What do you do when you turn your hobby into a full time career? Well after a while I needed another craft I could just call a hobby so I took up knitting. Some of my quilting buddies are also knitters and many of them were have a blast knitting socks. I admit I considered the knitting of socks a little strange, I mean look at all those tiny little stitches needed to make socks. Well all it took was one pair of socks and I was hooked! I have made 8 pairs so far and have just cast on another. This time I’m learning the “Toe Up” method.
The challenge I gave myself however was; how to keep from spending $1,000 – $2,000 a year on it. I have heard that knitters are just as bad as quilters about building a stash! As a quilter I love working with 100% cotton so I decided I would work with 100% cotton for my knitting. I like the concept of upcycling and have had fun using men’s shirts in my quilting so I decided to give 100% cotton sweaters a try! I’ll be the first to admit it’s a little eccentric but I’m having a blast and that is what matters!
At first I would unravel the sweater and roll it on to a ball and then I discovered I could just unravel as I knit. Below is pictured the sleeve from a man’s XXL sweater that I am knitting my current pair of socks from.
If this sounds like something you might want to try, pay attention to the seams before purchasing the sweater. You want seams that have been sewn together with a chain stitch and the seam will look something like this.
You don’t want seams that have been serged. The process of serging the seams cuts the yarn at each edge.
This is a close up of a chain stitched seam. Love those chain stitched seams, once you find where the stitching begins all you have to do is rip out a few stitches and give the yarn a pull and the whole seam is undone!
Have fun with this idea of upcycling sweaters!