Reusing Yarn – Getting the Kinks of Out Yarn That Has Already Been Knit

I don't know how you are, but now and then I come about halfway through a project and then decide that I just don't like it anymore … In my early career as I just continue to live according to the words of my father: "You have to finish what you started." Somewhere along the way I had a revelation and decided that my time (and yours!) Is just too valuable to spend on knitting things that I don't like. No matter how painful my hard work is, I accepted those first few hours as sunk costs (see Econ 101 for more information about sunk costs!). More often than not I delay the & # 39; ripping & # 39; as long as I can stand it. When I finally arrived, I noticed that the yarn there & # 39; frogged & # 39; looks – it's bumpy and curvy – and not very attractive (like a frog). The last time this happened, I consulted our store manager Jeanne and this is what she told me to do:


  • First put the yarn back in a strand by loosely wrapping it around your arm; just like you would do a long electric cord. The part "wrapping loosely around your arm" is important.
  • Carefully remove it from your arm and place it on a table.
  • Tie it with some waste yarn in 2-3 places (not too tight) just to hold the strands together.
  • Put it in cold water with just a little soft soap for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it and squeeze out the water, taking care not to confuse the locks.
  • Place it on a towel and roll the yarn to get the excess water out of the yarn.
  • Hang it over a hanger (plastic is preferred, but if you don't have a plastic hanger, you can use a cloth around the neck of the hanger so that it doesn't rust on your yarn) and hang it in the shower to drip. It is sometimes useful to hang a weight on the bottom of the yarn – I think a heavy wooden pack hanger is perfect for work. Again, you want to protect the yarn from rust by placing a cloth between the hanger and the yarn.
  • Once it dries, wind that beautiful yarn back into a ball and use it to knit something else!

Postscript Did you know that in the & # 39; old & # 39; time, when money was scarce and buying new yarn was not in the budget, items of clothing would become & # 39; frogged & # 39; making it available for a new and useful piece. My friend Sandy often searches thrift stores – looking for sweaters made of luxury fibers … she unravels them, washes the yarn and then uses them for one of her own creations! She loves the adventure and the excitement of finding a hidden gem!

It looks like we cut down our Christmas trees last week, and now the winter is over and the warm weather has arrived.

While our knitting thoughts change into lighter patterns and more open woven designs, the question that comes to mind is more than any other ... which yarn do I use for these summer patterns? So often I see many different types of yarn in those beautiful knitting magazines and newer books, so which ones are best for summer knitting?

After knitting with many different types of yarn over the years, I can recommend some fibers that absolutely fit the bill, much more than others, when it comes to knitting everything you could wear or use in warmer weather.

And don't forget, with the warm weather special occasions such as weddings, proms, even graduations, as well as outdoor events where you go from day to evening. In the most balmy night, nothing beats a beautiful scarf or unique shrug or Afghan that not only protects but also looks beautiful.

The first type of yarn that is almost a "given" is cotton yarn. Cotton is very easy to knit and now comes in so many colors; most of the larger brand names come in a cotton variety. Some simple shawls or shrugs in the open air look fantastic when knitted in cotton yarn. Don't forget all the beautiful place mats and bath items that you can knit with cotton yarn.

Then there are cotton blends. Examples of these yarns are cotton and merino, or cotton and worsted yarn. Another great yarn mix is ​​cotton and linen. Any type of summer pattern can be knitted with these yarns; I especially like cool sweaters and loose cardigans for these yarns.

As always, worsted yarn is as popular as ever. Every brand carries a bad weight; and the color selection is great. Worsted can be used for anything and everything; cardigans, scarves, shells, sweaters, summery Afghans and all kinds of accessories.

DK weight yarn is another good choice for summer projects. This type of yarn is very popular with scarves and cardigans. This yarn is a light comb yarn between comb yarn and sport yarn, and knits quickly for any project you can imagine!

Soft, soft, soft-touch silk yarn is always a big hit for lighter knitted patterns. They show up in feathered creations, nice to wear close to your skin and with graceful curves and draping effects that give you a head start every time! Another yarn, soft as silk, is bamboo yarn. It also comes in different colors and is a great summer yarn.

And don't forget the summer colors. That is perhaps the most difficult of all; choose between all those lush shades and hues. Colors such as & # 39; cotton candy & # 39 ;, & # 39; mint leaf & # 39 ;, & # 39; peaches and cream & # 39 ;, & # 39; sweet orchid & # 39 ;, & # 39; lemonade & # 39 ;, & # 39; breeze & # 39 ;, & # 39; popsicle & # 39; and & # 39; white sparkle & # 39; are just a few of the versatile and irresistible yarns to knit with!

Whichever you choose, you just can't lose! So if you are like me, go to the yarn store as quickly as possible!


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