Sunday, September 18, 2011
Woven Dishtowels from Recycled Yarn
Awhile back I reclaimed some yarn from an unfortunate looking but new cotton sweater. I've saved it for the right project, and now that I'm weaving, I decided to use it to make some cotton towels.
I warped the loom with the recycled yarn, intending to weave three towels with new Sugar and Cream cotton yarn as the weft. Towels, place mats, and similar shorter pieces can be woven continuously and then cut apart. It's like weaving one of those old gas station bathroom towels, (except, of course, it's clean).
After I got the first towel woven, I got worried that the new cotton would shrink more than the recycled cotton, which had already been washed, so I wove the other two towels using the recycled yarn for both the warp and the weft.
After I got everything woven, cut off the loom, and machine hemmed, I washed them, and found that the mix of old and new yarns actually came out the best. The towels made solely of the recycled yarn shrank unevenly, perhaps because the yarn had no twist. Recycled yarn, especially cotton, can come untwisted.
But the towels were serviceable nonetheless. The last towel on the warp came out short, as I'm still figuring out how to accurately calculate warp lengths. Michael got the short towel to use as a golf towel. The other two went to my daughter Allie.
The towels are soft and drapey. I'm going to make another batch, this time mixing the new and old yarns.
Recently my son Alex turned 21, and we had a dinner for him at the house. Here he is with Jessica his girlfriend, who is a favorite of my old cat Wee.
Allie and her boyfriend Matt were also at the party. It was a very sweet time. The kids have grown, and now I officially have two adult children.