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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will deconstruct an old sweater and unravel it into yarn for other projects.  

Related Article:
- New yarn from old sweaters

Related Video:
Recycling old sweaters into yarn! | Mirith


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Deconstructing one adult-sized sweater and unravelling it to harvest the yarn.


To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
 - The sweater before
 - The sweater during deconstruction and unravelling
 - Your harvested balls or skeins of yarn from the sweater
 - show that the yarn is 100% natural material (either with the label or using a burn test)
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My earlier unravel projects were already done before this BB existed (and much of that yarn is knitted now into garments I wear, washclothes a.a). But now I have another 'sweater' (in fact it's a sort of poncho, but I think it will count too) to unravel. Not the easiest project, because this one is made of a mohair blend (very hairy 'sticky') yarn.
To be continued
 
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Maybe this will count as a BB ... maybe it won't.
I forgot to take a photo of the thing before I started unraveling. It was a small 'poncho' with a large 'col' (wide turtleneck), not a real sweater.
It had the shape of a large rectangle, folded double, with the 'col' in one corner. There were seems that I had to cut (not the kind of seems you can unravel). That gave me a pile of short ends of yarn (still usable), but a large part could be unraveled and made into two large balls of yarn.
I thought the mohairy yarn could give me problems, but it went fairly easy.


This is the material  


The 'col' is cut off and I started the unraveling


I finished unraveling the part with the shorter ends of yarn and started making two balls (it was knitted in alternating rows).


Everything is unraveled.
I started knitting a shawl now ... but that's a different BB.
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Glenn Herbert approved this submission.

 
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Knitted a shawl out of the unraveled mohair-wool, combined with a handpainted speckled merino wool.
I know this isn't part of the BB, just like to show it:

 
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Here is my submission for the Textile - Straw - Unravel an Old Sweater for Yarn BB.

I found a purple sweater at a thrift shop and it had two blocks on the front with acrylic/metallic threads in the yarn but the bulk of the sweater was (likely) pure cotton which I eventually confirmed with a burn test.  The photos below show my harvest.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- The sweater before
- The sweater during deconstruction and unraveling
- Your harvested balls or skeins of yarn from the sweater

the sweater


most of the seams removed


ripping the stitches and winding onto a skein winder


Action!


Finished!


Harvest


an 18-ounce skein of purple - cotton
a small ball of white pencil roving and one strand of purple
a smaller ball of purple bouclé
a section of knit fabric of cotton/acrylic/metallic that was not harvested
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Leigh Tate approved this submission.
Note: Good idea to use the skein winder!

 
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I added "- show that the yarn is 100% natural material (either with the label or using a burn test) " to the badge.

Any submissions above this post go by the old criteria.  
 
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I unknitted a cotton sweater! Each sleeve became a ball and the front left and right became 2 more.... the largest ball was from the back.
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100% cotton
100% cotton
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the sweater fully knitted. - thought i had a better picture than this....
the sweater fully knitted. - thought i had a better picture than this....
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inprocess
inprocess
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5 gorgeous balls of bold red cotton!
5 gorgeous balls of bold red cotton!
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden approved this submission.

 
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