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littlemissmuffet
« on: July 17, 2009 09:21:25 AM »

Hey everyone! This is my first post over here on the fiber arts board. I usually stick to the knitting boards for some reason Smiley

Anyways, I've recently gotten really into reclaiming / upcycling sweaters. Nearly all of my stash is from recycled sweaters, and I love it. It's addictive. I got in the habit of replying everything, especially if it was a thinner (think: laceweight) yarn, thus getting lovely worsted weight yarn for cheap.

One day I decided I'd try plying two different yarns from different sweaters together, and it was such a revelation. Since then, half the fun is figuring out color combos, etc, and seeing what amazing results I can get from ugly thrift store sweaters!

Here's a collage of my most recent ones:



The two are both 100% wool; the bottom left is a linen / wool combo, middle is wool; bottom right is linen / silk! I love them!

and some ones from months ago: (these are still some of my favs)



These were both silk / wool combos, and were just lovely.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2009 12:01:24 PM »

Those yarns look really good. Its a great idea to get a thicker yarn.
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jiniphur
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2009 06:22:56 PM »

That is such an awesome idea!  Now i know what I am going to do with those sweaters I dont wear anymore.
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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009 10:35:01 AM »

Great idea and beautiful yarns. Now I'm itching to go to Goodwill and see what's available to take apart.
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SharaLavallee
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009 08:15:38 PM »

Lovely. How do you handle connecting all the pieces? (silly question, I know) I just tie knots in mine but I know that's not the proper way.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2009 03:53:57 PM »

There are some great recycled yarn sellers on Etsy and it never occurred to me to do this.

Great idea! your turning out some interesting combinations that are lovely.
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009 07:50:19 PM »

Awesome! I love sweater yarn!
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2009 09:13:22 AM »

Wow.  I am so in love with yarn that this is just making my day so much better.  Smiley  I reclaim yarn too!  Smiley
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