The other day I found this sweater in a free box and it felt so nice and soft I just had to bring it home even though it wasn't my size or style. I had something completely different in mind for this sweater.
For a long time I have wanted to take a sweater apart, unravel the yarn, and knit something completely new out of it. I've seen people selling recycled yarn online and the idea made me instantly curious to try this myself. During the Depression era and World War II a lot of people unraveled knitted garments to knit up newer styles, so this isn't a new idea! And why not give an old sweater new life, if the yarn is still in good condition?
So the adventure began...first I took the sweater seams apart. This tutorial was very helpful for figuring out where to start and which direction the seams should come apart with one easy pull.
Next I unraveled the sweater! This part it is handy if you have a husband or friend to hold the yarn for you while you unravel and wind it into a loop so it doesn't get tangled!
If you don't have a friend, you can use a chair or table legs...just make sure there are no grooves in it where the yarn can get stuck and don't wind it too tight! (I made this mistake and it is a NIGHTMARE getting it off!)
After you've removed the yarn it will look like this, still kinky! But that's okay!
Now we need to get rid of those kinks! Fill a sink with very hot water and some hair shampoo or wool wash. Then dunk your yarn in! Don't burn your fingers though! Use a spatula or something to dunk it under the water. Let this soak for about an hour then drain the sink and lightly squeeze your yarn out. (don't wring it!) If your using shampoo, refill the sink with hot water again and let it soak a few more minutes to rinse.
You can figure out what weight your yarn is by trying the wraps per inch method (WPI). There is a great chart for this here.
I love my new yarn! I have a few ideas of what I want to make out of it but I need to finish a couple of my current knitting projects first.
I hope you're all having a great Thursday!