Reclaimed Cotton Yarn: Wine

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Wine yarn, 100% cotton, fingering weight, 200 yds. a skein.

I'm not quite sure what's up with this yarn, the tag on the sweater very clearly stated that it was 100% cotton, but it looks just like silk. The whole time I was spinning it up, I kept going back to that tag, making sure I hadn't made a mistake. It still feels like cotton though, which helped me a lot in excepting it's true heritage. Maybe it has something to do with the kind of cotton, I have no idea.

Crayola Crayon Code: Nothing exact, the closest is Maroon, but with just a bit more blush.

The process I use to prepare my reclaimed yarn is rather lengthy. First,
I pick the clothing I want to use. I make sure the item is in good shape, not worn, damaged, or stained, and it's made in a way that each face of the fabric, (front, back, and the sleeves,) will unravel in one continuous strand. I also check the materials, to make sure it's made of 100% all natural fiber (no synthetics).

Once I'm satisfied with the merits of any particular piece of clothing, I take it home and remove all the seams, so I have just flat pieces of cloth. I then run them all through the washing machine with a mix of vinegar and liquid detergent. Depending on the material, I'll just toss it in the dryer, or if it's delicate (like silk or wool) I'll let it air dry.

Next comes the actual unraveling part. I usually use my spinning wheel for this. I pick my clothing for material and color, not for the weight of the yarn, so often I find myself working with some very thin strands. Anything too thin, I ply with itself until I get a weight that I can work with easily. Once the yarn is finished, I rinse it throughly, set the twist, and hang it up to dry. Sometimes I weight it, sometimes I don't, depending on how tight the twist is, or if there is no twist, how much kink is left from unraveling it. Once everything is dried, I twist it all into hanks.

Whenever I finish reclaiming a batch of yarn, I always take a skien or two for my own use. I don't process anything unless it's something I would want myself, but by the nature of my projects, I never need more than a couple of skeins of any given color. The amount of yarn you get from most articles of clothing is more than I would ever know what to do with.

All that's left for you to do is to make this yarn into something beautiful.

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