I have been getting into recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters.
Amazing feeling getting a sweaters worth of yarn for $1.50 !
There are good instructions here http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html
if you are not familiar with the process.
I recently found a chenille sweater that is a rich red. It was 44 inches across the chest...and I don't know how long, put quite long when held against me.
Yes..it's acrylic..but if you price a comparable yarn...which I did. I would have needed to spend about 70 dollars to buy the yarn I got for less than TWO dollars!
...and the yarn is plenty soft and squishy.
( and believe me there is are tons of wool sweaters in thrift stores...just pay close attention to the tutorial above, and what kind of finishing to look for....but beware..some older wool sweaters may have started to felt! That's the main reason I haven't got a lot of yardage by undoing wool sweaters...I am learning now to see the signs of felting before purchasing.)
Anyways...there is enough for my husband to make the hat he wants to make for me, and for me to make a shrug type of garment...at least enough for those items!
I would love to start a knit along for this...everyone use recycled yarn...either from a store bought sweater or a handknit that you have at home, that is no longer being used.