Monday, September 16, 2013
Yesterday I told you about my fabulous garage sale find - a cashmere sweater done in a hand-knitting weight yarn. And, I told you that it's a pretty rare sight, as most cashmere sweaters are machine knit with super fine yarn. So, when I see one, I snatch it up. I figure it's worth a little of my time and effort to make my own cashmere yarn.
After a bath and a dry, I rip out the seams. I use a chunky seam ripper, and make no effort to save the seaming yarn. In the case of this sweater, the yarn used to sew it together was much thinner and not 100% cashmere. That's not surprising, since cashmere isn't strong. You do need to be careful to snip only the seams, but I did cut the body yarn - twice.
When I was done, I had two balls of worsted weight cashmere yarn. 131 grams to be exact. And what's the price of that on the open market? Jade Sapphire Brigadoon is a worsted weight 4-ply cashmere that sells at Webs for $47 for a 50 g ball. (And I think that's pretty cheap!) At that price, my two balls are worth $123. Not bad for a $3 garage sale sweater purchase and less than two hours of my time. (And most of that was in front of the TV!)
Obviously, I haven't knit this up yet, but here's a photo of my design, Double-Dealing, a reversible cabled scarf, done in pale blue yarn up-cycled from a thrift store sweater:
The scarf pattern is available for sale as an electronic download on Ravelry.
Posted by About Woolly Wits at 8:59 PM