Sometimes you wonder where an idea comes from, and then you wonder why you had to try to and make it work. This is one of those stories.
I have a ton of wool scraps from knitting projects. Short little pieces of yarn that I saw no point in throwing out. As the pieces accumulated I started to realize I really need to find a use for them. Some how I came up with the idea of re-spinning them. Perhaps a crazy idea, but I thought it was worth a go.
I started by separating the scraps into single strands. My two youngest were helpers with this.
Not having proper carders, or willing to make an investment for such a crazy experiment, we picked up two grooming brushes from the dollar store to help break down the wool. Two dollars was the right amount of investment for the project.
My daughter loved working on the yarn; she likes helping with everything.
The yarn scraps started to look kind of like fleece, so we continued.
At first we were “carding” all the colors together, and then we thought it would be nicer to have definite colors.
Then came the tricky part, spinning. I am a newby to spinning, very unexperienced, but I gave it a try. Some of the fibers were very short creating quite the challenge. It was VERY slow going, but it did resemble something like yarn. We’ll call it “art yarn”. I am thinking that perhaps we don’t need to break down the scraps as much and it still might spin. It appears the experiment will continue, an interesting recycling project.
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6 thoughts on “Spinning Scraps”
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I think this is brilliant Deb, like yarn from recycled saris, having never done any spinning I really admire your trying and well done for succeeding, the yarn looks nice, Frances
You should try drop spindle spinning. My spindle was only $25 CAD. I find it really repetitive (in a good way) and relaxing.
Great idea! I’ve never spun before but I have a whole grocery bag full of hemp fiber scrap from my macrame projects. I’ll have to look more into spinning cause this is just too inspiring not to! Thanks for sharing!
The Turkish spindle I use was very inexpensive and quite easy to use.
Amazing! Thanks for the information. =)
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