Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I'm pretty sure I've used that title before. What does that say about me? Oh well...

I have continued to binge on thrift store sweaters and recycled materials. It's an addiction, and it's weird. I enjoy thrifting more than shopping at yarn stores, and lately I've enjoyed the process of reclaiming the yarn more than I have actually enjoyed knitting it.

Part the First of this bizarre obsession:
From Winter 2009
The gigantic bag of yarn sitting on my living room floor waiting to be measured and skeined. I'm ashamed to admit how big the bag is, but let's just say that it usually carries half my groceries. I'm not going to do anything with it until I get my new swift!

Part the 2nd:

I may or may not have gone thrifting yesterday. For $1.09 a sweater, who would have been able to say no?

Certainly not me...

They're all wool blends. No acrylic. All soft and luxurious and HUGE. I can't wait to sink my little fingers into them.

And, perhaps the most exciting thing I've done in a while...

Part the Third:

Yarn from a t-shirt, lightly plied, and

AWESOME plarn. Plastic bags and casette tapes spun together. I love it. LOVE it.

Tonight I have 2.5 hours of Bach Choir, but hopefully I'll be able to post a tutorial on making plarn and t-shirt yarn in the near future. It's seriously addicting.


Trina said...

Awesome! I've been collecting plastic bags for ages to make plarn! What are you going to use it for?

Catherine said...

No idea! I'm thinking of making a little bag or something for a friend of mine, and also selling some at the weekly craft fair I've been going to. Mostly I just love making it!

Trina said...

Ooo selling it is a good idea! How long does it take to cut up all the plastic bags?

Catherine said...

Suprisingly not as long as you'd think, if you play with the technique. I'm going to put together a little tut and link to some videos this weekend, since there are SO many variations and ways.

It's really fun!

nebraskama said...

Too funny ... I was just thinking to myself the same thing, it's more fun to thrift and unravel sweaters (my new obsession) than to actually knit something! :)