I made this post originally as part of a regular post but have been asked to separate it out, so decided to create a menu button for tutorials – I hope I manage more than this one, I don’t like the idea of being a one trick pony! [later edit: I’ve had to delete the button because it just copied everything in – I will investigate and replace it when I’ve worked out how to use WordPress!!].
This is an example of what I am often faced with when I pull down a knitted garment – very curly wool!
This works really well for any sort of yarn, even wool salvaged from commercially made knitwear. If you are going to salvage wool from commercially made knitwear there is a fantastic tutorial at http://dawnprickett.blogspot.com.au/2008/01/recycling-sweaters-for-yarn.html, although I prefer my method to Dawn’s for straightening the yarn.
If you try it, can you please let me know how you go, especially if you have tried the other methods? Happy frogging.
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Thanks for the great tip! I hardly ever pull apart knitting but I’ll keep this mind for if I ever have to 🙂
This method is amazing! I read all the others and they seemed so complicated and involved. When I read yours, I didn’t think something so simple could work, but it did!! I had to frog the beginnings of a sweater using Cascade 220 Superwash.
I filled the water gallons with very hot water, wrapped the yarn, put a warm dish towel (threw it in the dryer while I was wrapping) around the container and the next morning, my yarn looked like new!!!
I had to use 3 jugs- I had that much yarn. But, each one was perfect!!
Thank you so much! I will tell everyone I know about this method.
thank you Susan, I’m glad it was useful!
i am going go try this as i have an old jersey which i love and i have to undo and reknit
Good luck, it’s worked well for me!
THIS REALLY DOES WORK. BRILLIANT. MANY THANKS
Brilliant. Too easy and no fuss. Worked beautifully.
Thanks. Have no hesitation in purchasing rewound wool in the future.
Thanks Michelle. I mostly use it for when I knit something but then don’t like it. It’s a really sustainable solution to the problem!
Thanks for the tip. It has been very successful and much better than the alternative methods I read about. I used a 2 litre sparkling water bottle and it withstood the hot water without any problem.
I am so pleased Erica, curly wool is such a pain!
Who ever would have thought of this? Not I but I’m getting ready to frog a sweater and will try it out. Thank you so much!
I hope it works out for you Jeanne!
Life changing. I’m too lazy to buy wool wash let alone soak, press (not wring!), and wait. I love the logic and creativity of your solution. I had a bit of extra special sock yarn and it worked wonders. Couldn’t be happier!
That is so lovely to hear! I’m also lazy and the idea of winding into skeins and then hanging weights on them to dry just doesn’t interest me!
That’s so good to hear! I’m also too lazy to do it any other way!