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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
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 Monica from Cortez, CO
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!
When he brought up the subject, I got an idea. I approached the manager of the thrift store and asked whether I could buy the odd lots at a reduced price. They wouldn't have to discard it, and I could sort through it to my heart's content. She said she would sell it to me for $6.00 for a large garbage bag full, or $3.00 for a smaller, white garbage bag full. She really stuffs those bags! I have bought as much as ten pounds of yarn in one bag. Most of these skeins are odd ones, but from time to time I get the same colors over and over again. Right now I have eight almost full skeins of black, and five of burgundy.
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 Old outdated sweaters of your own or thriftstore finds are a great source for reclaimed yarn.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.
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.