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FW, it's pretty easy (usually) if you have a yarn winder. A lot of times I can just hold the knitted piece in my left hand and turn the winder with my right hand and it just takes a few minutes per piece to unravel it all right onto the winder.

I've been avoiding the GW sweaters lately because I have too much yarn as it is. Including reclaimed silk and cashmere!
 

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Thanks for posting, I'm going to look into this, could save me some money on yard!
 

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i've done this before. it's a lot of work and takes a bit to recognize a 'good' sweater for unwinding.

i wish i had a yarn winder. right now i just use dh as my winder.
 

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Yes, a winder makes the process go much faster.

I'd been half-heartedly trying frogging sweaters once or twice a year for a while now. I probably ruined 4 or 5 thrifted sweaters in the process.

Now, though, I seem to have caught on. Or I've had a good run of froggable sweaters.
 

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I was thinking I would like to try this. I am going to start with a pair of knee high socks. The feet are worn out, but the legs have a lot of useable material on them. It should be an easier thing because there are not any seems.

I am really into recycled crafting. When I did sewing with recycled materials it was easy to find materials. I just used my old clothes (or clothes family members did not want anymore). With crochet it is harder. I have made t-shirt yarn but that is very thick and does not crochet up soft. It is good for making bowls and baskets but not really good for wearables.

Is anyone here still doing unraveling?

I joined the ravelry group too.
 

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I haven't done anything with it lately, because I have what I want in my stash for the time being. I've been fighting the urge lately though. Maybe I'll see what I can find this winter for cheap. I try not to buy anything that's not half price.

Some people cringe at this idea, but I wind all the yarn including the short pieces at the tops of the sleeves. I just tie the ends together when I reach the cuts. The knots aren't very noticeable with fine yarn, and even with heavier yarn I'm not that fussy. But most of what I do is utilitarian stuff anyway so it doesn't matter if it's not perfect. But IMO it's a waste to just trash that yarn.
 

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I have started the process of unraveling a pair of socks.

I am almost do with the unraveling part. The next step is to wash them and hand them with a little weight to get the kinks out.

After that I roll them into balls. I am thinking of holding two thread together when I wind into a ball. Right now they are about as thick as crochet thread.
 

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I've bought several bags of reclaimed cashmere and silk on etsy and ebay. It hasn't always been very cheap. So if you get the sweaters at good prices and have the time, it could also be a way to make some money. Here are some examples: recycled cashmere yarn | eBay
 
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