HNW - recycling

Daniel Thompson danielt at gte.net
Wed Sep 16 18:00:29 PDT 1998


Hi,

Off-topic request. Kayta, are you the Mistress Kayta that knew Guineth and
Roger in the West 15 years ago?

Please respond.

Regards,

Roger of Belden Abbey

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> From: owner-h-needlework at Ansteorra.ORG
> [mailto:owner-h-needlework at Ansteorra.ORG]On Behalf Of Carolyn Kayta
> Barrows
> Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 1998 1:18 PM
> To: H-Needlework at Ansteorra.ORG
> Subject: Re: HNW - recycling
>
>
>
> ><< Aside from parfilage (the practice of picking apart gold thread from
> > fabric, whether knitted, woven or embroidered), which was quite a fad in
> > the eighteenth century amongst the wealthy, I've never seen any
> evidence of
> > items being unravelled and reknitted. There are probably several reasons
> > for this--
> . . . . .
> >I would suspect that just from a practical standpoint, garments which
> >were unraveled for their yarn to be made into a new garment were garments
> >which were showing wear.  I can see this as being a far greater
> motivation
> >than simply wanting to knit and wear something more fashionable.
>  Why would
> >anyone unravel a perfectly good garment?  Conversely, why toss the yarn
> from a
> >garment which still has useable portions?  Practicality would be my
> >motivation.
>
> I often unravel sweaters I find at the thrift stores, which I buy just for
> the yarn, because that's the only way to get novelty yarn in acrylic.  $4
> for a sweater beats $8/50gr. for dry-clean only novelty wool yarn.  I get
> some really interesting yarn this way.
>
> Sweaters from Hong Kong and Korea are likely to be cut out of knitted
> fabric, and only unravelable into short lengths.  Sweaters from Singapore
> and Taiwan are more likely to be knitted in pieces, and unravelable into
> large balls.
>
> Sometimes the yarn is two strands, and separable into two kinds of yarn.
> Sometimes I don't unravel the ribbing, so I can use it for a crochet
> sweater from the same yarn (I don't like to knit ribbing).  Fuzzy acrylic
> sweaters  sometimes get felted, and are hard to unravel.
>
>
>
>
> Kayta
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