Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Heppy Renewed Year

As we prepare to welcome a brand new year, we tend to reflect on the year we had and look forward to the year to come. There are those who celebrate this time to start anew: "Out with the old, in with the new."

I'm devoting the last day of this year to do just that...of sorts. I am in the process of converting old t-shirts into yarn.

I had the idea to make some t-shirt yarn for some time, but I haven't really made the effort to try until now.

After a helpful tip of a Goodwill that sells clothing by the pound in Long Beach, I figured getting a big bunch of test shirts and make a lot of yarn, so I grabbed my roommate and called up a local friend and went on a little field trip and found the "Last Chance" warehouse behind a proper Goodwill store.

After a lot of digging through piles and piles of sometimes very smelly clothes, I managed to get a sizable pile with which to work, and for $1.99 a pound, I (think I) got a pretty good deal.

After a good washing, I tried a few methods to cut the yarn, and found the spiral cut method works the best for me, particularly in getting most out of the shirt.

So now I have this little pile that I can power through and make some yarn.

We'll see if I can salvage these last chance finds and make good with their new purpose...once I figure out what to make with all that I've got. One of my resolutions is to try to make more handmade things, and another to be a little greener; take up more sustainable practices. Doing this kills two birds with one stone, so we'll see how this goes!




  1. I'm really looking forward to this! Do you have anything in mind off the bat you plan to reinyarnate?

  2. I am too! I've managed to make about a dozen balls (cut up 12 shirts) so far, and I'm about 1/3 of the way through my stash!

    I figure my first big project will be a grocery bag, and I'll probably figure out a pattern for what catalyzed my doing this in the first place...making reusable coffee cup sleeves (the first seed planted by Puka a bit back).

    Reinyarnate...Frank, you are a genius and that's why I don't hang out with you IRL. Standing next to you makes me feel like a dum-dum.

  3. The word itself is a virgin of Google! It won't be for long.

  4. If it doesn't exist in Google, you know it doesn't exist IN THE WORLD...until here.

    Wow. This blog is important all of a sudden.

    Aside, I watched two completely different movies yesterday and your mention of virgin is making me laugh a lot.