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To save money on small knitting or crochet projects, purchase small crocheted or knitted throws from the thrift stores or yard sales. Launder the yarn items and allow to dry. Once they are dry, you can proceed to "reclaim" the yarn by unraveling the pieces carefully and winding the yarn into balls.
I purchased some items made from specialty yarn today for $.50 each and am very pleased with my savings. I plan to make socks from some of my new "stash". This can also be done with old sweaters, etc. you might already have on hand.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Yahoo to you! I do this all the time with mufflers, afghans, pot holders and more. I can buy a muffler for .50 like yours and remake it into flowers, hot pads, pin cushions, pillow tops and too many more to count! Thanks for bringing it to light!
Another great idea is to buy the unrolled skeins from thrift shops, too. I just bought 2 bags of crochet thread that had 18 balls in it for just .5 cents each. That's right, just .5 cents, so each ball was less than .01!
Do you like to knit or crochet? Yarn can be quite expensive and you can't always hit the sales.
Did you know you can find bags of yarn at some thrift stores? I often find big bags of yarn for very little money. I also find unused, unopened craft supplies like embroidery sets, etc.
Collect yarn this way and make pretty holiday gifts over the summer.
By Gooby from Straughn, IN
Some of us can never get enough yarn. I enjoy knitting or crocheting in the evening. But if I bought all I wanted, I'd be in trouble. There's no room in my budget for more than a skein or two per month. Nice, but no blue ribbon. Fortunately I have a friend who enjoys dumpster diving. He was checking out the dumpster behind the thrift store and discovered that they were throwing away lots of yarn because it was not in complete skeins, was a trifle dirty, etc. He wanted to take it for me, but he hates it when they come out the back door and try to chase him off!
I also do the same. I buy a lot at yard sales, etc. I rarely find any at thrift shops, though. I have tons of yarn already, but I just can't resist "adopting" more and giving it a good home.
This is a guide about recycle yarn from old sweaters. Old outdated sweaters of your own or thriftstore finds are a great source for reclaimed yarn.
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I was wondering if you could help me. I am in the process of teaching children to knit and crochet, thanks to my loving son. We have asked the parents to donate a ball of wool or a pair of needles, but not a thing has come in so I bought all the needles and hooks myself. It has really cost a lot of money and I was wondering if anyone knew anywhere I can buy bulk yarn cheaply? I just can't afford to buy the wool and I so want to do this. Thank you.
Have you tried Craigslist or Freecycle? Sometimes people have stuff they'd like to donate or just get out of their house, and if you write a nice ad about why you need it they will give it to you. Craigslist and Freecycle are free to use, and fairly easy as well.
I wish you the best in this worthy undertaking!
**If you have never done this before---please meet them in a very public place, like a mall or public library**
Check the thrift stores for knitted and crocheted sweaters, afghans, etc. Unravel them, wrap the yarn around a jar or something similar and wet the yarn. Then let it dry and that should take out most of the kinks from the stitches.
Check with your church. I have several ladies that give me the "left overs" to make things with that I end up giving away! Other places you would have to pay for (more than likely) are the salvation Army Store or any second hand store or even yard sales. If you don't see it, ask. Sometimes the ladies don't put it out as they think no one will want it!
Thrift shops often have yarn and needles
Yes, thrift shops and church sales are especially great, but I would advise you to think up some projects using recycled materials in the future, if the parents won't participate in offsetting your expenses. They might not have the time, money or interest. I'm not sure what but you can't pay for every idea either!
There are so many fun ideas with recycled materials now online too, including our own ThriftyFun!
I unraveled a half-finished sweater and used that off-white yarn and some leftover pink and ribbon yarn to make a toilet seat cover and bathmat for my guest bath. I used a log cabin pattern from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book.