A while back I saw a post somewhere about cutting up old shirts into strips to make yarn. I have a bunch of old colorful shirts - the kind you buy every color of at Target or American Eagle? Yeah, you know the ones - and after years of constant wear and washing they're useless. They're so colorful and summer-like, and even match my new sheers (yipee!), I couldn't resist. Re-using over priced clothing (that would have been stuffed in a closet somewhere) for something awesome is pretty sweet too.
Because the project is a gift I'll to keep details under wraps, BUT here are my first four balls of old (clean!) t-shirt yarn.
It's an experiment, that's for sure. I picked up a few tricks on how to cut the shirts in the most efficient way possible and some blogs suggest stretching the strips then winding it into a ball, which yeilds more yarn. Found via Whip Up, Craft Passion has a great tutorial here. I personally really like the ragged ends and uneven-ness of my way, which I assume will stretch naturally anyway. Sorry, Grandma, I really don't like following in other knitter's footsteps (she loves me, but thinks I'm nuts for never committing to a pattern).
More on this to come, along with my beaded scarf (still in progress) and messenger bag I made for Mother's Day. Thank goodness it's summer!