The Man Who Knits

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Thrifty Pensioner Knits Garments From Recycled Sweaters

Retired business man EJ Jones calls himself the man who knits. From Columbus, Ohio, he used to be a wine and beer merchant who traveled internationally.

On a trip to the Aran Islands on the west coast of Ireland, he discovered the Aran sweater which he subsequently fell in love with. However, unlike most, he was not content just to wear one – he also wanted to make one.

Knitting soon became his passion and now that he is retired, Jones spends about 4 to 5 hours a day knitting.

“It gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning,” he says.

He only knits with natural fiber such as cashmere, camel hair and, his favorite, wool. However being retired and on an limited income, he finds yarn from the wool shop too expensive.

His thrifty solution is to go to the Salvation Army’s store and buy sweaters that he can take apart. He then up-cycles the yarn into new items such as hats.

Watch this inspiring video showing how EJ goes about recycling sweaters and repurposing the yarn!

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