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Ideas from the Knitting Green Challenge

Jun 4, 2010


Malkala turns old sweaters into kids' legwarmers.

Rosebrass makes stuffed animals out of old sweaters.

We started the Knitting Green Challenge to celebrate the release of Ann Budd's new book Knitting Green, and as  always, I was blown away by you Knitting Daily members—there are so many wonderful contributions to the challenge! From bags to necklaces to rugs, you reused all kinds of materials (including pop can tops!) to create amazing pieces of art.

Even more impressive is the incredible usability of the items you created; any of these pieces could be instantly integrated into your everyday lives, which is an important component to the repurposing concept: if the item isn't useful, it might end up in the trash bin, which is what we want to avoid, right?

Even though this wasn't really a contest, I do have a couple of favorites. I absolutely love the legwarmers Malkala makes, and Rosebrass's little fox is so darling (photos at right).

It's true that a picture says a thousand words, so here are some more items from the challenge!

                               Jemima Spare's felted sweater bag

Andrea L.'s thermal t-shirt scarf

BeardedBiker's telephone wire bag
Chris A.'s recycled sheet cabled bathmat
Hazel S. made this shawl out of old Levis!

Craft Evolve's fabulous necklace.
Janer's grocery sack handbag
  LisaFred's felt knitting needle basket


Daylilies' t-shirt draft-stopper doggie
Donna's crocheted pop top purse
Miss Muffin's t-shirt and bedsheet rug


DominantHands' chair slipcover basket with yarn recycled from a gift
Maggie Kruser's plastic grocery sack handbag
Peg's t-shirt handbag with a belt handle

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PaulineW@8 wrote
on Jun 5, 2010 1:50 PM

I loved Hazel's shawl made from old Levis!  How did she do it? Any more info or will it be in the new "Knitting Green" book? All great ideas!

ladyjanet wrote
on Jun 5, 2010 12:47 AM!/photo.php?pid=1393190&id=1259823446

I bag I crocheted from a couple of old shirts.  

frenchro wrote
on Jun 4, 2010 6:59 PM

I have been searching for a pattern for "Pedicure socks". My light just came on.

Recycle our own socks.  

Help me think of great knit or crochet ideas to finish the toe with bright beautiful fiber trim, after I cut the toe off.i

The "pedicure sock" is named for it's literal useage and my grand daughters wear flip-flops on their feet often, and they will complain of being cold, so lets create a "KOOL" recycle sock.

What are your thoughts?   Rosemarie French /

Jgreen wrote
on Jun 4, 2010 1:07 PM

I'm fascinated by the idea of recycling a sheet into a knitted rug... Does anyone know of a blog or post that could give me more information? That is sheer genius.