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Pedal-powered unknitting machine goes on display in Sleaford

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

DESIGN PROJECT:The ?un-knitting machine? is currently on display at the National Centre for Craft and Design.

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A HIGHLY unusual bicycle designed to help recycle unwanted woollen clothes, has been selected as one of the best student design projects of 2012 and is on display in Sleaford.

The unknitting machine, designed by Kingston University's Imogen Hedges, 22, forms part of Celebrating the Class of 2012 at the National Centre for Craft and Design.

Just 12 projects from universities all over Britain have been chosen.

The unknitting machine is based on pedal power and built around an old bicycle frame.

The operator sits on a chair pedalling and wool passes through steam from a kettle before being collected on a spindle.

Imogen's starting point for the project was the discovery that some charity shops devote hours to unravelling home-knitted jumpers.

She said: "They can make more money out of selling the wool than they can from the sweaters.

"My grandmother spent the whole time knitting sweaters but my mum threw them all away once we'd grown out of them because she didn't think anyone would want them.

"With my machine you'd be able to take them apart and knit something new."

Imogen graduated from Kingston University in summer 2012 with a BA(Hons) degree in Product and Furniture Design.

Her machine is on display at the National Centre for Craft and Design, which is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to exhibiting contemporary craft and design, until January 6.

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