But then I had a light bulb moment to reclaim yarn from an old sweater to knit a new one. Reclaiming yarn is not a new idea and I've heard of the practice before, yet all of a sudden it seemed like a practical and perfect idea.
So I found a few sweaters at a local thrift store, some that looked nice already and in a variety of yarn weights. The top sweater is an angora wool blend, middle is 100% wool, and bottom is an acrylic wool blend:
Before I cut into a sweater, I did a little googling and found this awesome site that takes you step by step in sweater deconstruction. Thankfully I had chosen sweaters with seams that are easier to take out! (dumb luck, eh?)
And now the process!
|This is what the original sweater looked like|
These are the sweater pieces after pulling out the seams:
Then I wound the yarn into skeins with my improvised niddy noddy:
|it's really the backs of two chairs put together|
I ended up with just over 800 yards of super bulky yarn :) It was a very exciting process and it's still thrilling to think of all the possibilities reclaimed yarn can become.
This 800 yards is becoming a Campus Jacket. I will share progress photos soon.
I hope you are all having a safe and warm weekend.