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Old 02-07-2010, 02:23 PM
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Things to do with old sweaters

Not the most imaginative ideas I've ever seen, but maybe some will strike a spark: http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-home/s...1974&gt1=32001
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I think the throw pillow was the most practical of the ideas. Why would you want to cover something you were eating out of with a sweater? I can just imagine the nightmare of doing dishes.
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This is to weird. Gives me the shivers... Like you say Debby why would anyone...........
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Yes, very strange! However, sometimes things you don't like give you ideas you can do great things with. I have often designed things from a "oh, why did they do that? If they'd just . . . " and next thing you know . . .
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Ha ha ha. I loved those quirky ideas for an interior. Not all art forms are practical though.
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I liked the throw pillow, but my fave use for old sweaters (that are beyond donating) is to use it for knit graffiti
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This is a cleaver idea too. I am not advertising for her. I just get these in my e-mail.
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Those are really cool Briar Rose.
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...my fave use for old sweaters is to use it for knit graffiti
I don't suppose you'd like to tell us/show us more on this topic?

Briar Rose, those are seriously cool -- thanks for posting!
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I liked the throw pillow, but my fave use for old sweaters (that are beyond donating) is to use it for knit graffiti

My favorite use is to donate to a local center here that has outreach to the homeless. I'm sure they would love a nice toasty warm sweater on a cold night.

I just can't imagine using them as lampshades etc., I mean the dust factor is making me cough just thinking about it.

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My favorite use is to donate to a local center here that has outreach to the homeless. I'm sure they would love a nice toasty warm sweater on a cold night.

I just can't imagine using them as lampshades etc., I mean the dust factor is making me cough just thinking about it.

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I usually donate much needed clothes that are in good shape, but the biggest need at local shelters in cold weather regions for the homeless are sleeping bags. People don't take the time to look at the top ten priority lists and just assume donated scarves and knitted stuff are fine, but actually they are the least needed.
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This was started as an arts council project that my friend and I organzied and it evolved to become a much beloved community tree. Children came to touch it, explore it, talk about what type of tree, seniors at the center added to it and loved it, a couple got married under the tree. Nearly all the knitting was recycled and used for other knit graffiti in town, a international traveling storybox and a covered watering can for a fundraising event. Name:  Knit Knot Tree by the jafagirls.jpg
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Our village council, chamber of commerce and townies have been very supportive and encouraging. Just makes my friends and I very happy that our town has gotten so much joy from it.
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I usually donate much needed clothes that are in good shape, but the biggest need at local shelters in cold weather regions for the homeless are sleeping bags. People don't take the time to look at the top ten priority lists and just assume donated scarves and knitted stuff are fine, but actually they are the least needed.

Yes, sleeping bags and blankets. But the center where I donate isn't a shelter and they have a closet where the clients can shop for school clothes as well as things for adults and has services to help with job hunting (computer access, free haircuts, toiletries and nice clothing to wear to an interview).

So, folks, something to keep in mind when you're deciding what to do with your old sweaters - if they're in good shape.

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Yes, sleeping bags and blankets. But the center where I donate isn't a shelter and they have a closet where the clients can shop for school clothes as well as things for adults and has services to help with job hunting (computer access, free haircuts, toiletries and nice clothing to wear to an interview).

So, folks, something to keep in mind when you're deciding what to do with your old sweaters - if they're in good shape.

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Yes, clothes and especially like you said clothes that can be used for interviews. I did a lot of research about homeless/shelter needs, donation requirements for knitted items (there are some restrictions) and tree health because these questions came up often in regards to knit graffiti.
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