I’ve been feeling really listless the past few days. I had a stomach ache from hell yesterday and didn’t realize it was from the highly acidic oranges I’ve been eating until my husband mentioned it. Won’t be having any more of those!
I’m not working on any specific projects right now. I started Oblique from Knitty but I need full concentration for it. There’s five panels of different stitches on the back so I have to really pay attention. Not really happening right now. I started a scrappy afghan, just long strips of stockinette in random colors from my stash, broken up by a few rows of black in between. It’s a good project for watching tv or surfing the net. The Corazon mittens for my mother in law are still at the halfway mark. I’ve heard of second-sock-syndrome, but mittens? I guess it still applies. The Transformers Toque for Paul has been languishing for a couple of days. Oh, which reminds me…
Paul and I went to the Salvation Army on Friday. We like to go in there to browse from time to time because it’s one of the biggest thrift stores in our area and there’s always neat little kitschy things there. I found two 16 inch circulars for $1.25. Why am I so thrilled? Because around here you don’t find circulars that small unless you pay a pretty price at The Spinster. I found them in size 2 and 3, which are what I like using the most for hats so that made me very happy. I also found a Gap wool sweater in white/cream for $2.00 and there’s now about a pound or so of yarn sitting in cakes, waiting to be dyed. I also found a copy of the Nanny Diaries, which I’ve been wanting to read but not pay full price for. I’m about halfway through it and it’s pretty good!
Since I’m just jumping from topic to topic, I’ll keep going. Well, sort of… I learned about recycling (or reclaiming) sweaters a couple of years ago. There’s a lot of amazing fibers out there, but unless you’ve got a large budget it’s not always practical or affordable to spend $200 on enough yarn for a sweater. I’d heard about recycling sweater yarn on a forum and decided to use my google-foo to find out more. This is a good site to explain how to do it. I like to stick to mainly worsted weight sweaters, single color, the larger the better. The Gap sweater I found was the perfect recycling project because of a few things.
1. 100% Lambswool
2. No serged seams.
3. Worsted weight
4. A color I liked/was dyeable
5. Single color
It was a raglan, so I got four large balls with no breaks. Good seams make unravelling SO easy. Just start on the end where the seam would have been finished in the factory, snip the crochet-looking chain and if you’re lucky you can “unzip” it all the way down with no breaks. Once you have your pieces seperated, unravel the bind-off edge and just start pulling. I use my ball winder and once the entire piece is wound, I pull the end out and re-ball it. I do this because when I first ball it straight from the sweater piece it can be pretty tight. You don’t want to leave your yarn in such a stressed state because it can pull it out of shape and cause gauge problems later on.
One of these days I’d like to make my own tutorial with lots of pictures. I kind of want to do it now, but I know I’d get halfway through all the pictures and give up. I’m that discombobulated. Yucky.
I’m just going to go play around on Ravelry, drink my nut toffee coffee and hope that I’ve waved this fog away enough to get some housecleaning done later this morning.