I’ve been thinking lately about some sweaters that I either garage saled or gave away to Good will or Salvation Army. I read somewhere about recycling sweaters to make something better and am kicking my self for not ripping apart the expensive, very large and time consuming sweater I made for myself in the early 90’s out of Lopi (it was actually a tunic when all was said and done) or the wool Aran cardigan or Eddie Bauer Fair Isle or the… I could go on with all the big, bulky, tedious, expensive sweaters I made before I really knew what looked good on me and how to make the stitches properly. I guess I’m not really sure what I would do with the bulky yarn I used back then, when my body didn’t have to compensate for having two children. Hopefully somone is enjoying them. 🙂
OK, back to recycling- I have a few tanks that I don’t wear very often, but don’t take up much room on the shelf (unlike the behemoth Lopi). I finally decided that I’d rather use the yarn for something better, or at least more wearable. I pulled them down and pulled them apart!! Luckily, only one was serged (and at the shoulders only), so I don’t think I lost much yarn in the process. Here are the before shots…
After two days of ripping I have this:
The balls are about baseball to softball size. I am hoping to make a lacy top from the new Interweave Knits magazine from the blue (Bonita shirt without the embroidery). The tan is actually a tape or ribbon, so I have to search a little more for the right pattern, but I am thinking of the hair wrap from the same Interweave issue. We shall see! In the meantime, I can enjoy some new yarn in my stash!