ReStitch T-shirt Yarn
With knobs–knobs are created when the yarn is cut from a shirt with side seams. They add texture and character to the yarn and, according to the Urban Dictionary and Georgia Nicolson (main character of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, of course) with knobs means, “amazingly cool–in addition to other admirable traits.” So “super chunk with knobs” is almost beyond cool.
Flat–flat yarn happens with certain t-shirt weaves and the result is no curl or spin of the yarn.
Paint dobs–If we couldn’t use T-shirts with paint on them, we’d be out of bidness. Paint generally doesn’t roll well but this is a bonus because it makes the paint stand out a bit. It gives hints of color and texture, usually at the beginning of a ball. I make it a point to roll the ball so the paint is visible.
Hand dyed–Due to the plethora of white/grey/tan T-shirts out there, hand dying is necessary. I currently use Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion MX dyes which doesn’t seem to be too bad for our Momma Earth, but still. I feel a little guilty about it and so will be experimenting this summer with making natural dyes from what I can grow in my garden.
ReStitch A Beautiful Mesh Yarn
A Beautiful Mesh is yarn made from orange mesh bags–the kind your oranges come in. This material is just right for home cleaning–the stove, dirty dishes, the toilet, you know, all that unpleasant stuff. For me, Eco-crafting my cleaning products somehow makes the job a little more satisfying. Try making a Wishy Washy (or just one end of it) from this yarn and wash with it until your crafty heart is content.