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Emeraldcutie
08-21-2006, 07:40 PM
I Have a very amusing 10 year old knitting nut..lol

I like to go out to the local thirft store looking for neat finds. During this I found 2 huge balls of Navy 100% mercurized cotton. 2 Navy balls of sock yarn -made in France)
I thought I would take a wonder to the sweater section to peek at some recycling possiblities.
I found a beautiful wool sweater in a pale yellow with cream and grey flecking.
As I was checking out that, my daughter wanted a quick lesson on finding sweaters that are suitable, so I told her the low down on fibers, and how to check the seams and wether it will unravel easy.
Out of nowhere I hear, mom I scored big time. She comes running up to me with the most beautiful teal sweater, that was half angora and half alpaca and so soft. You couldn't have picked a nicer one. (needless to say she claimed the first item knitted from it (perhaps a new winter hat :)
while I was getting the stuff gathered to photograph I found in the ball of cotton a brand new one of those darning needles with the curved tip on it (always wanted one of those)

Here's the Porn for everyone.

Oh and the best part under 20.00cdn for it all.

psammeadred
08-21-2006, 08:34 PM
Don't you love thrift stores?! I got most of my needles from one here in town.

Sounds like your daughter is learning very well!

gardenmommy
08-21-2006, 09:48 PM
Wow, that's awesome! I don't think I've ever seen an alpaca sweater in a regular store, let alone a thrift shop!

Pink Dandelion
08-22-2006, 02:34 AM
Looks like some neat finds!

A close friend of mine came shopping with me at our thrift store once, they have 99 cent colored-tag sales there every monday, and in the mens section she found (and claimed, of course ;) )not one, but two 100% Alpaca worsted/DK weight sweaters for 99cents! That was the last time I took HER shopping with me :grrr: ;)

jdee
08-22-2006, 02:58 AM
Beautiful. I love the color of blue on that sweater.

rebecca
08-22-2006, 11:18 AM
Nice score!!!! I really, really love the teal!!

Emeraldcutie
08-24-2006, 12:33 PM
Update:

I started dismantling the yellow/beige wool sweater. Here's a pic of what was yielded from the back , and collar ribbing.

Allie and I experimented for the first time with kool aid, and came up with this.

We used grape and cherry kool aid.

The one on the left is the grape, it went a little varigated due to the container I had it in, but I really like the out come.

The center piece is left over cherry water after dying the right piece.

The wool is equal to a sock/sport weight. I was going to try a 3mm needle.

I think total yarn for this part was equal to about 6 @ 50 gram balls of wool.

Total cost so far is 3.99 plus 50 cents for kool aid. (This was the cost of the whole sweater and I have used only about 1/3.

Not bad for a thrift store find..:)

Laura C

sara_jayne
08-24-2006, 12:36 PM
Those are some great finds and I love the kool aid dying! That one on the left, with the grape kool aid is beautiful! :inlove:

janelanespaintbrush
08-24-2006, 12:48 PM
Kool! :cheering: I just got some natural sock yarn and a bunch of KA packets as well. I'm can't wait to get experimenting! I hope mine turns out as well as yours.

itscryttle
08-24-2006, 01:12 PM
WOW! What a great score! :cheering:

SandraEllen
08-24-2006, 01:13 PM
so wait. you got all that yarn just from the back and collar of the sweater? you still have the front and sleeves left??? I'm going to have to go check out my local thrift stores!!!

XbelovedXoneX
08-24-2006, 01:27 PM
I really need to try my hand at recycling sweaters again. I tried with one of my grandpa's old sweaters following the online tut that's out there. Needless to say I got quite frusterated and it off getting dusty in a plastic bag. :wall: I'm just glad I didn't get too and and take scissors to it (well, not too much... :oops:)

Emeraldcutie
08-24-2006, 08:05 PM
so wait. you got all that yarn just from the back and collar of the sweater? you still have the front and sleeves left??? I'm going to have to go check out my local thrift stores!!!

I did, and it was a size large sweater.

When you are out looking be sure to check the seams to make sure they aren't cut in any way or it is fustrating.
It did take about 3 hours to undo all the stitches but I think it was worth it.

I started knitting a sock with the purple and I really like it. I'll post a pic tomorrow to show how the varigated worked.

Iam not a patient person by any means so I did a quick and easy dye to it, since it wasn't an expensive item.

I used a glass bread/meat loaf dish. Emptied the kool aid in it, and addedd about 3 cups of hot water. Stirred it around and layed the wool in it, and pushed it down till it covered the yarn (added more hot water if it didn't). Nuked for 1 min, picked the wool up with plastic tongs and flipped over. Nuked another min. Let it sit for 10 or 15 mins, ran lukewarm water in the dish until the wool was cool to touch. Pulled it out, gently squeezed until mostly all the water is removed. Hung on the hanger on my balconey till dry (about 24 hours).

Iam going to scavenger hunt again tomorrow to see what is out there. :)

SandraEllen
08-25-2006, 07:21 AM
I did it. i went to the Salvation Army last night and found 2 sweaters! Actually, DH found one of them for me. It's a long womens sweater that kinda looks like a lab coat and it's super thick!!! Don't know what i'm going to do with that one... :happydance: