I told him I'd find a use for it.



It's got a big hole in the collar, and it's missing all the buttons. Ugly, right?



It's a 20 year old Land's End men's wool sweater..... and I frogged it.

Here it is disassembled.... left to right, front right panel, left sleeve, back panel frogging in progress, and on the bottom the front left panel. Since this sweater had been in the attic for so long, it was VERY dusty. It was unnerving to be frogging away and see little puffs of dust float away.... Shocked Tongue

Here's a sleeve next to a frogged sleeve. There's actually more yarn there than it seems, because the yarn is very ... curly.

Here it is next to a ruler.

It took me a while, but I figured out what to make with the yarn.

Socks!
My DF has VERY large feet, in fact they're almost a perfect 12". I stole one of his socks for reference.

Since the wool yarn is over 20 years old, and I was making socks which will hopefully see a lot of use, I paired the wool with some cotton crochet thread. We'll see how that works.

Here's the second sock in progress, using the sleeve skein. When I finished the first sock, I had only used half of the back panel skien.


I adapted this pattern to fit a longer foot, and I also increased the number of CO stitches. If you've read my other posts you know I'm not a big fan of DPNs. Tongue These will be given to him for Christmas, I hope he doesn't read Craftster or I'm doomed.



Thanks for looking! Tell me what you think.
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007 10:19:14 AM »

wow thats very cool ! and seems quite time consuming ! great job and a+ for patience !
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007 10:41:28 AM »

i loved the sweater by itself.  I would have worn it.  Until I saw the hole in the neck.  Bummer. 
What a great way to recycle for practical use.  I don't think i would have ever thought to use crochet thread to give it strength. 
They look great.  I wish i knew how to make socks. 

I hope they fit and i know he will love them
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007 11:32:51 AM »

Those look so warm and cozy.  They look like the perfect winter socks.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007 12:07:32 PM »

okay, excuse my acronym ignorance, but what does "DF" stand for?  I can't keep up on all the "D_"s! haha

I love the color. They look super comfy!
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2007 02:40:10 PM »

okay, excuse my acronym ignorance, but what does "DF" stand for?  I can't keep up on all the "D_"s! haha

I love the color. They look super comfy!

Dear Father. Grin My dad.

Thanks! I really hope he likes them.... Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2007 05:44:05 PM »

Nice work! I've tried to knit socks so many times but I just don't have the patience. Your mannequin is awesome.
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2007 03:31:19 PM »

What a fabulous daughter he has! You are so thoughtful and what a labor of love for him  Smiley  They look great, and I can't believe the amount of work involved... frogging a ton to get raw materials, re-knitting... WOW!   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2007 05:53:20 PM »

I sooooo wish I could knit socks your are great, such a good re-use....skuse my ignorance but what is frogging? I assume it means unraveling a previously knitted garment? but why is it called frogging?
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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2007 11:34:26 AM »

I sooooo wish I could knit socks your are great, such a good re-use....skuse my ignorance but what is frogging? I assume it means unraveling a previously knitted garment? but why is it called frogging?
You are correct, it does mean to unravel a previously knitted item, I guess they call it frogging because you 'rip-it, rip-it' Cheesy
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