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« on: January 27, 2012 05:46:10 AM »

I had a favourite jumper once, it was given to me by my Aunt. It was big and comfy and beautiful and hand knitted and I wore it for 25 years (yup, that wasn't a typo). But over the last while I've been more and more concerned that the thin patches were going to break down whilst I was wearing it so 2 years ago I declared it dead, but I still couldn't bear to part with it so it went in my cupboard awaiting, well, I didn't know what.

This time last year I learned to knit. Pretty immediately I decided to unravel it and reuse the wool, but I knew I couldn't make a jumper: it would never be the same. So here is the first thing I've made from the wool. A headband. The wool is pretty fragile now so there are several places where it broke down & I had to cut portions out and rejoin the strands, but now it's knitted up it is much stronger and I'll wear it. I am a headband and headscarf wearer. Please pardon the in use picture: I took 22 photos of myself with my face in shot and not one of them showed off the headband, so I guess I'll be anonymous today.

Oh, and I got round to knitting some bags for my cables: ipod, phone, kindle e.t.c. Why are all bags made with a black/dark lining? I can never find my dark/black cables, purses, notepads, wallets in there. Now they don't have to disappear any more

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2012 10:25:47 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2012 01:30:00 PM »

How lovely that you were able to make a memory piece from a favorite piece of clothing!  The headband is a wonderful idea!

I agree about all accessories being black!  I can never find stuff in my black lined bag! Cheesy  Cute items!

I love that you are always thinking of ways to upcycle/reuse!

« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2012 08:23:55 PM »

I like your knitting. Well done!

I keep thinking that I need a bag (or two or three). And it would be easiest to  knit one - but I never seem to have a pattern or a pattern and the yarn.
Recycling would solve one of those situations, wouldn't it?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2012 01:34:42 AM »

Thank you all.

Alwaysinmyroom: it's mostly that I'm a cheapskate Wink. Of course I have a history of poverty too, so I learned that anything I wanted to do would have to be made from what I'd got to hand, and the habit never left me. And recycling IS good for the planet as well, so now I get to look as if I was ahead of the curve all along.

Jane2, unravelling (or frogging), although it does work to provide yarn, takes a long time to do if it's a very old jumper. I would only consider it worthwhile now for something I was very attached to.

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012 02:14:44 PM »

Aw, how awesome you could do something new with your old jumper!

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