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!


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.