Have I told you my cool and cheap way of building my stash without breaking the bank? For under $10 you can have 2-3 skeins of soft, beautiful cotton yarn in a lovely rich colours. Thick, warm chunky wools all pre-shrunk and weather-worn. Even soft, fuzzy angoras to give you that sexy sweater look for all the right reason.
Here’s how you do it:
- Head on over to the nearest Value Village and start cruising the sweater racks. If that’s too low rent for you, check out the sweaters in the sale racks at Old Navy, H&M, and/or the Gap. Or what the heck, check out your closet for old sweaters that can be repurposed.
- Find a sweater with the colour or yarn or texture you want to work with (or price you are willing to pay.)
- Buy the largest size they have available. The bigger the size, the more yarn you get out of it.
- Once you are home, rip out all the seams, until you have a stack of separate pieces. I generally use a seam ripper for this, but a small sharp pair of scissors or paring knife would work too.
- Then start ripping out the knitting, just like you would if you realized after casting off that you screwed up in the middle of your sweater.
- Ball it up and then you can start knitting something brand new.
A couple of things to check:
- inspect the seams to make sure the sweater has been knit in sections which have been joined. Some of the fine knit sweaters are cut and sewn together like fabric, so the longest strand of yarn you will get is about double the width of the sweater.
- sweaters are sometimes cheaper on the retail sales rack than from a second hand store and you can get almost current colours too.
- watch for double strand knits. The strategy still works, but you have to pull out both strands at the same time.
- the collars and cuffs are sometimes sewn on as separate pieces, which you’ll need to remove before pulling it apart.
Lunch: skipped entirely
*Back on “No One Cares…” track, I have unilaterally decided that religiously following the list sequentially would slow me down. Besides, I had to skip #4 Exploit The Youth because I don’t have easy access to youth to exploit.