But there's a way to share your hand made treasures without breaking the bank -- and it's even good for the planet... recycled yarn!
kitty and two owls (including this little guy ==>) I have at least enough yarn remaining for another kitty and another owl -- or any number of smaller projects!
So of course, that begs the question... how do we go from the Goodwill sweater rack to treasured amigurumi pal? Let's take a little walk through...
For me, an ideal sweater for recycling has:
- Worsted weight or heaver (it is much easier to unravel heavier yarns)
- Smooth yarn (again, novelty/angora type yarns are harder to unravel)
- Acrylic, cotton, or wool blends (my favorites for amigurumi)
- Limited stripes/patterns/embelishments (more yardage without breaks)
Once you've looked over the outside of the sweater and decied that the yarn is going to work for your project, you need to take a look at the inside. Yes, most thrift stores typically wash garmets before putting them on the rack -- but there are some things a casual washing will not help. Check out the arm pits for deoderant stains and look for other stains, holes, etc in the yarn. Remeber that you'll lose a lot of yardage from those little blemishes!
If the sweater still passes muster after an inside-outside review, you've found yourself a treasure. Head up to the cash register and take that baby home!
I'll give you a couple days to shop around for your treasures here before going on to the next part -- taking your sweater apart. In the mean time, you should also stop by a sewing store and pick up some sharp pointed scissors -- if you don't have a pair already. I use a pair of Fiskars soft-grips, like the ones shown below:
Happy thrifting and see you soon!