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« Reply #200 on: April 17, 2007 05:06:34 AM »

Awesome!  This was my first recycled sweater so I have to go get some more. Smiley Something about ripping the yarn out of something ugly and turning it into a ball waiting to be used is very relaxing to me. Smiley SO I can't wait for my next thrift store trip. Smiley
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« Reply #201 on: April 17, 2007 10:20:42 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments girls.  I'm still trying to collect as many free sweaters from friends before I start buying from the thrift stores.  Tag sale season is coming up as well Smiley
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« Reply #202 on: April 17, 2007 11:52:57 AM »

I recently completed a couple of items using recycled yarn.  Here are the links: 

The anthropologie inspired capelet:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30373688@N00/462005567/

Twinkle's Chelsea sweater:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/30373688@N00/438196472/in/photostream

I'm not sure if I should post FO's in this thread because everything I knit (for the most part) uses unraveled thrift store sweaters.  Although I am knitting Butterfly with fresh yarn.

Eliea, I know what you mean about the unraveling process being relaxing.  My husband, on the other hand finds it very distracting and frenetic if I do it while we're watching T.V.
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« Reply #203 on: April 17, 2007 02:09:42 PM »

Erika - you should totally post all your recycled FO's, we need the inspiration!
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« Reply #204 on: April 17, 2007 02:19:58 PM »

Eliea, I know what you mean about the unraveling process being relaxing.  My husband, on the other hand finds it very distracting and frenetic if I do it while we're watching T.V.
My hubby is always watching me when I unravel a sweater. I think he finds it a bit amusing. lol!
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« Reply #205 on: April 17, 2007 09:07:33 PM »

My husband likes unravelling (the only part of the knitting process he has any interest whatsoever in)!
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« Reply #206 on: April 18, 2007 05:34:18 AM »

I wish my husband would help -- I have about 10 sweaters that could use some unraveling.  My three-year-old, however, does like to help me.
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« Reply #207 on: April 22, 2007 11:27:50 AM »

I finally went to a thrift store and picked out 2 sweaters to unravel.  One is a new looking jcrew fisherman type sweater (cream).  I almost wish it just fit - it's beautiful!!!  The other is Polo, carmel colored, camel hair Mr. Rogers looking cardigan.  It also has great buttons I'll be able to use for something.

I haven't started either yet however.  Any tips on how to make skeing out of them so that I can wash them.  I don't have anything to wind a skein on, and I really don't want to build/make something...  I'm not sure I'm going to be able to stand the smell long enough to get them unwound!!!   Embarrassed
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« Reply #208 on: April 22, 2007 02:46:08 PM »

I made a niddy noddy out of PVC pipe.  There's actually a tutorial if you google it.  It cost about $3 for the pipe.  Another possibility, if you have children, is to use some tinker toys to build one.  It's not as sturdy, but it'll work if you make sure the peices are tightly fit together before you start.  If you're not sure how to wind on a niddy noddy -- you can google that, too.  .

Good luck and have fun!
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« Reply #209 on: April 22, 2007 03:41:28 PM »

wash them before you unravel them way easier.

If you dont want to do that after making them into a skein stick them in a pantyhose leg for washing.
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