All winter long I had on my yarn-crafting list to make myself a new wool hat. At one point, hoping to encourage myself in that endeavor, I even threw out all of my old acyrlic hats. Even my most favorite that often got compliments.
Most of the kids got a wool hat, and my husband a month ago was awarded his that was made from Handspun pygora/alpaca yarn that I processed and spun myself. (I will have to snap a picture when he is home)
Alas, spring has arrived and I never did make one for myself. With just a slight detour to my original ambitions, I picked up a crochet hook and whipped out this cute spring hat just in time for my birthday:
What’s even more exciting is that I made it with yarn that I reclaimed from a thifted cotton sweater! It is actually two different yarns, one purple and one blue, and I re-spun them with my spinning wheel and then plied them together. This created a really unique colored yarn. It is marled, yet from a distance the finished fabric appears to be a solid color.
The blue reclaimed yarn in this project is the same that was used in the needlepoint lace project and the edging on the crochet towel. The difference being, that the yarn for the needlepoint project and towel edging, was from the short pieces and this worsted re-spun cotton was made from the long continuous lengths from the body of these sweaters.
The accent yarn for this hat is reclaimed sari silk that I bought from Darn Good Yarn. It made a great piece of fabric for stabilizing the brim of this hat. It was not a part of the original pattern, but it was too floppy to hold the shape I desired, so I duplicated the brim section of the pattern and then sewed it to the underside. The reclaimed silk yarn really jazzed up this newsboy styled cap!
For a little extra flare and accent I picked out some thrifted vintage buttons, and created a cute little flower.
This was a fun project to make, and it was exciting to be able to use all recycled/reclaimed materials to create something new and unique. I can put on this hat and know that no one has the same one.
Recyling and reclaiming the material that is available to us is a great way to be wise stewards over those things. A disliked sweater doesn’t need to be trash, it can become beautiful yarn for a fun springtime hat, trim in a towel, lace edging on a pocket, the options are limitless.
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