Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Yarn Recycling

Recently, this:
Became this:
i.e., a thrift-store sweater became a little bit over 1200 yards of 100% wool laceweight yarn, in a color I love: bright, bright blue. Maybe for a shawl? Or a lacy scarf? Or, well, lots of lacy scarves? (1200 yards is a LOT of scarf.)

And this weekend I found two new sweaters I'm very excited about frogging*:

The sweater above is half angora, half lambswool. The one below though, that's the real treat. Can you read the tag?

100% cashmere. Cashmere. Yeah, cashmere yarn is neither in the fun money part of my budget nor the gift part of my budget. (Check out this link for an idea of what it usually costs.) But, a men's large sweater at the thrift store? Definitely in the budget. It was hard to find - you could tell that most of the cashmere sweaters at the thrift store were there because someone had accidentally thrown them in the dryer, i.e., you had a sweater whose tag said "extra large" but it looked like it might fit a ten-year-old snugly. You can't pull good yarn out of a sweater that's shrunk.
But this one is in great condition. And it's sooooo soft. I hope it frogs well, because if so, I'm going to be one really happy fiber artist.

And some friends of mine might be getting really soft scarves for Christmas.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

*The term "frogging" a sweater comes from the way "rip it, rip it" sounds when you say it aloud.

1 comment:

Katie K said...

This is all awesome! I'm so excited to see what you make out of all that great yarn. So fun and very inspiring.