I’ve tried on several occasions to unwind a sweater or some other knitted garment so that I can reuse the yarn… Only every time I did, I ended up with tiny pieces (think 2-10″ max) of a mess of yarn. *sigh* I’m just not worthy of those who actually knot their yarn back together and make something useful from it!
But not one to be daunted since I’d heard so many stories of others who had done it, I went in search again…. I glanced through all my sweaters – none were about to be decommissioned. Then I happened to look up in my closet and saw a poncho I’d bought on a whim. While I thought it was fun, I ended up just stuffing it high onto the shelves since it wasn’t my style. But it was time. Yes, time to pull it apart!
I relished playing around with all those fun yarns! Novelty, mohair, cotton, fuzzy, shiny, stringy. So interesting!
Several of them were ones I had wanted to play around with, but didn’t want to purchase entire balls of until I figured out if I liked them.
So pull it apart I did! And with far more success than before. Yay! I ended up with so many little balls to play around with that I practically squealed with joy! If only I knew what to do with them!
And then the tickle in the back of my brain started. There was a flower patter, unlike most I’d seen. Simple, fun and adorable. And bonus…. it was Japanese. For some reason, the thought of crocheting flower after flower thinking about all that the Japanese are going through now with the tsunami felt good – almost like little thoughts and bits of energy going to them with each little stitch. Maybe, along with a monetary donation, that little bit would do some good on some level.
This little pattern is SO easy to do, takes so little time to whip up and is so much more fun than any other flower I’ve made before. Of the
thousands five or six I’ve done, that is. Heh. While I have no clue what I’m going to do with them when I’m done, I know I’ll find something fun for them. It’s so chilly and snowy still, maybe I’ll just hang them from my girls’ ceiling. Or possible I’ll tack them to their wall. Or make a little shawl or scarf, if there’s enough. Give them away to people as a reminder of what the Japanese are enduring. I am not sure. (Any thoughts?)
My favorite discovery? This mohair – real or not – is so pretty a light! You can see it used a lot more on By Elizabeth Cat’s site here…. And make sure you poke around on there. Her colors are spectacular and is actually what prompted me to order the batch of yarn that should be here in a few days!
So, what about you? Have you pulled something apart and repurposed it? I’d love to see a link if you’re blogging!! I need inspiration…