‘The Man Who Knits’

‘The Man Who Knits’


>>I AM EJ JONES, AND I AM THE MAN WHO KNITS. MUSIC I ONLY KNIT WITH NATURAL FIBERS, PROBABLY CASHMERE AND CAMEL HAIR AND WOOL ARE MY FAVORITE. I LOOK EVERYWHERE FOR YARN. MUSIC NEXT SPOT IS WOMEN’S SWEATERS. NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING. I AM LOOKING FOR WOOL AND I AM LOOKING FOR CASHMERE BASICALLY. AW, BUT LOOKY HERE! HERE’S SOMETHING WE WANT. LETS SEE, THIS IS 100% CASHMERE AND IT’S HALF PRICED AND THAT THE BACK AND LIKE — I WON’T USE THE FRONT, BUT I CAN USE THE BACK THERE. SO THAT GOES IN THE CART. WHEN I GO TO THE SALVATION ARMY, I AM LOOKING FOR THE LARGEST SWEATER THAT HAS THE MOST CHARACTER TO IT. THAT IS CASHMERE. HERE’S ONE. IT’S GOT A BIG HOLE IN IT, BUT UH, I CAN USE THAT. I COULD NOT AFFORD YARN THAT I AM USED TO KNITTING WITH FOR SWEATERS. THE YARN’S VERY EXPENSIVE, AND I FOUND THAT IF YOU BUY A SWEATER AND TAKE IT APART, YOU’VE GOT FOR THE MOST PART PRETTY GOOD YARN TO WORK WITH. SO BEING RETIRED AND ON A LIMITED INCOME LIKE I AM, YOU SEE IT ONLY TAKES ME AN HOUR TO TWO HOURS AT MOST TO TAKE A SWEATER APART. AND WHAT I DO TO TAKE IT APART, I JUST TAKE A LITTLE SEAM RIPPER AND GO IN HERE AND RIP IT APART. SO THE SLEEVE IS OFF AND I ALL I HAVE IS FOUND THE LOOSE END AND WHAT I DO IS PUT THIS ON THE BALL WINDER AND THEN JUST START TAKING IT APART. AS YOU SEE, THIS GOES PRETTY FAST. JUST ABOUT DONE HERE. I LIKE TO GET ALL THE WOOL. IF I AM GOING TO PAY .99 CENTS FOR A SWEATER, I DEFINITELY WANT TO GET ALL THE WOOL I CAN. THERE IS THE SLEEVE OF THE SWEATER. THE STORY OF MY KNITTING HISTORY STARTS, FIRST TIME I WAS IN IRELAND. I WAS ON BUSINESS, AND THE PEOPLE I WAS DOING BUSINESS WITH ALL HAD ARAN SWEATERS ON AND I SAID, “OH THOSE ARE PRETTY.” SO I WENT AND BOUGHT AN ARAN SWEATER FOR MYSELF, FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. SO I WANTED TO LEARN HOW TO KNIT, AND THAT WAS PROBABLY 15 YEARS AGO. SINCE THEN I HAVE KNITTED PROBABLY CLOSE — JUST A FEW LESS THAN 30 SWEATERS. I LEARNED HOW TO KNIT HATS FROM A SWEATER I HAD FINISHED AND HAD EXTRA YARN. SO I KNITTED A HAT. THIS IS A TOQUE. THIS IS A FLAT TOP. IT COMES FROM A CHEF’S HAT. IT’S TOQUE. I AM GOING TO PUT IT ON TO SEE IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. WHAT DO YOU THINK? AS OPPOSED TO A ROUNDED TOP, THERE IS NOT ONE ALIKE. THEY’RE ALL DIFFERENT. ALL MADE FROM RECYCLED SWEATERS. I GRADUATED FROM OHIO STATE AND I WAS IN THE WHOLESALE BEER AND WINE BUSINESS FOR 30 YEARS BEFORE I RETIRED. I PROBABLY KNIT FOUR, FIVE HOURS A DAY. IT GIVES ME A REASON TO GET UP IN THE MORNING AND IT KEEPS ME BUSY. I USED TO EXPRESS MYSELF THROUGH WINE, NOW I EXPRESS MYSELF THROUGH KNITTING OF HATS.

