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Old 09-02-2006, 07:56 PM   #1
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Recycled cashmere longies?

Can you make longies out of a recycled 100% cashmere sweater? Cashmere is wool, right? I lucked out at a thrift store today and got 4 or 5 sweaters. Could have gotten many more but I need to see if I can do this first! 50% off sale on Tuesday! Yeah! (In Edmonton, AB, Canada if anyone's near!)

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Old 09-02-2006, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: Recycled cashmere longies?

Isn't cashmere rabbit fur? Or is that angora? I think you can make them out of any natural fiber. Could be wrong though.
Did you get the sweaters at value village I know they have a 50% off sale tues.
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:02 PM   #3
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Re: Recycled cashmere longies?

I think Angora is rabbit....

Yeah! Value Village! I read about the 50% off sale but we live out of town and were in Edmonton today so I had to get at least 4 sweaters! So nice! There were lots of great sweaters there - merino wool, etc.

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Old 09-02-2006, 08:34 PM   #4
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Re: Recycled cashmere longies?

Cashmere is actually goat hair. I'm sure you can use it. I've seen tons of wahms selling cashmere covers, recycled and new.
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Re: Recycled cashmere longies?

If you used cashmere, would you felt it first? Do you have to felt all wool before making a recycled soaker/longies?
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Old 09-02-2006, 10:37 PM   #6
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Re: Recycled cashmere longies?

I made a soaker out of recycled cashmere - it is luscious!
Here is my 2 cents - your mileage may vary...

My sweater was super trim - not thick enough for even a day weight soaker for my ds. So...

I tried to felt, but after a couple hot washes and even a trip through the dryer, it was basically the same as when I started. I've found that higher quality sweaters with finer yarns don't felt as well as other sweaters - the benefit is that I will probably be able to machine wash mine for forever with no loss of stretch.

So I decided to do a double layer in the body of the soaker. It came out SUPER trim, even with the 2 layers of cashmere, and it has held up great. It works really well, and is still as soft as ever.

The only problem is that I can't stop petting his butt when he wears it - lol. I am sure people think I'm a whack job!
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Hi from a CD neighbour in St. Albert, Valerie! I'm surprised, there are a few of us on here!
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Yay! Hi Brenda! Thrilled to "meet" you!

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I made a soaker out of recycled cashmere - it is luscious!
Here is my 2 cents - your mileage may vary...

My sweater was super trim - not thick enough for even a day weight soaker for my ds. So...

I tried to felt, but after a couple hot washes and even a trip through the dryer, it was basically the same as when I started. I've found that higher quality sweaters with finer yarns don't felt as well as other sweaters - the benefit is that I will probably be able to machine wash mine for forever with no loss of stretch.

So I decided to do a double layer in the body of the soaker. It came out SUPER trim, even with the 2 layers of cashmere, and it has held up great. It works really well, and is still as soft as ever.

The only problem is that I can't stop petting his butt when he wears it - lol. I am sure people think I'm a whack job!
You gotta show us a pic!
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:23 AM   #10
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The dye job is kinda funky - lol. It was one of my first attempts at dip dyeing.
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j263/aschrimp/wool/Picture048.jpg
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