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diosaperdida
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2007 05:42:47 AM »

guacamolegreetings. ..I also just stick em in the washer and felt them..I like to make purses and cat/dog toys with them.
ChristineRenee...I'm sorry you're having so many problems...tangling is a hassel. The hank I washed yesterday fell on the floor while I was making a ball...and tangled...took all evening to untangle it.
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2007 08:05:00 AM »

I make TONS of stuff from yarn retrieved from recycled sweaters. I love the whole intentional frogging of the sweater- so relaxing in a way  Cheesy

If you plan to do alot of sweater recycling, you may want to invest in a swift and a ball winder (you can build your own swift with directions here on Craftster, as well as ball winders if you can't find any in your local stores). If you do the occasional recycle a PVC niddy noddy or chair back will work just fine, and then you can use a M&M mini tube as a nostepinne.

You can even make something like this to make skeins (scroll down, this is also a yarn recycling tutorial, one of my favorites):
http://www.neauveau.com/recycledyarn.html

I wash the yarn skeins delicately in lukewarmish coldish water (so as not to felt) then I hang them from a hanger with something like a shoe as a weight from the shower curtain rod to dry them straighter. They'll still be a little wavy, but not as kinky as straight from the sweater.

When dying skeins I tie it in 5 or 6 places (or more depending on the skein length) with extra bits of the same yarn that are in the discard pile (like the seam thread or whatever) but not too tight unless you want little tie dye like white flecks on your yarn.

I just got a new winter coat, soi was planning on doing a branching out scarf or something in one of my recycled yarns.... this could be ineteresting.

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« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2007 10:57:52 AM »

I love getting old sweaters and recylcing them into something prettier!

From my first one, I made a hat and scarf, and a toy kitty and i still have loads left.

my mum give me some yarn she got from a cardigan at a carboot sale.
 i have no idea what to do with it. it's fairly chunky, and rainbow colours, mostly pinks, reds and browns though.

any ideas?
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ChristineRenee
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2007 04:37:31 PM »

I can't believe I didn't think of tying the skeins in more than one spot! Duh! That's what I've been doing wrong. I've been tying them in just one spot.

I gave up on untangling it. Now I'm just untangling it as I knit along. It's a little annoying, but it's worth it to knit with cashmere!
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2007 07:14:21 AM »

I can't believe I didn't think of tying the skeins in more than one spot! Duh! That's what I've been doing wrong. I've been tying them in just one spot.

I gave up on untangling it. Now I'm just untangling it as I knit along. It's a little annoying, but it's worth it to knit with cashmere!

Grin Ask me how I came up with tying the skeins in multiple spots  Wink
(Except mine was a merino laceweight. I ultimately gave up trying to knit from the tangle and spent an entire weekend untangling the mess while watching the DVD collection of Millenium season 1 and 2, and uttering "never again......never... ..again........")
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2007 01:15:43 PM »

LOL..I'm sorry Conley..I guess I'm laughing because I can relate. I too learned to tie in more than one spot the hard way.
Mine tangled because I had removed the ties and it fell on the floor...and my husband picked it up...then I picked it up..and well..tangles make themselves.
I had a ball winder on order at the time it was advised above( I also machine knit.)...and got it today.
Yay!
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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2007 01:30:20 PM »

LOL..I'm sorry Conley..I guess I'm laughing because I can relate. I too learned to tie in more than one spot the hard way.
Mine tangled because I had removed the ties and it fell on the floor...and my husband picked it up...then I picked it up..and well..tangles make themselves.
I had a ball winder on order at the time it was advised above( I also machine knit.)...and got it today.
Yay!

Woo hoo!! Now you will find yourself winding every skein of yarn in your house (and maybe that twine in the garage)... then unraveling the not quite as perfectly wound cakes to make more perfectly wound ones.
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2007 03:51:39 PM »

Yeah..I was so stoked..I made 6 balls in 20 minutes.

It was really great when I was trying to show off for my kids when they came home from school, and went a bit too fast...the ball-in-progress flew off the winder and through the air.
I haven't laughed so hard in a week.
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ChristineRenee
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2007 06:45:37 PM »

I have been meaning to post these pictures:


This is the yarn I got from one cashmere sweater. (Minus the skein I dyed purple.) I dyed it with blue Kool-Aid.

You can see the balls that I wound before giving up on untangling this mess.

And here's the cuff I made with it:

It's about as simple as you can get, but I wanted something quick and easy. I love how soft it feels against my wrist.

I still have tons of this yarn left. So I'm going to do a few more cuffs and then maybe a few pairs of baby booties. And maybe I'll try to knit my first pair of socks...

Does anyone else have any ideas for projects?
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2007 07:07:09 PM »

I do all sorts of things.....
Fingerless Gloves
Hats
Scarves
Toys
Headscarves (kerchiefs)


I usually turn a reconned sweater into tons of smaller things, but those listed are my usual.
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