Preparing recycled wool starts as soon as I get the thrifted sweaters home. I choose high quietly wool sweaters from thrift shops, mostly made with Lambswool, Merino, and Cashmere. Some have residue perfumes and strong scents left from previous owners.
I hate this smell and always tend to get headaches after shopping so I wash all my thrifted wool right away. I have been using our natural laundry soap to wash the wool for years now. It rids the wool of all odors and softens it as well. We use the wool wash setting on the washer and then hang all washed wool in the living room to dry on our cloths line during the cold months by the wood stove.
In warmer weather, we hang outdoors.
Washing the wool has always been an exciting part of the process for me. I start looking at and feeling the wool to see what style will suit best from each sweater, soon to be cut and turned into my recycled wool covers and longies.
Stay turned for a tutorial on how to make your very own wool longies from re-purposed sweaters.