Friday, August 27, 2010

Drying Now

Well the first sweater is deconstructed, washed, and is drying now.  I'm pretty excited about it too.  The yarn has a lot more color specks to it then what you could tell while still in the sweater form.  I should have some ready to list on etsy for sale on Sunday.  I want to give it plenty of time to dry before I do a final yardage count.  Here's a quick picture of the yarn before being washed. (The blue yarn is just were I've tied the hanks in places to help keep it from getting too tangled during the washing.  Even though I hand wash and soak the yarn, it will still become a little messy.)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Group to Recycle

I bought these the other day and have actually started to deconstruct one of the sweaters but I figured I would show a group shot of my findings.  There are six sweaters in the group, pretty good haul from just one goodwill.  I probably could have found a few more if I would have went back through and looked but I figured this would be a good start.  And there was a good mix of colors, though something in a blue would have been nice to find.

The brown sweater is the one I'm currently working on, I only have one more panel to unravel.  The yarn is a really pretty 50% wool, 50% acrylic with specks of different colors throughout.  Here's a close-up of just that sweater.


I'll post the pictures of the yarn when it's been washed and ready to be listed on etsy.  Hopefully in the next day or so.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Getting Started

I've had this idea in my head for sometime now and have been slowing working on parts of it. I love to knit, crochet, and spin (along with a ton of other crafty things) and recycled a few sweaters for their yarns last fall after reading an article about. I bought several that first day and had a blast unraveling them and getting the yarn all organized.

Since then though, I've only made one project with some of the yarn and plied some more into some yarn I was spinning. But I've been thinking about the fun I had treasure hunting for the sweaters themselves. I have been talking about all this with Matt and we decided maybe I could just sell the yarn I recycle, that way I could still go out on my little hunts and get the yarns all ready but not have them stacking up all over my craft room. And I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who would love to have some wonderful yarns that are not only a great deal but are also recycled, without having to do all of the leg work.

This blog is going to be where I show off some of the sweaters before I recycle them. It'll give you a chance to see the before and after, see what yarns are going to be coming up for sale on etsy soon, and it'll also help me keep track of what I've done.