Monday, August 6, 2012

Recycle a Sweater: Reclaimed Luxury Yarn!


I haven't been online in the past week or so, I've been awfully busy with taking care of Bender, fixing up my Etsy shop, and planning for my trip!

...And, I've also been crafting, ALOT.

Since it's summer time, the thrift shops have tons of sweaters in them, all of them marked down super cheap.  Some of them are really expensive sweaters, Angora, Cashmere, Mohair, etc...

It's tragic to see such beautiful sweaters sit there, unsold.

It's also tragic that some of these sweaters will never be bought or worn.  They need to be Re-Purposed!

Luxury yarns can be expensive, some skeins of laceweight cashmere yarn run upwards of $40 or $90 dollars! OMG.

Well, why not go to the thrift shop and get your own luxury yarn?

100% Cashmere yarn sweater, purchased for $1.39!!!
I decided to do a video on recycling/reclaiming yarn from thrift shop sweaters. There's so many awesome sweaters out there, why not try your hand at being "green" and Frugal?

Please be kind, this is my first tutorial video, and its a little long, but really helpful! I decided to use a 100% cotton sweater that my video camera could easily focus on, and so that everyone can clearly see the stitches used!

So, after this video, here's my final product:

Beautiful, soft, commercial spun cotton.  Since it's designer/commercial-spun, it's soft enough for next to skin wear, something you don't get at most big box yarn stores.  Usually cotton this soft will run you $12-15 a skein.  And this stuff? Cost me $1.99 and a few hours worth of work!  

If you're a crafter, you'll love recycling yarn. Why? Because it's the same satisfaction as ripping out/frogging a bad project!

Here's some helpful images, in case you didn't catch them from the video:

Find the seaming thread, and pull up on it so you can see where  the seam starts

Slowly weave the seam thread out from the seam to start frogging the sweater!
So I've been recycling yarn from sweaters for the past week.  Here's HALF of what I've done so far:

I've got cotton ribbon yarn (grey), bulky wool blend yarn, super soft blue cotton, and high end angora!  So awesome! I've got almost 4 different weights and types of yarn, and it didn't break the bank!

Don't think you have time for recycling yarn? Then try my Etsy Shop! I'll be listing more yarn over the next couple of days, including some lovely lace merino yarn, and some 100% cashmere yarns!

PS: You can now check out my Etsy shop from my Facebook Fan page, LeftOvers4Dinner! Just click on "Shop Now" to browse all my items. Be sure to "Like" my page for exclusive discounts, news on new items, and cute photos of Bender!

Thanks for reading!

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