Mr Snail and I spent a productive hour last night tying yarn scraps together and winding them into balls because, it turns out, I did have some more. I simply needed to look in a few more drawers to turn up several bags of yarn ends, collected to use for stuffing. The result is enough reconstituted yarn to make two or three more hats. This is good, because I’d sold the last one in less than 24 hours and I would like one to take to the International Permaculture Convergence (especially since several other people also expressed an interest in buying the last one). Anyway, I now have two gauges of yarn to work with and more surprising hats to come!
I’m not alone, however, in using scraps to create new and interesting yarn. As I wound my ball, I remembered the recycled sari silk yarn that I had tucked away. I’ve had this lovely yarn for ages. Mine is from a company called Mango Moon, and they describe it as follows: Gorgeous, glowing jewel-toned recycled silk, handspun in Nepal. Your purchase helps the Nepalese women who spin this beautiful yarn provide safe shelter, education, and health care for themselves and their children. No two skeins are alike.
It is made from remnants of silk from weaving mills and from old silk saris. These are shredded and re-spun by hand. I really don’t think that the photos do its jewel-bright colours justice. Anyway, I’ve decided to share the loveliness and make some hats from this yarn too, thus helping to support the ladies who produce this gorgeousness.