Friday, May 1, 2009

Recycling at it's best!

I've been at a strange impass with knitting lately. I'm at a point where I'm spending a lot of time on my projects and don't want to use cheap yarn and have bad results. But, I'm also too cheap to really spend a lot of money on good yarn. So I did a little recycling! I found this sweater at a thrift store for $3.
I used this tutorial to take it apart. Not a quick process by any means, but I ended up with this!

I wound the yarn on a board with two nails, three feet apart to measure the yardage, then twisted my skeins up all fancy like the yarn store. For $3 I ended up with about 650 yards of yarn. The yarn is a really soft acrylic, wool, angora blend. Now I just have to decide what to knit!!

4 comments:

Holly said...

That is a fantastic idea! I had never considered acquiring yarn that way. I think I'm going to have to head to the thrift store this weekend...thanks for the inspiration!

giddygoat said...

You are one smart cookie!

amandajean said...

that is a wonderful idea! way to find some good cheap yarn. woo-hoo! i love the way that you wound the yarn all fancy like the yarn store. that is too funny.

Amy Jo said...

i would never have guessed that much yarn came out of a sweater. Good Job!