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I do. It's so much cheaper and you can find some pretty quality stuff, if you look hard enough. I've never met anyone else who does this so I think it would be cool to see where other people go to "score".
 

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oooh!!! I do, I do! Recycling sweaters is cheap, easy and fun. I enjoy it and consider it the beginning of the knitting process. But now I have way, way, way too much yarn. :) I get most of my sweaters at the local goodwill. Sometimes I feel guilty since those are donated items and we have a lot of hurricane victims in our area. Is it wrong to shop there? Where do you normally go?
 

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I was at Goodwill early this week looking for a yarn score... cheap me- the last time I was there to buy recycling yarn the sweaters were 50% off...I got two white wool sweaters which yielded a full paper shopping bag full of wool yarn... this time they were full price ($7.00) and I was being too cheapskate to spend that much on an oversize sweater of 100% wool (brown abercrombie cable in mens xl.... ) Oh stupid me... I'm haveing cheapskate's remorse.<br><br>
Here is how I deal with recycler's guilt. Buy ugly or horrible fitting sweaters made of natureal great fibers. When you look at them- you will see that there are lots of name brands, in beautiful colors and sometimes with really pretty designs... but if you really look at them you will discover why some poor soul- after loving and honoring this expensive purchase through several winters- finally decided to donate it to Goodwill without even working a single pill into the elbow- flat out... it a pretty sweater which makes even good looking people look fat and dumpy.... it will have shapeless shoulders, a too long torso or some boa constrictor monster of a turtleneck... there will be a FATAL flaw that not even a person on the skids will want to live with design wise... these sweaters BEG to have a crafty recycler rip them out... DO IT- and DO IT GUILT FREE!!<br><br>
Love Sarah
 

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love that username!<br><br>
i would love to recycle yarn but i can never find sweaters at our goodwill that i can use for it! they're all acrylic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap"> . i live in a really crunchy town so i think people are just beating me to them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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yes, but only if 50% off or a really good score. I've made soakers, hats, purses, scarves, &house slippers with my finds. I'm really bad lately, just been looking for wool sweaters for soakers/longies.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How do you recycle yarn?</div>
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<a href="http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html" target="_blank">http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/thrifty.html</a><br><a href="http://www.thekittyzoo.com/recycledyarn.html" target="_blank">http://www.thekittyzoo.com/recycledyarn.html</a><br><br>
here are the two sites that I used when first starting out. I think one said to wash after you frog the sweater to get the kinks out, but I was before I frog, the kinks work themselves out when I knit it up.
 

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Yeah, in my experience, the kinks work them selves out.<br><br>
I've had some pretty good scores. The best time to go is durring the summer when their sweaters are 50-70 % off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Hey, I was just going to post questions about recycling yarn, and here this is. Frogger, thanks for the links, they answered everything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kewl.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kewl">
 

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neat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I was going to post something like this today too! just last night I spent 2 hours in front of some pbs masterpiece recycling a <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhalen/58056505/in/photostream/" target="_blank">hand knit wool sweater</a> I got for 99¢. I think this wool is destined for something felted though, it was kinda scratchy and I think I actually found hay or something in the fibers too! Its all an off white color so I may dye it and try to make a bag or something like that for a gift.<br><br>
There is a thrift store in the next town over that has all clothing everyday for 99¢, including wool sweaters, I can usually fill a garbage bag with them and not even spend $20.00! Thats awesome in my opinion for wool. All kids clothes are 50¢ everyday too, I've found some great shirts to match soakers and longies, this store benefits the food bank right next door so when my kids outgrow stuff I always donate to them too.<br><br>
I have found name brand sweaters like new, lots and lots of hand knit ones, sometimes I feel a bit guilty for unraveling someones hard work... anyone else ever feel that way when you KNOW you are frogging someone elses work? The ones with tags from stores I don't feel as guilty for, I don't know why I guess somewhere SOMEONE has worked on everything at some point... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"><br><br>
If i like the design/color/texture of the sleeves I'll cut them off and make longies out of them, if not they get unraveled and added to the pile too...<br><br>
Elliana is currently <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhalen/58056506/in/photostream/" target="_blank">wearing a brand new pair of yummy alpaca longies</a> I finished from <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhalen/58056511/in/photostream/" target="_blank">sleeves last night, they are SO soft and warm!</a> She kept rubbing her face against them last night and saying "fost!" which is Ellietalk for soft <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I just got a ball winder last week so I have been sorta going wool crazy with winding up all of my stash and unraveling sweaters... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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No, it's not wrong to shop there for this or any other purpose! Items sold at Goodwill (or the Salvation Army, etc.) are not intended to go directly to people in need -- they're being sold to anyone who wants to buy them, and then the money goes where it's needed. Buy in good conscience, and know that far from taking something away from someone, you're doing a good deed!
 

