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Old 03-15-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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Recyling Yarn
I am a recycled yarn convert! I just received a beautiful pink 100% cashmere sweater that I am reusing the yarn from to make a new sweater. Enough cashmere for an entire sweater, and I bought it on eBay for $2.25 plus shipping, it's new with the tags still! I know it is a lot of work to recycle yarn, I just finished doing some silk, but it is worth it for the discounts!
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:21 PM   #2
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That is incredible!! Great find!
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:23 PM   #3
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Okay, update. I just won another auction. I have purchased enough cashmere yarn for two sweaters, for a grand total of $29.00. I am so happy! And to think I almost bought cotton blend? For shame!
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:25 PM   #4
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wow great! is it the same seller?


do they have anything left?
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:39 AM   #5
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:05 PM   #6
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Well what I did was go online looking for some kind of expensive yarn I can't afford. I went to ebay and there was a cone of cotton/cashmere blend yarn and I put a bid on that, knowing I wouldn't win because there were hours left and it was already at the high end of what I can spend. But as I was looking through the yarn there was this beautiful cashmere pink sweater on the list. So I did a search for cashmere knit and started looking through what was available. There was the pink sweater for $2.25 with only 10 minutes left in the auction, so I took a chance and won it. Even with shipping it was only like $11.00. I am just so excited, because I can never afford nice yarn. I don't mind recycling it because it is gorgeous! My husband does not have any idea what I am doing. He said, hey, that's a nice sweater, you could buy it and wear it. *sigh* No dear, the whole point is to get my hands of some cashmere yarn to knit.



Here is the pic. The other sweater was a beautiful red. I'll put a pic up of that one too.[/code]
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:39 PM   #7
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That's a cute sweater. I might just keep it to wear and keep looking for yarn at that price!
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Old 03-16-2006, 12:50 PM   #8
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Great find. I go to the local thrift stores and look at the sweaters.. found some nice wool!!
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I know I said I'd keep it but I really would love to try this. When you search for sweaters on ebay is there a way you can tell if the sweater is ok to unravel and use? I've read how if it is machine sewn you can't undo it. must be hand knit. Is this correct? shoud I search for hand knit sweaters only? Any tips would be appriciated.
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Yes, it is more difficult to find out whether they are appropriate to unravel or not. As a general rule, I will take a risk on a brand that is considered to be "designer" or "upscale" as their knit garments tend to be at least hand seamed. Most machine sewn sweaters are cheaply made. With 100% of the silk and cashmere sweaters I have found, they have been hand seamed. Maybe the higher quality of yarn gives some indication of the sewing as well? It is a risk, that is why I only bid on garments that are very inexpensive for what they are. You can also send an email to the seller and ask if they can tell, or if the tag says anything about whether it is hand knit.

By the way: be careful about the difference between "hand knit" and "hand made". Machine knit garments are considered hand made if a person runs the machine. Hand knit, means knit with the classic sticks.
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