About a year ago I purchased a sweater from the second-hand store for the express purpose of disassembling it. This weekend, I finally had a free moment to get to work.
First, I figured out how it was seamed and began the process of ripping out the thread.
As I found the ends, I left them hanging until I could get to my ball winder.
When the un-seaming was finished, the sweater looked just like a set of pieces that were ready to be re-sewn together. Now, it was time for the ball winder!
In the end, there was very little waste compared to yarn . . . but the yarn cakes were many and the fiber itself has enough acrylic % that it won’t spit splice.
It’s a first go at this whole process of reclaiming yarn, and I think I will improve my techniques with time. As it stands, I managed to get a lot of yarn, BUT, I could have had longer runs if I had been a bit more careful at a few key spots. Then again, this sweater was fused together in the armpits, around the back of the collar and at the waist ribbing. Really, (I tell myself) maybe I did the best job possible 🙂
Next steps: I plan to reskein the cakes using my niddy noddy and then wash the yarn to relax its kinks. Then, I may try one last spit splice attempt . . .
Has anyone else tried this? Any ideas for what do do with my mess of yarn cakes?