Reclaiming yarn

Well, this is more like ripping out a project that was started years ago and will never see completion.  The original notes are long gone.  Plus I don’t think I have it in me to knit the second (boring, boring, BORING) sock even if I did find the notes.

This 413-yard ball of yarn is Plymouth Italian Collection Sockotta and is comprised of 45% cotton, 40% superwash wool, and 15% nylon.  That’s plenty for a different pair of socks, mitts, gloves or a shawl.  I thought about overdying it but I do like the neutral colors that would work for anyone.

In my opinion, kinky yarn presents challenges when knitting (or crocheting).

So I wound the raveled yarn around my homemade PVC pipe knitty-noddy,gave it a good dousing under the shower, and hung it up to dry.

Ready for knitting…

Dealing with kinky

…kinky yarn that is.

This scarf has been in my UFO (unfinished objects) pile since October 2011.  That’s right, almost seven years.  The plan was to wear a bright color between my leather motorcycle jacket and helmet.

I love the colors.  I like the pattern.  I like the Linen Stitch.

Just not going to finish it.

Yarn gets kinky when unraveled, especially when it’s been knitted or crocheted for a long time.  To get the kinks out of the yarn, Mr. Aitch unraveled the scarf while I wrapped it around my (homemade) Knitty Noddy.  (Make your own here.)  The yarn was taut enough (though not too tight) on the Knitty Noddy so I left it on there, sprayed the yarn with some cool water and hung it on a towel rack to dry overnight*.

When all was dry, I took the yarn off the Knitty Noddy and saw that most of it was straight.  Only a little was still kinky but it was good enough.  I think those parts were on the loop end and didn’t get wet enough.

Mr. Aitch was busy and I was impatient so I “tried” to wind the yarn into a ball by myself.  Oops!  Made a knotty mess.

It’s almost like getting free yarn!  Now I need to figure out a project that uses 285 yards or less of DK weight yarn and isn’t a hat.

How do you get the kinks out of unraveled/reused/recycled yarn or do you just knit with it all kinky and such?

*This Knitty Noddy is made from PVC pipe so it’s ok to get it wet.  Not sure if leaving the wet/damp yarn on a wooden one would be a good idea.