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Oooo YAY!! I love to recycle sweaters. I found a gorgeous lavender colored angora/wool blend sweater at the Goodwill a few weeks ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"> There is absolutely no way I could afford that yarn if I were to buy it at my LYS. It's mostly frogged and whoo boy is it sooo pretty and soft!!!!! I can't wait to knit it up but I am busy with my holiday knitting right now.<br><br>
Also, my local Salvation Army has "Customer Appreciation Day" every Wednesday. All clothing is half off. I get wool sweaters for about $2. Wahoo!!
 

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I LOVE recycling sweaters! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Today I made a felt waistcoat for my daughter's waldorf doll from a man's purple j. crew sweater that I finished felting (it was already shrunk beyond frogging when I bought it). It's such a pleasant fabric to work with. I've made soakers and longies, tiny baby doll buntings and felt animals. I have frogged many and used the weaker fibers as wool stuffing for toys. I'm currently contemplating ways of making 'baby legs' leg warmers from sleeves, and learning from another mama on the board about making infant & toddler sleeping sacks from sweaters.<br><br>
My best *finds* have been a silvery gray cashmere/silk XL Pea in the Pod maternity sweater for 2.95, a boutique superbulky hand-painted wool sweater (now my scarf and hat) for 1.65, and a baby blue cashmere sweater for 2.95. All of these came from the Salvation Army in the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago, but I thrift whenever the occasion presents itself and have also had great finds in West Texas and Bay Area shops.<br><br><a href="http://www.nouveau.com" target="_blank">www.nouveau.com</a> is where I learned to unravel. Ashley has a great site and is a real sweetie.<br><br>
Ummm... I'm off to slice up an aran sweater for my dd some pants!
 

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Is that the Salvation Army off on Fullerton and Clybourne? I live in Wrigleyville, and I think that one is in Lincoln Park, right? I don't know neighborhoods, but I am so going there tomorrow because you said that.
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*me panting like a dog* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I read this thread, followed the links and set off this morning to recycle me some sweaters!<br><br>
I found 2, both gray, and then the mother of all thrift store finds-an entire skein of hand spun naturally black wool yarn. The Goodwill ppl had no idea what they were sitting on! I got it for less than $1!! I took it to my LYS, since I am a newbie and wanted to know for sure what it was. They said it looked like wool to them, told me about the burn test and suggested I wash it when I said I'd like it to be softer. I washed it and man, did it smell just like a sheep (and have lots of hay and bits in it)! I may be new to knitting but I am not new to sheep, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
Anyway, I started one sweater and decided to wash the yarn when I was done. Didn't tie the ends tight enough and tied them with yarn from the roll neck that kept breaking. So I now have a gigantic, extremely tangled pile of yarn on my floor. Lesson learned!<br><br>
I was curious how thick you want the yarn to be, I saw a beautiful, soft merino wool sweater but dh thought the strands were too thin to be useful.<br><br>
Also, when you accidently cut a loop do you tie it together when you get to it or leave it in as many pieces as it happens to be in? I am frogging a men's XL sweater and the back ended up in 3 sections. I tied them together but am wondering if I should just make smaller skeins in the future.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was curious how thick you want the yarn to be, I saw a beautiful, soft merino wool sweater but dh thought the strands were too thin to be useful.<br><br>
Also, when you accidently cut a loop do you tie it together when you get to it or leave it in as many pieces as it happens to be in? I am frogging a men's XL sweater and the back ended up in 3 sections. I tied them together but am wondering if I should just make smaller skeins in the future.</div>
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For the strands I like them to be around ww so that it's not too hard to unravel. Usually if its smaller than ww, I won't buy it.<br><br>
As far as pieces, I usually just leave them in smaller skeins, that way if I am needing that color for a smaller project, I use the smaller of the skeins, a bigger project gets the larger of the skeins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
On another note I went to GW to waste time, and found a huge, 4xl or larger, hand knit, wool sweater. And it was only $5!
 

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Just thought I would add - you can also recycle the sweater itself for a quick soaker!<br><br><a href="http://www.diaperfabric.com/store/WsAncillary.asp?ID=3" target="_blank">http://www.diaperfabric.com/store/WsAncillary.asp?ID=3</a>
 
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