Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-10-2005, 12:49 PM   #1
Curlykat
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 144
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How to sort out mystery yarn???
Okay, I went to Salvation Army yesterday and scored big time on sweaters to frog to increase my stash. Not only that, but it was 50% off day!! Two enormous bags full for $16!

So, now here is my conundrum: I know what most of the yarn is made from (lots of acrylic - I'm too new a knitter to be a yarn snob!! ), but how do I sort out if it's worsted weight, bulky, etc.?? Do I just kind of eyeball it and if it's skinny, it's sport weight, if it's medium, it's worsted and so on and so forth??
Curlykat is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 12-10-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
Silver
Instepping Out
 
Silver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Orange Park, FL
Posts: 3,949
Thanks: 854
Thanked 669 Times in 351 Posts
For fiber content, you can make a pretty good guess as to whether it's acrylic/synthetic or wool/animal fiber with the burn test. Take a small amount and burn it (in a safe location obviously). If it melts, it's acrylic or some other synthetic fiber. If it burns and/or smells like burning hair, it's an animal or other natural fiber... cotton, silk, etc. If you have a good eye and know what fibers feel and look like, you can probably determine the fiber content pretty well.

For the yarn weight, you'll ned to measure its WPI or wraps per inch. Check out this page. At the bottom is a guide for determining yarn gauge based on WPI alone.

Congrats on your big score! I hope this helps you sort out all that yarn goodness!
__________________
~Kristin

Silver's Sock Classes
Shop: On The Town Knitting Bags, hand made elegant small project bags.
My Blog, Write | KBelle on Ravelry | ComeToSilver on Plurk | Puppies, Jinx & Hex Photos & Videos
Silver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2005, 02:29 PM   #3
Yvonne
Turning the Heel
 
Yvonne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Southwest Florida
Posts: 524
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 3 Posts
One other way to determine fiber content is to look and see if these sweaters still have tags (if they're commercially made). If so, you'll know what the fiber or blend is.
Have fun with your unraveling. I've done the Goodwill stash enhancement myself. My kids each have a cotton bag to carry library books in now, and they used to be a men's cotton sweater. It's fun. I found the deconstruction process to be a bit more tedious than I anticipated, though.
__________________
http://www.thecaffeineatedknitter.blogspot.com/
I'm YvonneVT on Ravelry


Yvonne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2005, 02:50 PM   #4
Curlykat
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 144
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Excellent! Thanks for the tips, everyone!

I was contemplating buying a sweater to frog that had the tag inside that said "Handmade for you by so-and-so". I couldn't bring myself to buy it, just to wreck what someone had made for someone else. The fact that that person had given it to the Sally Ann didn't even make me feel better about it!!
Curlykat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2005, 02:20 AM   #5
feministmama
Instepping Out
 
feministmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: PDX
Posts: 3,674
Thanks: 310
Thanked 262 Times in 186 Posts
You can be pretty certain sweaters from the Gap are 100% cotton. Sometimes really good cotton to. J Crews good too.
__________________
Favorite Bumper Stickers:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
War doesn't determine who is right: It determines who is left
-That's OK, I wasn't using my civil liberties anyway....
-I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.
Reading: Barbara Kingsolver
Knitting: socks


I'm Femmy on Ravelry
feministmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2005, 03:47 PM   #6
Curlykat
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 144
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Wow, feministmama! You must have great thrift stores in your area, to be scoring stuff from The Gap and J. Crew. I'm probably just getting Wal-Mart cast-offs. :rollseyes:
Curlykat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mystery yarn BethLT How-to Questions 2 11-21-2010 12:09 PM
1 lb of mystery yarn for $4.50 N0obKnitter General Knitting 10 05-27-2010 07:39 PM
Mystery yarn bag Maddison General Knitting 3 04-14-2008 04:34 PM
mystery yarn lilacpimlico General Knitting 4 05-16-2007 05:10 PM
Sort of OT - scrapbooking with sort of a knitting theme Ronda General Knitting 1 01-30-2007 10:52 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:58 AM.