Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thrift Store Yarn Haul

You know I love to shop at thrift stores. I've been looking at sweaters lately, looking for really great yarn that I can unravel for much cheaper than buying the yarn outright.

I've unraveled a few sweaters already, and here are a few pictures ...

This is a lovely angora/lambswool/nylon blend in red - one of my all-time favorite colors to wear!

This is a linen/cotton blend in burgundy. I have the same amount in a blue-black, since this sweater was a stranded one.

I also have some dark blue-black wool, pink lambswool/angora/nylon, and the softest baby alpaca in blue-black and heathered gray. I need to take pictures of them for my stash on Ravelry, but I haven't done that yet.

Now that I've shown you the yarn I worked for, let me show you the yarn I found in its regular form - skeins.

 I got all of this in a box for $10. It's not specialty yarn, but the Herrschner's yarn is Aran weight and feels nice. While Red Heart Super Saver can be rough and scratchy at times, I like the tweed for doll sweaters. (They never complain about the scratchiness of a sweater.)

In that same box were a few stray partial-skeins:
... some Vanna's Choice yarn (100% acrylic and super-soft), roughly 5.5 ozs altogether ...

... This wasn't labeled, but I'm guessing it's Vanna's Choice Baby yarn. It has a wonderful silky feel to it. There are about 8 ounces altogether ...

... And there was about 2 ounces of this Bernat Softee yarn in white.

At the same store, my husband found another $10 box of yarn. Check out what all was in this one:

Lots and lots of cotton dischloth yarn, for starters! Those big cones are the ones that go for $12.99 (16 ozs) at Hobby Lobby. (Wal-Mart has them in 14-oz cones for $7.99.) There was also some teeny, tiny crochet cotton and some Knit Cro-Sheen, Omega Baby Crochet yarn in Christmas variegated colors, as well as ...

25 ounces of this unlabeled blue-black chenille yarn. See how big the cone is compared to the 1-lb cotton cone?

It's a DK-weight yarn, so there are lots of possibilities for this one.

At another Goodwill, I got 5 skeins of Lion Brand Tweed Stripes for $5:

And at yet another Goodwill, I got three skeins of vintage washable 100% wool with a nice feel to it:

I think I now have enough yarn to last me about two years ... hence all the knitting projects you're seeing. :)

Have you found anything awesome at the thrift store lately? I'd love to hear about it!


Julia said...

Looks like you hit some bargains!

Shoregirl said...

With your stock of craft supplies you should be set for 20 years or so! (smile)
Happy Knitting!

jemilyea said...

This is amazing! I'm so glad you've been able to find all this at thrift stores. Do you wash all the unraveled yarn from sweaters before winding it?

Christa said...

Yes, I do wash it, but I wash it after I've unraveled the sweaters and wound them into a hank with a DIY swift.

Since they are mostly animal fibers that could felt, I put them in very hot water (helps to get the kinks out) with a few drops of mild shampoo. (No agitating, or they *will* felt into a huge rope.) I let them soak for about an hour, rinse them in equally-hot water, then get out as much water as I can and let them hang to dry.

Once they're dry, I like to wind them into the yarn balls (or cakes) before storing them. HTH!