I hadn't actually relaxed recycled yarn before--I should have on my Leitmotif cardigan, but that yarn was on its last legs and probably couldn't have taken the stress, plus the example sweater had some textured goodness to it as well. Also I am lazy. This whole thing would have been considered a learning experience if I had bothered to look up any resources, but, like most things I do in life, I figured I had a pretty good idea of what I was doing and if it blew up in my face I could always go look up the right way later.
This life philosophy has had mixed results.
So I got out my umbrella swift and set to work de-caking my three largest balls of salvaged wool. The result was, unsurprisingly, a pile of ramen noodles.
I have a theory that someday, somewhere, someone is going to try to market something like this as a very fetching cowl.
|Albeit one with the propensity to snag everything.|
|Pictured: Ramen Noodles|
|Turns out that hanks with greater circumference dry faster and decrimp better.|
|It looks like totally different yarn. I am pleased.|
|Before and After|
I have heard in the past that a steamy shower is usually enough to decrimp yarn, but I'm pretty well sold on this method. Also, it's so hot here that the idea of intentionally taking a steaming hot shower is repulsive.