I've been busy knitting lately, some very colourful items here.
I'm sure all you knitters and crocheters out there know how expensive wool/yarn can be, making even the smallest project out of reach for some. It makes sense then, to re-use yarn as much as possible. I do this a lot, buying handknit items from charity shops and boot sales and unpicking and re-winding the yarn to use again. By the way, I hate the term 'ripping out' (sorry American friends) but ripping just doesn't come into it, it's done very carefully.
Here is a childs jacket I picked up recently for only 30p - you couldn't buy the buttons for that, which incidentally are very pretty too, they have flowers on them. I instantly fell in love with the yarn, the space dyed colours are so spring-like and fresh. You can see here I've taken out one sleeve. After unpicking it all, I wind it into skeins:
I wind it around a book and keep the skeins quite small for the next step.
I used to use one of those old fashioned whistling kettles and hold the skeins over the steam, but I have an electric kettle now and an electric hob, so the next best thing is to use a steamer. Place the skeins in the steaming pans and steam for about 5/10 minutes, it works very quickly.
When you take them out all the wrinkles will be gone and you will have virtually 'new' yarn to work with. I will use this for crochet flowers and embellishments, that should work very well with the colours.
While on the subject of re-using wool/yarn, I made myself some leg warmers/boot toppers the other day, they were made from hand-knit socks I made a long time ago. They had become thin, and I had darned and darned them, the 'upper sections' were OK so I removed the foot, see how holey they are ?
I then just picked up the stitches and knit a new band and darned in the ends.
and here they are :
from old socks to leg warmers/boot toppers. I will wear these with my walking boots, I find they rub against the back of my leg if I don't have some protection, these are perfect for that.
Here are some brightly coloured leg warmers with matching fingerless gloves/texting gloves. These are destined for Etsy.
There are more works in progress, I'll show you when they're finished.