I’ve recently come across The Woolful Podcast. It is just lovely. It’s so inspiring to hear other peoples’ stories and realize what a community there is are out there experiencing a similar journey through fibre. Everyone comes at it differently, but alas, our love for wool, fibre, knitting, weaving, and making is something that remains the same in each of us.
In one of the podcasts, I heard the story of Jerome Sevilla of Grid Junky and felt really inspired by his sourcing of material entirely from recycled garments. What a great idea! I remember when I first started knitting about a year ago, a woman in the local yarn shop that I frequented telling me about cashmere sweater sales at certain big box stores and people purchasing a few and unraveling them entirely to use the luxurious yarn for the project of their choice.
It’s really important to me to source material in sustainable ways, and it’s also interesting to have work that is informed by what is found in happenstance. It’s a neat way to mix up what you are making and incorporate colours and materials that you normally wouldn’t choose to work with had you just walked into a yarn shop and picked things off the shelf.
This weekend, I spent the time unraveling three sweaters as a bit of an experiment, because I was just too curious to see the possibilities within a few thrift store finds. It was a ton of work and sort of took over the entire house for the weekend, but totally worth it! I have quite a huge sum of material to work with now, and for a pretty reasonable thirty or so dollars.