I’ve noticed more stories on NPR about domestic producers lately. Yesterday was this one: Mother, Son Create A New Life For That Old Sweater. Go have a listen, it’s funny and inspiring.
Gayane Avanian of Boston, who is a computer programmer by day, will take $30 and the sweater, unravel it and reknit it into something usable. Her son Haik is the company’s graphic designer.
Because Gayane is the only knitter, and after a larger-than-expected response in January, the mother-son duo decided to limit the number of projects they accept to the first 30 for February.
As a point of comparison, I bought two pairs of mittens (right) made from old sweaters at the local farmer’s market. I paid $30 each. I thought the cost was a little high but these were very well made. The producer cut up old sweaters, painstakingly matched the stripes of each pair and sewed on waistband ribbing for cuffs. The mittens have a well constructed fuzzy cotton stretch lining with no raw edges visible inside or out. If there was a downside, it was the fabric store buttons. Can’t have everything.
I actually wanted three pairs but she only had the two. She said she was out of sweaters and that these were her last batch of the season until she could go to Wisconsin this summer and hit the thrift stores. I was dismayed to say the least. Until I went back the following weekend and saw she had six more pairs. Gentle teasing ensued but I did get my other pair.