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Old 08-05-2013, 08:41 AM   #1
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Unravelling - Recycling Yarn
I love to find sweaters at thrift stores, made from gorgeous yarn. Because I can unravel them and make what I want!

Recently, I came across a red sweater, with bad seams that were coming apart. It was handknit, and the seams were not serged, so I knew I would be able to unravel it.

Brought it home, and got started, then used my yarn winder to make quick work of it. Now, I have lots and lots of nice boucle yarn.

Unravelling Red Sweater by Shandeh, on Flickr
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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A friend of mine does the same thing. I've never tried it, but I'm going to have to start looking. My mom, my sister, and I are always shopping at thrift stores, and it would be a great way to get cheaper yarn!
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Great colors! I'm gonna start hitting the thrift stores. Thanks for sharing.
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Mmmm, lovely basket of yarn and in my favorite color. I couldn't have passed it up either. It'll be happy in its new life, whatever you choose to make with it.
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Nice yarn! It's a great idea to get cheap yarn on the thrift stores.
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Recycled yarn still on the brain...I got a sweater-vest at the thrift store the other day.

Shendeh, you mentioned that the sweater you bought was hand-knit. Can you only use handmade garments for recycling yarn? I took apart one that was commercial-made, but it was sooo hard to unravel because it was seamed with sewing thread along the edges. And now it's in about a dozen little skeins! Did I do something wrong? It's pretty fine, almost like sock yarn...actually, not even really like yarn. It's almost like embroidery floss, made up of little threads.

Also, I was wanting to use it for a lacey scarf, but since it's kink-y from being previously knit, will it make my scarf look rumply or something?
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Shandeh,

I want to make a few of those niddy noddies for myself. Can you please tell me what to buy at Home Depot??? Like how long the pipes are and the diameter and other things????

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Old 10-28-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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I found the instructions online before. If you search for "pvc niddy noddy", you should find it.
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