100 thoughts on “‘The Man Who Knits’

  1. Don't feel alone my husband embroiders and used to embroider and sew sequins on the western shirts his mother made for country singers in the 50's and 60's.

  2. I enjoyed your video . I never thought of taking apart a sweater to get yarn ; pure genius idea ! How do I get yarn back to that fresh unused look before it was made into a sweater ? Thank you for teaching me something new .

  3. Your work is outstandingly beautiful. YOU are an inspiration to us a group of knitters in Kingston,Ontario. Keep it up. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work.

  4. Okay, first thought… you how you are in FB groups and folks want the 'ball info' from the yarn you used on a project you posted… Yeah, he wouldn't have anything to say, right? My second thought… "let me call Moms and have her visit her Goodwill to look for some 100% wool or cashmere sweaters!" I'll search the ones in my town, she hits hers – BOOM, no more LYS, Michael's or Hobby Lobby for me! LOL

  5. 3:00 amazing!
    How does that natural fiber not knot up when he's unraveling it?!
    It always does for me, and I do it slow because I don't have fancy stuff.

  6. This is awesome! Very nice quality of finished items too. What a great idea to look at thrift stores for yarn this way ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™ baisers depuis la Bretagne France ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ–

  8. When I was in China adopting one of my daughters, her foster mom gave me a sweater that would fit my daughter when she was older. The foster mom had made it after unraveling another sweater she had made her and adding yarn to it. She has that sweater in her cedar chest along with other treasures from her birthplace. I saw other women in China unraveling sweaters and making new ones. We are so wasteful here in America.

  9. Knitting and crocheting are great for the brain. Learning to follow a pattern can be challenging but it's so much fun!

  10. Je me souviens de mon papa qui tricotait lui aussi, et qui m avait mรชme appris ร  tricoter ! Souvenirs , souvenirs, instants magiques, instants bonheur !

  11. What's so special about him is he's willing to try this art form despite being a man of his age. The stereotypes of his generation don't affect his passion.

  12. Oh Wow… Im not impressed that you are a man knitter… But holy hell Soooo impressed you thought to go to thrift stores and get used sweaters…. That is just awesome.. Im so poor I really need to look into that.. Im knew to knitting but love it and my mother loves to crochet.. Also need to get one of those ball winders.. Where did you get yours?

  13. Fรฉlicitations ร  vous pour votre beau travail . Je vous admire beaucoup. C est vraiment une bonne idรฉe d acheter des chandails en laine ร  bas prix pour en faire des balles et de redonner vie ร  d autres vรชtements ou accessoires.

  14. What an interesting man. I don't know how to knit but have tried it and gotten frustrated so I went to my other love, crocheting. I'm very good at that. But this gentleman is outstanding for how he is doing his knitting, recycling old sweaters. I should try this. What I began to do 5 years ago is make tiny hats for preemies. When I dropped off a batch of 12 little hats, I had a long conversation with the administrator of the maternity ward and she said many parents with preemies would love to have a little afghan along with the hat because when they die, and several do, the parents have that keepsake. So this ill be my next project, tiny hats and tiny afghans for preemies. I'm 73 and retired so I have plenty of time.But I'm a lady.

  15. Iโ€™ll bet you are a much more contented and happy human…never understood people who donโ€™t have interests or a hobby? Strange to me. Very healthy. โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  16. Love your story. I'm more into cotton yarn and have harvested several sweaters and made something else out of them. Not a lot of cashmere in my area (I don't think I've ever seen any). But kudos to you!

  17. I never considered the cost benefit of thrift store sweater yarn (smacking my forehead). I could make my goodies ever so much nicer this way. A trick I will try for my next few hats.

  18. Hurrah Ohio State. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN ohio. SO NEAT THAT YOU CAN TAKE APART AND RECYCLE. Sorry. I recycle clothes and I think it is so neat that people and help the environment. Hurrah for you .

  19. I think it's great. Nobody said knitting was just for women. People of all kinds paint and work crafts. Good for you. It's relaxing uh I love it. I love crocheting knitting and painting.

