Throughout a lifetime it is possible to rack up a whole lot of sweaters. If you consider each and every holiday season you get around three, multiply that by 80 and you’ve got yourself a lot of cheesily-themed outwear(This goes triple if you are in the Cosby family.) What if you are tired of wearing sweaters you got at age 20 that feature cross-stitches of cats and Christmas trees? It’s not as if you can deconstruct a sweater and transform it into something else like so many Legos! Well, according to this new device, now you can.
Meet theÂ â€œun-knittingâ€ machine, a pedal-powered apparatus designed to recycle unwanted knitwear. This mysterious device is the brainchild of Imogen Hedges, a London-based product-and-furniture designer who found the process of unraveling sweaters by hand to be a most time-consuming one indeed. It’s built around an old bicycle frame and it works sort of like our favorite bipedal vehicle. The â€œun-knitterâ€ sits on a chair on one end, unraveling the garment as itâ€™s pulled along the circumference of the wheel. Pretty soon, voila, you got yourself a heap of usable fabric. It even gets rewound into a ball for easy knitting.
It is just a working concept design for now but should you be so inclined you can check out the machine as it will be on display at the National Centreâ€™s roof gallery from November 10 to January 6. Let us know what you think and, more importantly, what you are going to do with all of your unused sweaters!