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Discussion in 'Personal' started by nizebaby, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    When I was young, my grandmorher ans aunt used to trawl through jumble sales for woolwn knitted clothes. They took them home, washed them and then used my arms to turn them into usable balls.

    Most of the lovely cardies and jumpers I wore as a child were made from recycled wool.
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  2. jellycowfish

    jellycowfish Occasional commenter

    I used to do this, too. Though I don’t think I went to the high class jumble sales as the wool choices were not very inspiring :(
  3. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    When I was working, I went with a group of like minded people to the Knitting and Stitching shows at Ally Pally and Olympia. You could buy packages of yarn much more cheaply. Which is why I now have a massive five drawer chest and the tops of two double wardrobes filled with it. Unfortunately, it hasn’t really stopped me buying more.
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  4. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    I do mean actual wool, not man-made alteratives.
  5. susanrk

    susanrk Occasional commenter

    I remember my mum recycling in this way too and using my arms. Happy times.
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  6. bevdex

    bevdex Star commenter

    And the wool always ended up crinkly after it had been unravelled
  7. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Really? I had some lovely uncrinkly jumpers. Re-using wool was the norm back then.
  8. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    My mum wasn't a keen knitter. I remember being quite small, 6 or 7 and she started knitting me a jumper, a couple of years later when it was finished I had grown out of it.
  9. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    A man went to the Antiques Roadshow, broadcast last night, with the objects that his father crafted as a prisoner of war in Germany over a nearly 6 year period. They were mainly objects that he carved but one was a jumper that he knitted by salvaging the wool from socks and other items. He made wooden knitting needles and taught himself to knit. He then wore the jumper in the camp and for years afterwards when doing gardening etc. It was still in one piece.
  10. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    The re-knitted garment would not be crinkly. The unravelled wool would still hold the curves of the loops that it had been held in for some time though, until pulled into new shapes .
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  11. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    I've just received a parcel of 'wool' that I intend to start using tonight to make cowls, with a Celtic knit detail, for presents.
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  12. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Jubilee, is it not really wool?
  13. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    My mother had (and frequently used) one of these.


    Blowed if I can remember wearing anything produced by it, though.
  14. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Merino, bamboo, silk, alpaca.
  15. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    It is a shame that the market for wool used in clothing is so reduced. Thw sheep industry is very important here in Wales producing some very fine lamb that is yummy and grass fed and overwinters pretty much on the hills (veggies look away), but the fleeces are worth FA. All wool clothes I have bought are very difficult to keep nice, they seem to go baggy when washed. My mother and one granny were knitters.
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  16. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    My mother had four of them. All different and for different purposes. The last one she bought was computer-controlled and motor-driven.

    Regarding the business of unpicking jumpers and holding the skeins on outstretched arms while the wool was wound into balls, she bought herself one of these.


    I made a device to go with it to hold the skeins, as a school woodwork project.

    By the time she died, her family comprised her 5 children, 5 daughters in law and 11 grandchilren, each of which she made a jumper as a birthday present and another as a christmas present.

    Occasionally she'd knit something for herself or her husband as well.
  17. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Crumbs!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one :oops:

    We are preparing to move house and I was gobsmacked by the amount of balls of wool I found this morning. :oops:
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  18. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    If you ever want to get rid of wool, throw it my way.
    When I can get enough wool I knit blankets, hats, etc for assorted charities, but it's hard to get cheap / free wool, even scraps.
  19. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    It's 100% Acrylic but feels like wool
  20. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    @Dragonlady30, when we moved, there were six enormous bin bags that I filled with yarn.
    I knit for the local hospital. There are currently four pram blankets, four hats and three cardigans ready to go. Some of it is sold in their shop. It doesn’t seem to diminish though, because I keep seeing other stuff I like.

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