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ladystingray
« on: December 31, 2012 07:51:17 PM »

Hi fellow knitters. I keep seeing recycled sari yarn on the internet and I wondered if anyone else has knitted with it before and has any comments or complaints.
Any one good place to buy? Any info helps Smiley

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pocketwatch
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013 09:43:08 PM »

I just did my first project, a hat, with recycled silk- I am not sure if it is made from saris or made from remnants. I had several problems with it, which were mostly my fault for not checking my gauge nor yardage nor suggested needle size. One thing to know is that it's not squishy and compressible like all the other bulky yarns I've used, so the hat is like heavy and stiff.

I used a whole skein of Himalaya Yarn.
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knitster1
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2013 09:21:26 AM »

I think purses and bags are the best projects to make out of the sari yarn.  It's really heavy and sturdy, so it's kind of hard to wear it.  That's what makes it a great bag though. Colorful, funky and sturdy!
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Zylo
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013 07:51:35 PM »

Sari yarn has NO GIVE so be aware of that going in. It wouldn't be appropriate for anything that would need to stretch, so fitted garments are out. The drape can be lovely, but it does tend to be heavy so the weight will pull it out of shape. Something like that for a scarf wouldn't matter, but I'm not sure if could stand up to a lot of clothing patterns.

As for buying, I got mine on Ebay. Most of the stuff I've seen and used has had a thick/thin variation and a lot of the joins with the silk is very fuzzy? Maybe hairy is the word I'm looking for. Mine also had bits of sticks in it from the factory floor, which is not uncommon.

Overall, I think the reason people use sari silk is because it's gorgeous. As long as you're aware of the downsides going in, anything you make out of it will be beautiful. Sorry for the ridiculously long answer.
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