I came back to Maryland with some nice additions to the stash – both new and recycled yarns. While I did not come home with the find of the century like my aunt, I did pick up some goodies while in Dixie Land.
I picked up four sweaters to unravel and recycle – the others are in various stages of washing and drying, so I’ll show off the one that was already cleaned at my aunt’s house, disassembled on the car ride home and unraveled on my ballwinder: An aquamarine (same color as my Diagonal Ribs socks!) Gap sweater – a 50/50 Wool Acrylic blend that has a nice texture and a large gauge. Perfect for knit accessories, or maybe even a vest…
Cleaned and ready to unravel
Using a seam ripper, I carefully took out all of the seams in this simply constructed sweater. The ripping took about 90 minutes total – it is delicate work and easy to cut the wrong thread! Thankfully that did not happen to me this time!
Hook it up and let her rip! Easy as pie.
Each sleeve yielded one big ball – the turtleneck was the small ball at the top, and the other 5 were the body. I estimate this at about 800 – 900 yards of yarn… pretty good for $1.49!
Several of you mentioned that you have only been able to find cheap acrylics at your local thrift shops – you should give the recycling a try! You need a good eye for nice quality fibers, and for the proper kind of seams that are condusive to ripping. A serged seam will not work – it has to be seamed like a handknit garment: with mattress or a related stitch. You will see the seams sewed in the sweater’s main color yarn, or in a sewing thread. Both as fairly easy to rip. Keep a steady hand as you use a seam ripper or small scissors, and only cut the connecting thread, not the sweater’s main yarn.
I did find some wool/cotton/rayon blend in a $1.00 grab bag that I thought would work very well for a purse (like the one I mentioned last week, perhaps?) We were on a crafty binge, so we also stopped by Hobby Lobby where I ran into a 50% off sale. Purchasing ensued.
It was not until I got home and photographed it before I realized how much purple yarn I actually bought…
Two skeins of acrylic, and two of the rayon/cotton blend.
Three and a half skeins of the same rayon/cotton blend.
Nine skeins (half price – $2 and some change! – 4 in dark lilac and 5 in dusty lilac. No idea what to make with it, but the yarn sure feels nice… Yarn Bee Dreamy Chenille, Hobby Lobby’s store brand.
My aunt also knows that I am a big fan of the vintage craft books and pattern pamphlets. She picked up these goodies for me – 70s style, baby!
Would you still come to visit me if I made that yellow box sweater on the front of the crochet book? It is so my style! There are some cool patterns in these books, though- stay tuned for some glimpses in the coming days.
While I did come back from Alabama with some nice new stash enhancements, I also came back with some nice warm fuzzies – it was great to spend time with my family, and see my Grandaddy!
Here we are celebrating a late Christmas. I managed to get a smile out of him!
And while we missed our girls, I still got some puppy love from my aunt and uncle’s cute dogs! Here I am holding Nate, and Toby is at the right.
I am still so behind on my blogging – I have many more things to show and tell you about our trip, the holidays, and other knits and crafts – so look for more entries! I am also slowly working my way through the 800+ Bloglines updates… I am woefully behind…