Chenille, Chenille, Chenille!

Because I enjoy incorporating fun textural yarns into the kids’ afghans I crochet for charity, I was very happy to find these three pretty-colored chenille sweaters when I recently visited Sal’s.

Luckily, green just happened to be the half-off tag color on that day, so they were only $2.00 a piece! After weighing the pile of sweaters, two and a half pounds, and allowing about 10% for waste during unraveling, I figure my chenille yarn cost me only $2.75 per pound. Yay!

I can hear you thinking, “But you still have to unravel those sweaters before you have any yarn.” What you don’t know is that if I take apart a sweater and start unraveling each piece, my DH will quickly turn these…

into these, while he watches TV or a dvd.

Now you know why I’m more than happy to knit him as many pairs of fingerless mitts and cowls as he wants! lol.

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2 Responses to Chenille, Chenille, Chenille!

  1. Lora says:

    Linda, now you have done it! I’m going to have to start looking for my yarn at our local thrift store via sweaters. Being on a tight budget, it has to be cheaper that running to Wally World and paying $3 plus for 8 ounces. Thank you again for inspiring me and so many others. 😉

    • I hope you bring home a bagful! But be careful – it’s a cheap, addictive, way to grow your stash. I often find luscious luxury fibers in sweater-form too!

      If this is your first time to buy commercial sweaters for their yarn, the Thrifty Knitters group in Ravelry has a wonderfully helpful resource page, “How to recycle/harvest yarn”

      It’s heartbreaking to discover you bought a beautiful sweater that can’t be unraveled. sigh. Still happens to me once in a while when I forget to look before I buy. Luckily, some thrift stores allow timely exchanges. 🙂

      I look forward to hearing about your first sweater/yarn haul!

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