Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Recycled Hand Dyed Yarn

the palette
I recently gave my pal this cashmere sweater vest from a clothing swap. The brilliant gal carefully took it apart, dyed it, and now it exists as two gorgeous skeins of cashmere yarn. I love the concept of recycling cashmere garments for the purpose of knitting anew! Not only does it prevent waste, but it seems to solve a moral dilemma that haunts me whenever I even think of purchasing super soft animal fiber yarn. Now this lace weight yarn (over 400 yarns per skein) is available for purchase on etsy for mere pennies! Click HERE to shop & check out more photos of Jenna's deconstruction process HERE.
the finished product

7 comments:

Ella said...

THIS IS SO COOL
she should create this into a business!
i'm sure i have lots of rarely worn knits that could be recycled...

Dulcie said...

So nice to see you blogging again! :) xx

jenna said...

@ella: thanks! rachel has been pushing me to do just that. maybe i should set up a donation bin for rarely worn cashmeres? :)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

My grandmother used to do this with sweaters. She was a child of the Great Depression and did it out of necessity early in life, but she was still doing it in the 50s and 60s. Old habits die hard! Since the vest was fully fashioned (knitted into shape instead of cut and sewn) this was obviously a high quality piece and the yarn was well worth saving. Jenna did a great job!

DalenaVintage said...

Agreed. It's wonderful to see old pieces brought to new life...Especially into something so useful!

alexandra grecco said...

Amazing!
xo
Alexandra

Lesley said...

wow. beautiful. i have so much stuff that could be recycled!

also, i'm so glad you've returned! i myself took a little blog hiatus at the end of the spring.

portland is such a great city. i have family that lives out that way, and i love visiting!