Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring is here!

 Spring has arrived in Washington state. This is a view of the street I live on. I woke up the other day and all the trees bloomed. The weather has warmed up a little and sometimes the sun peeks out hehe.
I have been thrift store shopping for large sweaters that I want to take apart for the yarn. I found these three the other day. The first was made in Ireland and is beautiful tweed wool. The pretty blue sweater is a Polo by Ralph Lauren sweater. I'm finding that Ralph Lauren makes very nice quality sweaters. (they are put together really well!) This sweater is wool, acrylic and rabbit hair, also a nice find. I love the color and was actually looking for this color yarn. The third sweater is 85% linen and 40% cotton. I love the color and it was only $4.99 for all that yarn! It will take me about two evenings to take it apart. I can't wait to knit something up with all the yarn. I have already taken apart the light blue sweater and wound it into skeins and washed it today. The yarn is very light and soft about a worsted weight. I have a few projects in mind for this yarn.
 More thrift store finds. Five balls of 100% cotton dk yarn. There is  about 700 yards of this. I'm looking at some shrug patterns for this. It will make a nice light cover up for work that I can use this summer. I also found 4 tiny beer glasses perfect for when we do our little beer tastings. The glasses were .69 cents each and the yarn was a total of $6. It was probably left overs from someones project.
 If you remember my last post, I took apart a large cotton Gap sweater. I'm in the process of knitting a cotton lace shrug with that yarn. I finished one side and now I have to knit another identical to that one. I memorized the pattern so this is my bus and work knitting project. This yarn has great drape and feels comfy.
 The undoing of a sweater.
 I picked it all apart, wound it into balls, then wound the balls into skeins and gave it all a bath. As this all dries I will be looking at pretty sweater patterns. I'm not sure of the yardage but there is a lot. I would guess at about 1000 yards. I guess this is my project this year... recycling thrift store sweaters that people no longer want and making them into something new and pretty!



4 comments:

Bonnie said...

Those are all such beautiful yarns and colors. I really love your thrift store recycling!

adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

Thanks Bonnie, it's an adventure!

Delusional Knitter said...

What awesome finds! I never think of stuff like that and there are a few thrift stores around here, I'll have to remember to check them out sometime. Do you wind your skeins on a niddy noddy? If you do that then you can estimate the yardage pretty close to the actual.

adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

I would normally wind it on my niddy noddy but I don't have it with me right now. I moved to Washington state and left some stuff to be shipped and unfortunately it it still in Florida. I tried to use chair backs but it's not accurate.