This Overlooked Neighborhood Source Is the Best Place to Get Designer-Quality Yarn for Pennies
RJ Jones, an avid knitter known as the Man Who Knits, reveals his ultimate hack for saving $1,000+ per sweater on cashmere, camel hair, and other luxury yarns.
The Surprising Place to Find Designer Yarn That Most Knitters Don’t Even Think About
There’s a Goodwill or Salvation Army somewhere in your town, and hidden in the sweater section is a bargain on yarn that is so genius, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself.
RJ Jones, lover of luxury fibers and avid knitter of Irish fisherman sweaters, can’t afford the $1000+ it would cost to buy sweater-quantities of cashmere yarn at his local yarn store.
Mindful of his fixed income, he cleverly shops the Salvation Army every time he wants to knit a new fabulous sweater or cabled hat.
“When I go to the Salvation Army, I am looking for the LARGEST SWEATER that has the most DESIGNER CHARACTER to it that is CASHMERE.”RJ Jones, the Man Who Knits
He heads to the women’s sweaters section and scours the racks for pure cashmere. Even sweaters that have a hole in them, or a design on the front, can be used – he just uses the back and sleeves.
When RJ gets home, he uses a seam ripper to cut the edge of the sleeve and starts unraveling the yarn onto a ball winder. In just an hour or two, he’s got several neat little balls of pure luxury yarn to knit with, no millionaire bank account needed.
“If I’m gonna pay 99 cents for a sweater, I’m gonna definitely get all the wool I can.”RJ Jones, the Man Who Knits
This Genius Hack Prevents You From Going Bankrupt on Yarn
When you’re on a fixed income and love to knit, you usually can’t afford cashmere yarn in sweater quantities.
The 17 skeins, for example, of Rowan Pure Cashmere Yarn you’d need to knit a large men’s sweater (2,665 yards) would cost you $1,190!
But with this amazingly simple trick, all you need is a ball winder and a few hours of your time to start knitting.
Gift a Cashmere Hat or Mittens for Friends and Family for Pennies
With this trick, you could easily knit small projects for friends and family members without breaking the bank. The gift would be of your time and skill in knitting the item, not how much you can afford to spend on yarn!
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Many thanks to Broad and High for posting the original interview. You can watch the full 5-minute video and learn more about how RJ got started knitting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBryKSZwb5c
Update 11/9/23: How to Wash Yarn and Remove Kinks Before Reusing
Several readers commented asking how to remove kinks in the yarn, or what do to if the yarn should be washed. This blog post with photos by We Are Knitters explains exactly how to wind the yarn loosely into a hank and then soak it to remove kinks before hanging it on a hanger to dry and then winding it into a ball for knitting.
You could easily add some no-rinse wool wash like Soak to the water to clean the fibers before repurposing.
Worried about moth larvae tagging along in a sweater you find? According to the Wirecutter (NY Times), drycleaning is the best way to kill any moth larvae.