Do you ever walk past jumpers or cardigans in op shops and wonder what it would be like to pull them apart and knit them into something else?
It's a secret fantasy of mine to do this - sustainable fashion at it's best. I found just such a jumper the other day. I just had to bring it home. I admit, the $6 price tag did help sway me.
That cosy torso warmer was wool..I'm thinking with maybe a touch of mohair? It had a hairy little halo happening (fuzz?) and being white I thought it could be transformed into any colour of the rainbow..oh the options!
I have to say it was with some regret that I made the first cut, I loved the snowflake design and chunky cables but alas, just could not see myself wearing this jumper any time in my future (being two sizes to large may have also had something to do with this..).
Once the seams were clipped apart, the pieces unravelled fairy easily. It was calming in a way ..being able to see how the previous knitter had assembled the garment and what little tricks they had put into place. It was with great interest that I examined the weaving in of loose ends, it was extremely satisfying to see how someone else had done this!
The front, back and sleeves were skeined straight onto the niddy-noddy (funny looking wooden contraption above), and as I had a huge pot of dye leftover from another project, decided to use this for colouring the wool.
That very same afternoon, the skeins had all been dyed and were hung outside to dry. A bit patchy in places as there was a lot of yarn squeezed into that big but obviously not big enough pot!
That's ok though, I'm good at living with imperfection :)
The colour is kind of a washed out denim blue (which was the result of the first exhaust from a navy blue dye bath).
I still cringe a little when I think of how much work went into the jumper the first time around and wonder who knitted it and if they are missing their snowflake sweater.
However, soft natural fibre yarn like this doesn't come by in the op shops all that often and I hope I can give the wool a whole new life. The yarn is about an 8 ply/DK thickness and quantity is 530 grams. Again, the options! At this stage, I'm leaning towards the Tappan Zee cardigan on ravelry, although this could change as easily as the weather!
Have you pulled apart a garment and knitted it into something else? Tell me, I'd love to hear!