Such a cut-up
Tuesday January 18th 2022, 11:33 pm
Filed under: Knit,Life

I’ve seen the description “recycled cashmere” in garments for sale, and now in a few yarns at Colourmart. And wondered what processes were meant by that. Is it just the leftover pounds of yarn from a production run, or is it something more? Tell me they don’t shred already processed yarns in the carding machines. Or I guessed maybe they must?

Colourmart decided (not on this particular listing, but here’s an example and it’s on sale) to add a link.

They actually cut up old sweaters? Surely in an automated process and that picture of people holding scissors is for show? There are actually stores that do trade-ins? Where? What about moth damage? They’d have to make sure every stage of such things is eradicated. What about the weak spots that would be left behind in the fibers? Stains? Is this why the recycled sweaters seem to tend to be thicker? To make sure everything’s covered?

And yet the yarns they create all seem nice and even to my eyes.

Well, huh.

LLBean ordered some of this latest trend but given this past year’s shipping issues, got theirs in (if they even did yet) after Christmas.

I have a credit card account in their name that periodically earns me Bean Bucks and I’ve been letting them slowly, slowly accumulate. I’d been thinking I might blow it at the end of the year on a cashmere sweater but they didn’t have any that grabbed me hard enough.

But now they do. Only they’re recycled, even if I think, so far, that I’d rather they were not. They’re not cheap (well, in my case, at an outlay of $12.95 yes they are, never mind) but I’m just curious enough. Plus I happen to like it.

Shipping, they say, commences approximately February 8. Hopefully.

Silicon Valley might call that vaporwear.

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Yes, please let us know about the recycled sweater.

It might be a hidden gem….


Comment by Barbara 01.18.22 @ 11:58 pm

Equal parts fascinating and disturbing! I look forward to your report.

Comment by ccr in MA 01.19.22 @ 8:34 am

This is actually a very old concept! Ragpickers, those peddlers in NYC, and shoddy mills…they all took already used textiles and washed, shredded and respun them. It works! The sorting/carding/combing process means that old stuff is reused with new fresh fibers for strength. Old moth damage just means there are short fibers in there, and these either get combed out or used as a feature. (short fibers become tweed or nubs in many yarns.) I can email you more…I will be curious to hear about the LL Bean sweaters though!

Comment by Joanne 01.19.22 @ 9:57 am

I’m all for reduce, reuse, recycle. But I think I would need to be convinced it’s ok in this case.
I guess you will be our Guinea pig – or canary. 😉

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 01.19.22 @ 11:06 am

I have met people who find cashmere sweaters at goodwill, unravel them with the help of a ball or skein winder. They ply strands together, and sometimes overdye them. Beautuful results!

Comment by Susan 01.19.22 @ 3:40 pm

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