I love a certain type of cotton sweater, but they are hard to find. My friends and I made a trip to Goodwill last week to find them some new pants, and I found two extra large sweaters in the correct fiber for $1.50 each.
I figured, hey, all I have to do is unravel these, right?
Well, I'm in over my head. First of all, I can't find a good place to start unraveling, so I got frustrated and chopped the cast off row off the cuff. Once I got all the little bits out so that I could start the frogging, I discovered that somehow the stitches are twisted in the ribbing so that on the switch from knit to purl and back, I can't just pull loop out of loop, I have to pull the whole thread through. Which isn't a problem for the first round, but after that becomes a royal pain.
Second problem: the "yarn" is actually 5 cotton threads held together. It may have once been twisted into real yarn, but I doubt it.
They're knit on machines, why would anyone bother? So when I go to cut the seam (sewn up with two of those cotton threads), I run major risk of cutting through an extra thread and ruining all the "yarn" down to that point. I think I can handle knitting with it, once its unraveled, by the way. Its the unraveling and then balling that's going to drive me further into insanity.
So what's the trick? Or are these two sweaters just not worth it, and I should pitch them and call it a $3 lesson in why you shouldn't buy things to do a project until after you have found out how to do it?
By the way, I got the neck of one all unravelled, I just cut it off just above the seam connecting it to the body of the sweater and it came apart fine.
I was so excited about finding sweaters I could recycle, and now I'm just annoyed...