Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How to take apart a sweater for the yarn... with no mess!

As I promised, here are the instructions to take apart a sweater for the yarn!! I do this with many of my cashmere sweaters to re-knit them into beautiful sweaters custom made for me. The process is much easier than it seems and I hope you can use it! I tried to add a video but had no luck. We will have to deal with pictures instead! 1) Locate seams. I started with the collar because you can see the thread clearly. Look on either side of the seam. One side will have a little thread line (side A), the other side will look like this (side B):

If you look closely, the threads form a little V as they go along the seam. When you are at the final step and are pulling the thread out, you will go in the direction of the V's. Imagine them as little arrows that point which direction the thread will go: 2) Use your seam ripper to rip through one of the little V's. You want to rip through the V that is closest to the beginning of the thread you will tear out. In the particular sweater I used, the line of V's started at the center of the collar. For illustrated purposes, I picked a random V to cut. You will want to pick one at the end of the thread line. For example: On the sweater I used, another line of V's started at the cuff of the sweater, ran up the arm, down the chest, and ended at the hem. To separate those pieces, I would cut the V at the cuff and "follow the arrows" all the way to the hem.

3) Once you cut a V, flip to the opposite side of the seam and locate the corresponding thread. Pull up on the thread with your seam ripper to bring the end of the thread to side A.

4) The fun part. PULL THAT THREAD!!! The seam will come undone and TAH-DAH! Two pieces successfuly taken apart with no mess!

Note: The pictures above are of a collar seam. A normal seam will have the V's on one side and a little line of threads on the other side that look like this:

5) After your pieces are separated, you are ready to start the unraveling process. At the top of one of the sleeves I found ANOTHER line of V's to take out. Before (look carefuly): After: From here you can start to unravel the sweater pieces. Most sweaters are knit from the bottom up so you will start unraveling at the shoulders/neck and work your way down.

Hopefully, I will have more pictures for you soon!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Dogs and Cashmere

Well, my husband and I got a puppy a few weeks ago, so I have been busy! The cashmere in my house has remained undamaged... so far. One day, he'll escape from his puppy pen and BAM! all will be lost. My theory on dogs and cashmere is that THEY LOVE IT!!

I sell cashmere stuffed animals at which are often given to children as new toys. I have had to create replacement animals because family pets have destroyed the stuffed animals. Dogs, for whatever reason, are drawn to cashmere and will EAT it!!

Here's my theory:
1) A dog will go up to the toy because is LOOKS like something they would be allowed to play with.
2) They start to bite/chew said toy.
3) The toy starts to smell like a "friend." (If you have ever washed cashmere by hand- it smells like wet dog!!!)
4) Dog thinks, "Hey! I know you! You smell like me!" and continues to destroy said toy.

The end.

Point of the story: If you value your cashmere toys and sweaters, keep them away from your canine family members! Moths are NOT the only enemies of your cashmere collection...