  20. You sir are amazing, I crochet and Iโ€™ve always wanted to learn how to knit and I just cannot get the hang of it. I have a sister that lives in Florida and she crochets and knits and I told her that my daughter is going to save up to get her here to NC so she can show me how to do it, but I love your hats and sweaters. You have such talent may God bless you now and always, your fan Nancy lol๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿงถ

  21. Can you cover a smaller youtuber named "jonahs hands"? Hes a kid that knits in wisconson and his hands are lightning fast! He is also wise well beyond his years. Please interview him!

  22. I'm Alex. And I'm 8 years old & my Aunt Alisha just taught me how to knit. And I like it! Knitting with my Aunt Alisha is fun!!!!!!

  23. I just love a man who can make such lovely hand made items ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’• ( Vickie G. )

  24. I need a ball winder now! I love good yarn, but the price of the amount needed for a sweater keeps me from making anything that big. I'm also teaching my sons to knit. Thank you for this video!

  25. knitting used to be a male trade craft before the age of industrialization, funny how things invert.

  26. Knitting is for everyone, regardless of age or gender. Iโ€™m a 24 year old woman and yesterday I asked my mum if she could teach me how to knit, and she was delighted to teach me. Back when I was around 12 I had an even harder time learning new things, so when I tried knitting then I kept accidentally adding new stitches and I got frustrated and gave up. Now Iโ€™ve decided to try again, and Iโ€™m doing pretty well. Iโ€™m gonna wait and try purl stitching later on because I tried it already and I found it really hard to control my tension. My aim is to finish my scarf next week so that I can show it to my Grandma. Letโ€™s see how I go!

  27. wow! that is great! Never really thought about it! Recycled sweaters! That is a wonderful idea, and quite cheap considering that in Aus where I live the cheapest wool you can get is $5 for 50 grams and it is not even the best wool, everything else is $8, $10, especially if it is nice natural fibres like Alpaca or mohair, or merino, so yeah, I think I might do some of this too!

  28. Iโ€™m a man that loves to knit, mostly socks in winter and hair ties it summer im a long hair dude

  29. Oh and I prove to my dad that ITS NOT FOR ONLY GIRLS

    Edit: I LOVE CHESS โ™Ÿ AND ๐Ÿงถ KNITTING ( just saying because I can)

  30. This is such an old method , taking an old knitted garment, unravel , ball them up and knit again. Itโ€™s a strange concept today and itโ€™s seem a shame to undo a ready made garnet.. I do know certain fibers are challenging like brushed mohair and angora. I wonder if people who do such a thing also look out for dresses and blankets

  31. I think you video is awesome and what you do with yarn! I would love to do that! From Ky. In THE USA YOUR AWESOME!

  32. Great story! Your hats are real nice looking … alot of detail and work in them. Clever to recycle sweaters you find into hats. I just learned to crochet hats this summer. Prior to that I only made square or rectangle items … blankets/scarves etc. Thanks and take care!

  33. James, I applaud you on learning to knit. You will enjoy it immensely. You will never regret it.

    One thing I would very strongly suggest is that you take a class. Please, please take a class!! You need a good foundation before being able to understand everything else. Classes are offered all over the place around you — just look for them. Please take a class!!

  34. To me knitting is what a craftsman from the old days would know how to do. It is typically associated with women but I don't think it is unmanly to know how to knit. Haven't men traditionally made hats and boots and fine suites? its a great skill for anyone. I like this video ๐Ÿ˜Š

  35. Any problem with clothes moths? If so, what is your secret for keeping them from "recycling" from the stash when you have already discovered a hole? Moths have a crazy reproductive life span. They are cyclical. Lay eggs in the wool, breed as adults, lay eggs, die, endless cycle! They can reappear as soon as you think you have cleaned them up for good. Nope!!

  36. Itโ€™s brilliant to see a man knitting and being very economical by buying discount sweaters using the yarn, I have never thought of that before. Well done!!!!

  37. My father-in-law crochets the most amazing Amigurumi stuffed animals (for the uninitiated, crocheted or knitted toys), and now we occasionally work together on our knitting/crocheting projects ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  38. I love your story and I'm disabled nurse who is use to a better life than my disability check amount. My mom is from Warren Ohio. I will sure be going in to Goodwill and Salvation Army to look at the yarn sweater selection. I he thought of that.

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