I love my Finish or Frog It group on Ravelry. We support each other to either finish a project or even to frog it. If you're new to knitting, frogging a project is when you rip it out (rip it, rippit, ribbit...) thus "frogging" it. I haven't actually frogged anything in a very long time. But since 2016 is the Year of the Purge, I spent Tuesday cleaning up my Knit Nook a bit. I found a wayward chemo hat from 2004 that was still unfinished, still ugly, still not working and still on the needles. It was such a pretty red yarn that I always thought I would finish it. I was about to throw it away (because sometimes that is the answer) when I saw the yarn label. It was the very same as the last two Rikke Hats I made in teal blue. I immediately knew I had to salvage the yarn. So I began to rip it out.
Duke and Otis helped me frog this old seed stitch hat project that was doomed from the start. Sorry. I love red - but you know it doesn't photograph well.
After I carefully frogged the project and wound the yarn around the backs of two chairs, I used a natural cotton to tie the hank together in 4 separate places to keep it together. Duke was intensely curious about this.
"Mama - it looks like Ramen noodles, but it doesn't smell like food."
Two skeins, side-by-side, ready to be soaked and straightened so the yarn can be repurposed and knit into a new hat.
It always looks like too much gentle detergent - but the suds quickly dissipate. I let the lovely red yarn soak for twenty minutes per skein. I only soaked one skein at a time to avoid tangling the two.
Here are the two finished hanks of yarn, nice and straight, drying on some kitchen cabinet hooks. Normally I would add a very light weight to the end to help straighten the yarn, but this yarn didn't need it. And you might notice it already grew quite a bit when it soaked. In fact, it was too large a loop for my swift, so I had to put this around two chairs again and feed it by hand to my ball winder to make two lovely balls of yarn.
Yes it's a lot of work to repurpose yarn. It's not arduous. It doesn't require any real talent. It only begs a little patience and order to give new life to old yarn. Since I loved the weight and feel of the Adrienne Vittadini Martina from BF Sweater and the two recent Rikke Hats, I knew it was worth the effort.
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this photutorial. What yarn will you be repurposing next?