Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Yarn Fishing

Yarn Fishing
Originally uploaded by Disentangled.
I decided to be crazy and actually follow the recommendations for reclaiming crinkled, curly yarn. Since I now have 4 nice balls of raman yarn, I thought that I should take the time and fix this yarn up right before I re-work it into my Kyoto. I realized when I used a bit of the frogged sleeve yarn for my re-back, that the Tahki Cotton Classics tends to separate. It separated so much that the bit of yarn that had been part of my sleeve actually created a line you can see across the back. I'm sure to the casual observer it is virtually unnoticeable and I think it will work itself together with wear and time, but I sure see it. After all the effort to get Starry Night the right size, the last thing I need is a front panel or half a sleeve that looks jacked up compared to the rest of the knitting.

So, last night I worked my balls into hanks, dunked them and are now drying them. I following the instructions in the Stitch 'n Bitch book and the results have already been remarkable. As soon as all the fibers were wet, the crinkles came out! The best part is that the whole process only took about 10 minutes. I'm glad I did it and now I won't be worrying about what this yarn is going to do or not do.

I think my favorite part of this process is the drying contraption I put together. I hung the sides of three hangers off the belt loop of a fourth. Then I draped the hanks over the sideways hanger loops of the three hangers and stuck cans in the hanks to weight them down. It reminds me of some kind of fishing hooks with the hanks being the fish. What's funny is that I used cans of tuna for the weights. Whirly - you should totally do this - maybe not the fishing, but at least the straightening :-)


Nasus said...

Wow... it definitely benefits humanity that you use your creative juices for the good! :)

Nonnahs said...

Okay, I know we've been contemplating this possibility for a while. I was going to try to knit with the frogged ramen yarn and see what happened, but knowing that you ventured forth and this reclaiming method works, I suppose I will do it too. This Kyoto business is just chock full of learning experiences- one right after another!