Recycle Your Yarn save the planet

You found this wonderful second hand hank of yarn at a yard sale, ripped out an old second hand sweater for yarn or just frogged a beanie you knitted and never wore? Any and all of these? Never the less, you need to get that curly noodle yarn to behave and be pretty! Here's the how to for that. Plus recycling yarn is good for the environment!

Upcycle Your Yarn Save the planet!

Meet the Encounters Hat!

A perfectly warm, quirky and beautiful beanie that never got worn because of my intolerance of wool on my face. 

The yarn is lovely Pohjan Akka, 100% woll and hand dyed by Louhittaren Luola

This yarn is wonderful, the colors are bright and the weight is just perfect for me! I kinda wanted to use it to something new!

I carefully started to rip open the hat and “swifted” it around an upside down coffee table! This Ikea 5$ table is perfect for swifting if you don’t have a Yarn Swift 

When swifting your yarn

like this, there is a couple things you should do to make your life easier in the end.

  1. Tie the end of the yarn around the foot of the table.
  2. When you’re about half way through swifting, take a stump of yarn and tie it around all the swifted yarn, close to the beginning knot. Leave the ends hanging and push the swifted strands downwards before you continue with the second half of the yarn.
  3. When you have swifted all the yarn, tie the ends of the stump around the second half of the yarn.

Open the knot from the beginning and carefully slide the yarn of off the table feet. 

The look of the yarn at this point is horrendous! Like the worst noodle yarn EVER! We don’t want that!

Solution! Warm bath. For the yarn! 

Put the hank in a bucket, pour some lukewarm water over it, squeeze tha yarn carefully under the water to get the water between every fiber. 

Be extra careful when working with wool, warm water and vigorous squishing will felt the yarn, we don’t want that! At least for now we don’t… maybe in another project, but not now!

Leave the yarn in the water over night.

Next day, remove the yarn from the water. Try to squeeze out as much water as you can! 

Find the tied knots on the hank and use that to open the hank and untangle it. Tag the hank from both ends, use a good force to get the last of the noodle effect out of it.

Hang the hank to dry preferably in a warm place where dripping water is not going to cause trouble, for example the balcony or bathroom!

When the yarn is completely dried just twine the yarn into a hank and you’re done!

Now you have this beautiful hank of fresh yarn, a blank canvas! Pick up your needles or hook and let your imagination fly! 


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Upcycling yarn is good for the environment and your soul. Working with yarn is often compared to yoga and mindfulness

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