I am really getting off track with the Christmas stockings this week. We stopped by the thrift store and I picked up this pretty top. But I didn’t get it to wear. I got it for the satin ribbon yarn. It’s very pretty, heavy, and has great drape.
I spent just an hour unraveling it and winding it into four hanks for a total of 322 yards of nice ribbon yarn.
I washed it and it relaxed very nicely without having to weight it at all, and now it is hanging to dry. I will post these for sale on Etsy once the hanks are dry.
So I have been corrected. Recycling yarn is called Frogging. “Ripp-it, Ripp-it!”
This one is the latest. This sweater yielded some really great wine-colored chenille yarn which I turned into Berets. I think I might sell these on Etsy.
Ok, so here is my first yarn harvesting! This is from a red knit turtle neck with a metallic thread that runs with the yarn. The metallic adds a nice sparkle, though I was worried that it would cause problems in winding, or a lot of breakage. Fortunately this was not the case.
This is the sweater used as I was taking the seams apart.
And now I have four skeins of red sparkle yarn. What to do with it… hmm… I’ve been thinking about crocheting a red tree skirt for the tree at Christmas. I’ve got a good amount here, but I’m not sure if it is enough or not. I’ll have to think about that. But this much yarn would have cost me probably around $30 at my LYS (local yarn shop.) I got the sweater for $4.
I got the most wonderful idea today when reading over a fellow wordpresser’s blog. In her post Unraveling, this fellow crafter talked about buying a sweater at a thrift store, unraveling the stitches, and using the yarn to make a hat. I was completely inspired by this idea!
I love shopping at thrift stores. I must admit when it comes to clothing I am very cheap. I am usually very unwilling to pay $35 for a blouse, $50 for a pair of pants, or $75 for a suit or dress. But I do like having cute clothes. So I defer to thrift store shopping. Most of my cutest outfits have come from thrift stores.
You have to be patient when thrift shopping though. There are a lot of very ugly pieces among the racks of second-hand clothes and you have to be in the mood to spend time sifting through the clutter to find anything good. Sometimes you come away without having found anything. Sometimes you hit the jackpot and come home with what would normally be $100 worth of clothes for $25. Often you find things that still have the original price tag on them, having never been worn.
So I’m going to combine these two pleasures. I’m going to the thrift store after I get off work tomorrow night, find the ugliest sweater I can, rip it out and see if I can make some great new crocheted project from it. (This little exercise also has the potential to reduce my yarn budget too.) I can’t wait to get started and see what happens!
Stitched in Love,