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04/08/2012 / thriftomancer

Unusual unraveling

I’ve talked about reclaiming and repurposing yarn from sweaters before, but this is slightly different. Part of a larger project, actually. It began when I found this sweater at the Salvation Army.

Starting material

It’s a nice enough garment. Made by Lands’ End, 100% cotton, nice chunky yarn. What caught my attention, however, was that the yarn used was knitted from threads, not spun. It’s like super-fine I-cord that was then used as yarn and knitted itself.

Yarn close-up

Pretty cool, I thought, so I nabbed and unraveled it. This is the result:

A sweater undone

38 skeins of various sizes.

You may be wondering why I bothered to make skeins instead of winding the yarn directly into balls like I did before. It’s because of part two of my plan. I’m not going to just knit this stuff up, I’m going to try my hand at dyeing it first.

As I see it, I’ve got plenty of yarn to mess with, plenty of dye about, and precious little experience actually using any of it. That means it’s time to experiment.

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  1. Maryanne / Apr 10 2012 8:23 am

    Great Idea!!!!!!

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