Recycling has been a part of my life since my early teens when I hacked up a beautiful leather coat my parents had bought me, to remodel into a leather mini skirt. Their reaction was the first indication that not everyone appreciates this ‘mindful use of materials’.
The reduction of something back to its raw material, and its subsequent metamorphosis into something completely new is, I think, a fascinating process and in a recent knitting class we were upcycling jeans into baskets, bags and bowls.
Take a couple of old pairs of jeans.
Only use jeans that you know won’t be worn again. (or hide them for a few weeks until they’ve been forgotten about – I find this technique works particularly well)
Cut and tear carefully into strips and wind into balls.
Prepare as much as you can before you start knitting.
Use large circular knitting needles, or double pointed needles to knit with. I use 9mm bamboo needles. It is hard work and requires a lot of effort but I think it’s well worth it, producing a beautiful and very durable structure.
A word of warning however – this activity may lead to addiction and your ‘mindful use of materials’ can quickly turn into a ‘mindless abuse of materials’. You may suddenly find yourself raiding your families wardrobes looking for that perfect faded denim, or how about a nice blue gingham table cloth, or your daughter’s pretty pink prom dress, or those lovely chintz sheets, or your wedding dress…..or that lady in the bus queue’s beautiful sari….snip, snip.
We will include a pattern for the knitted basket in Issue 6 of The Mercerie Post. You can register here
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