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Topic: Thrift store sweater + Wilton dyes = bargain handpainted yarn....  (Read 8955 times)
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CrunchyParent
« on: February 25, 2008 09:18:43 PM »

In a fit of creative madness, I deconstructed this $3.99 Goodwill wool sweater



and broke out the Wilton dyes to create these four prrrrty skeins of yummy wooliness.



Step by step details and more photos on my blog (which I can't seem to hyperlink to) http://crunchyparent.com/?p=218 . I can't wait to knit these up (colors more vibrant IRL and so lovely).
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ninjanator
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008 09:28:26 PM »

omg they're beautiful! i especially like the blue and yellow skein Smiley i need yarn like that for my friend's sea-themed gift XD
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2008 09:35:28 PM »

Thank you...that one is destined (in part) for my friend who got her MBA from U. Michigan (their colors are gold & blue). When I was pregnant with my first daughter, she came for a visit and helped paint the nursery. She insisted on painting "M"s on the wall as a subliminal U Mich message. She just had her first baby over the weekend, so the yellow/blue skein will go towards a hat for her new little boy.
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2008 10:01:56 PM »

Thank you for posting this and for the link! I have never thought of doing this... and is is a REALLY great idea! My husband went back to school and money tight so this is a perfect solution to the guilt that I feel over "needing" to buy yarn.
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2008 06:10:44 AM »

Gorgeous! I have a sweater at home from the thrift store waiting to be ripped apart and dyed, I'm inspired! I LOVE the yellow and green skein, pretty pretty!
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008 01:50:18 PM »

She just had her first baby over the weekend, so the yellow/blue skein will go towards a hat for her new little boy.

eep that's adorable Smiley it reminds me of rubber ducks and baths too XD
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2009 04:59:00 PM »

ooohh... ok so I *can* buy the sweaters I find ugly!!! Wow- what a FANTASTIC idea!!!! was it hard to do??
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2010 07:11:34 PM »

Wow, those are BEAUTIFUL and really make me miss spring :/
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013 10:08:19 AM »

This is beautiful! I have known people who deconstructed sweaters to make "new" yarn but I never considered redye-ing it! And I love that you used food based dyes. I have a lot of food coloring that I want to play with. I read that they can be used successfully on wool or silk so I have held onto some uncolored fabrics. Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2013 10:34:19 AM »

This is truly recycling! Such a smart way to get quality yarn, color as you want and still have beautiful outcomes. Smiley
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