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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / reclaimed yarn question on: November 05, 2005 04:17:40 PM
I just bought a few sweaters from the thrift store to take apart and reuse the yarn. The first one I took apart went well, since it was handmade.

I didn't think about it at the time since I am new to this, but the other ones I bought are all made so that the front, back and arms are not only separate pieces, but have seams in them. The arms are not done as "tubes" that I can take apart, either.

Well, I can take them apart, but not in a way that I get reasonably sized pieces of yarn. So I'm going to end up with a lot of sleeves that could be crocheted onto other things (I think...I haven't tried that, either).

So, I guess I have several questions. Has anyone else done this, and how did you handle it? DId you only take apart things with no seams, or is there a way to take those panels apart and still get decent sized pieces of yarn? By "decent" I mean a few yards or so. I have no problem tying them together, but not 2 foot long sections.

Also, what to do with all of these sweater parts?

And, in regards to the smaller pieces of yarn: I want to get into spinning, too. Can I use this stuff for that? I'm really clueless as to what that entails.
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