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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

With Reknit, turn your old sweater into something better



I love this idea: Gayane Avanian loves to knit -- so much so that if you mail an old sweater and $30 to her Boston home, she'll unravel the sweater and reknit it into something more stylish, like a scarf or gloves. She calls her business Reknit, natch.

Knittie I'm so going to use Reknit. I have a turtleneck sweater that was a gift from my late grandmother. It's too warm for Florida and not quite my style, so I never wear it. Although I'm a knitter, unraveling a sweater seems way too tedious. I'd gladly spend $30 to have it re-purposed into something I'd actually use, like a pair of socks.

 Reknit has a ton of gifting potential, too. Turn your sister's tattered dress turned into a jacket for her baby, or remake your dad's stretched-out scarf into a laptop case.

Avanian offers a new item every month. For March, she's turning people's sweaters into hats. She accepts only 30 orders a month, so act fast. To learn more, listen to this adorable NPR interview with Avanian and her son Haik, who runs

Divas, what would you reknit?

Deal Diva Dalia

Photo: These knit ties are $145 at Neiman Marcus, so I'd think twice before sending them to Reknit.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:25pm]


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