Monday, January 30, 2012

Lookie what I found...


Two cotton tweed sweaters that have been loved and worn and washed and worn, and then, when they stretched out of shape, relegated to the pile.
As you can see from the top rust coloured one - they are well on their way to becoming yarn again. (Actually, by the time you read this, they are both bags of yarn, rather than knitted sweaters.
These were both knit on the machine years ago, when I first got it. Simple raglan, 3/4 sleeve sweaters, no edging, nothing. It made it very easy to reclaim the yarn. And the nice thing is, the yarn is already washed and softened, and ready to be reknit. (I'm envisioning a colour blocked cardigan - I don't wear knitted pullovers, but I live in cardigans!)
The two colours look great together, so I will block out a pattern with them, and run it through the machine yet again. The Sweater Wizard software will come to the rescue yet again - as much as they say it's for hand knitters - it's a great tool for machine knitters, because it gives actual row count after you input your stitch and row gauge.

Don't think I'm abandoning my hand knitting - far from it. But I'm enjoying the speed of stash reduction, and getting enjoyment out of wearing some favourite yarns sooner rather than later.

2 comments:

KnitTech said...

Those will make a great new sweater.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

What do you think you will make with those reclaimed yarn balls?