I was delighted to hear a story on NPR last night while I was driving on the highway home from work in Hartford in the cold, pouring rain, "Mother, Son Create A New Life For That Old Sweater."
In the far, dim reaches of closets all over the world, there are stretched out, too tight, out-of-fashion sweaters. A small-scale operation called Reknit is taking these old sweaters and repurposing them into scarves, gloves and hats.
Here's the podcast link: http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=124049118&m=124056022
People can go to the Web site and vote on what item they want their old sweater to be turned into for that month. In January, the public voted for scarves; in February, it's fingerless gloves; and for March, hats are in the lead. On the last day of the month, Haik will redesign the Web site with new colors and next month's item, according to Gayane.