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131  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Several FO's -- all from recycled yarn on: February 01, 2007 08:25:01 AM
precious, I unravel everything -- a majority of it NOT handknit.  The only yarns I have found that are difficult to unravel are very fine angoras that are not blended with something else-- they rip. 

Here is a pic of two sweaters I bought yesterday:

132  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Several FO's -- all from recycled yarn on: January 31, 2007 09:28:52 PM
Thank you for the compliments. 

Cupcake girl -- Sometimes I buy yarn for specific projects, however, I also have a HUGE stash of sweaters I have yet to unravel or begin using.  My local thrift store has a 50% sale the last Wednesday of every month, so I will give myself a $20-25 limit and just have fun.  Among my purchases today, I bought a Gap wool/acrylic blend, an angora/nylon blend and a sleeveless cashmere sweater I'm going to unravel and dye (it's a muted mauve that I'm going to dye red if I can).
133  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Several FO's -- all from recycled yarn on: January 31, 2007 01:15:41 PM
Here are some pictures of finished objects since September.  Everything except the black fur on the vest and one of the scarves was from recycled sweaters.

mohair scarf by erikasewing, on Flickr

kyoto sweater by erikasewing, on Flickr

scarf with beads by erikasewing, on Flickr

scarf fringe by erikasewing, on Flickr

furry vest close-up by erikasewing, on Flickr

furry vest by erikasewing, on Flickr
134  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Red Carpet Gown on: January 31, 2007 12:25:44 PM
That is absolutely beautiful.  I think I might try to knit that for a cruise I'm going on later this year.
135  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pink Lacy Top on: January 31, 2007 12:23:05 PM
That's very pretty.  Nice job.
136  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: January 31, 2007 12:21:57 PM
I just thrift store shopped this morning.  I purchased: a GAP cream colored cardigan 50/50 wool/acryclic, a lavender acrylic sweater, a 100 % cashmere sleeveless sweater I will need to dye because I don't like the color, a beautiful variegated American Eagle Outfitter sweater (lambswool/angora/viscose mix).  I'll take a picture and post later  -- I need help from my husband with that because I am technologically-challenged.  BTW, I also bought a DKNY top (not to be unraveled) that was in perfect shape and a sleeveless angora turtleneck (also not to unravel).  All of these items added up to $15.  I am going to post several of my finished projects as soon as my husband helps me.  Everything is from recycled yarn -- except some black fur yarn.
137  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lace leaf pullover on: January 31, 2007 12:13:28 PM
That is really beautiful.  The color is perfect for you.
138  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: recyled yarn KAL? on: January 13, 2007 01:44:07 PM
I have been using only recycled yarn to knit.  It's been quite the learning process.
 Anyway, I discovered the trick to avoiding massive tangles is to wind the yarn into a hank, using a niddy noddy, then tying it together in about six places before removing it from the niddy noddy.  Once this is done, you dye it.  When winding it into balls, again the tangling problem can occur.  I have avoided this by putting the hank around the legs of one of one of my kid's plastic chairs - turned upside down - as I wind it into balls.

By the way,  I made a niddy noddy out of $3 worth of PVC pipe from Lowes.  It's not attractive, the way the wood ones are, but it works just as well.

Good luck!
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