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april_cocaine
« Reply #40 on: January 22, 2007 01:02:04 PM »

I just heard a clever idea for unkinking yarn: If you have a dishwasher, you know how when you open it at the end of the cycle all the steam pours out? If you throw the ball/skein on the top rack and close the door for a bit it'll steam the yarn straight.

Best of luck!

thats a good idea
 I un-kink mine mine hanging on something like the bathroom rail while i'm having a hot steamy shower!
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« Reply #41 on: January 22, 2007 01:09:58 PM »

just thought i'd add my two cents about recycling yarn.  since it's the middle of january now and many parts of the country are finally getting winter-like temperatures, all the stores in the mall are, naturally, starting to sell shorts and tank-tops.  to make room for all this warm-weather gear, they're clearancing....sweaters and scarves!!  i found a 100% lambswool sweater (men's XL!) in variegated/self-stripingish black/dark grey/light grey for $10 at express!!  it's probably over a pound of yarn.  so slickmariavic, although $7 may be too much to pay for somebody's dirty old sweater, it's definitely not too much for brand new wool!  let's all go to the mall!!
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diosaperdida
« Reply #42 on: January 22, 2007 05:26:00 PM »

You have an excellent point about mall sales.
However, I know I personally look for sweaters that are newer and...clean when shopping thrift. Cheesy
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« Reply #43 on: January 22, 2007 06:14:00 PM »

I've been wanting to try this for quite a while now.  You all have inspired me to get out there and try it!
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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2007 07:01:06 PM »

Just a little FYI.........
Some sweaters have the "good" usable seam AND the serged ones. So check both side seams.

I know I know WHY would someone make a sweater like that


I recently bought a sweater at the trift store & just looked at the one side & when I got it home & started to unravel it, it just came out in strips because of the serged side. I have been recycling for quite some time & never thought about this until I learned my lesson the hard way.

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« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2007 07:12:43 PM »

Eeek..I have seen a serged neck and then good seams for the rest...but nothing like what you described! I will definitely be sure to look at both seams from now on..if I dont already..I think I probably do because I try to look for signs of felting at the seams. Thanks for the heads up.
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lriley39
« Reply #46 on: January 22, 2007 07:19:12 PM »

What a great idea I'm going to give it a try
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« Reply #47 on: January 22, 2007 07:27:18 PM »

I hope so Iriley! Have fun. Smiley
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misplacedhippie
« Reply #48 on: January 22, 2007 09:23:01 PM »

Ok so I finished unraveling, it took one episode of Law and Order, and the movie Fight Club, but all the seams were good seams! Even the collar was a good seam.  I figgured the collar was a lost cause, but was willing to try for the body and sleeves.  I am so excited.  Thanks for confirming that the shower would work, I know the girls in my building are going to think I am crazy but I will have some lovely clean yarn very soon.
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westcoastchica
« Reply #49 on: January 22, 2007 09:47:57 PM »

I'm SO in! I LOVE recycling sweaters! I think I've recycled about 10 so far. I've made Starsky, Rogue, two lap blankets, a baby sweater, and i'm currently working on a Log Cabin blanket using yarn from 5 different sweaters in the tan/beige/brown colour family. A whole afghan for less than $12 CDN. And they're all wool or wool-blends so it's SUPER warm.



Just yesterday, I cast on the Arctic Diamonds Stole from the current Interweave knits... I'm using some periwinkle blue fingering weight 100% Shetland wool from a recycled sweater ($1.99 CDN, w00t). I should go take a picture!
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