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Scrappy balls

Scrappy balls

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!

Recycled saris

Recycled saris

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.

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  1. Oh my word, the colors are fantastic!!!! What a wonderful thing to do. I’m so excited to see the outcome.

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  2. Oooooh! Gorgeousness!! I’m visiting your link immediately! Also, I am not at all surprised the hat got snapped up – well done you, it’s a winner!

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  3. Those jewel colours, and no doubt the gorgeous texture, of that reclaimed silk fibre yarn is screen lick inducingly amazing. I am off to drool at the site 🙂

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  4. What a pity my climate is not conducive to hat wearing, because that sari-yarn is just fabulous….

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  5. I’ve got a ball of yarn scraps, which is around 8″ tall so far, which I’ve been adding to for the last year. I’m planning on using it to make a corner-to-corner scrap blanket once I’ve saved up enough scraps to do so as I, too, hate to waste even the shorter scraps of yarn! 🙂

    I, bought some of the recycled sari silk a couple of years ago, and it really is gorgeous – I envy whoever gets to purchase your’s 🙂

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  6. Wow. amazing colors. can’t wait to see the next hats!

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  7. a real feel good post!

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  8. Those colors just make me so happy! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  9. Amazing! I’m so impressed by your resourcefulness, and I’m now seeing the bag of yarn scraps I keep as a potential new pair of mittens! The sari yarn is beautiful too. Happy knitting!

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  10. What a fun project! I can’t wait to see the next hat.

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