Welcome to The Better Sweater Project!
When my passion for knitting sweaters surpassed my budget for quality fiber I began harvesting yarn from second-hand items. The Better Sweater Project (TBSP) soon followed as a means of documenting this upcycling adventure.
2014 saw the knitting of 5 Better Sweaters and 2 Better Shawls. I learned a great deal about yarn harvesting, yarn weights, correct gauge, and selecting patterns. More importantly, I had a blast (and my wallet heaved a sigh of relief)! I look forward to continuing the adventure in 2015!
The concept for TBSP is simple enough: find a quality knitted or crocheted item at your local thrift store (or in your closet!), frog it (the "technical" knitters term for ripping or dismantling), and turn the yarn you harvest into something you like even better!
Though the process of unraveling the original item can take some time, it can be a relaxing pursuit. A couple episodes of Broad City later (and maybe a Woolful podcast or two) and you’ve got the makings for a new kick-ass project! It's a great way to unwind, folks! Will you join me?
Hello, I'm Kylin! I live in North Berkeley, CA, with my partner Eric and a giant stash of yarn.
I learned to knit 18 years ago at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School and haven't put my needles down since. Simple scarves and potholders progressed to cabled hats and lace shawls. After graduating from college and moving to the Bay Area I tackled my first sweater project and quickly came down with jumper fever. A couple years later I knit my first Better Sweater (that one there on the left) with recycled yarn and became hooked on upcycled knitting!
Visit my Ravelry profile for more on my personal knitting projects.