Last winter I busted out the knitting needles for the first time since we moved to England, and kind of went berzerk.
So I learned how to "recycle" yarn by unraveling sweaters. Once you learn what to look for in the way sweaters are constructed, you can really cash-in. I went to the Goodwill Outlet (praise it forever and ever amen), and perused their mountains of sweaters. I came away with a bunch of 3XXX sweaters made of really nice yarn, many of which were still brand new with tags attached! Then the unraveling began.
With this sweater alone, I got at least $50 worth of yarn for $1.50.
Now, after a winter of knitting, I still have TONS of yarn left.
In addition to all the projects I have sitting around unfinished, here are some I did finish:
|Kangaroo (with front pocket) and Bunny bean bag dolls for Logan and Eva|
|Tea Kettle Cozy and Mug Cozy|
The process was much slower than we expected, so at the end we declared we'd never do it again. But lately I've seen some pretty amazing stuff online knitted out of plastic bags, including umbrellas and clothes, and I'm tempted to take it up again.
I also made my first piece of "real" clothing for little Eva. This cardigan took forever, too, but it was really satisfying and inspired me to launch full-force into knitting clothing.
All these hands-on projects were really satisfying to a part of my brain that's probably been dormant for a while. I don't feel like a full-blown knitting geek yet (right? ..... right?), and I'm sure I'll never be an expert because I'm too impatient, but if you need an old sweater unraveled and turned into a hat, I'm your man.