|wool yarn reclaimed from thrift shop sweaters|
I started reclaiming the wool in 2007 from wool sweaters that were purchased (some shown in this earlier post) in Denver thrift shops.
Once washed, the reclaimed wool could not be distinguished from that purchased in a yarn shop. Some of the wool I reclaimed can be seen in this post. The reclaimed wool has been used in a variety of projects for charities and for gifts.
Projects I made using reclaimed wool:
When I first started reclaiming wool, I tried every possible way to wind the wool into hanks so it could be washed. My first attempts were time-consuming, and I've since discovered that a niddy noddy can reduce the time investment considerably. What? You've never heard of a niddy noddy?
|.5 inch PVC pipe|
(4) 4.5 inch sections, (1) 12" section
(4) caps and (2) "T" sections
|three assembled sections of the niddy noddy|
|forming a hank on a niddy noddy|
note that one end is turned 90 degrees
Directions on how to use the niddy noddy can be found here.
|four-ounce hank of wool, reclaimed from one sweater sleeve.|
|gauge can be determined before reclaiming yarn|