A Good Thrifting

January 11, 2009 at 3:25 am (Knit)

We had a good day at the thrift stores today.  Well, I am cheating a bit — I hit one of the stores on Tuesday — lots of sweaters.  Most of them I intend to unravel and respin, but I bought a few to felt and cut up as well.  I also had fun posing the sweaters to photograph.

This sweater is from Les Copains; I believe it is from France because of the way the tag looked.   It is 85% wool, 5% cashmere, 5% silk, and 5% angora.  Even though he’s French,, this one is saying, “whaddup, G?”

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This is Banana Republic, 82% wool, 10% cashmere, 8%angora.  “Heeeayy”

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Beautfiul pink J. Crew, 100% lambswool.  The sleeves are oddly long, though.  I wonder what that’s about. “Me bought sweater for Jane.”

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This was THE find of the day.  John Ashford, 100% cashmere, double ply, in an absolutely stunning shade of crimson red.  “Would you like to dance?”

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Gap, 100% wool.  Nothing spectacular about this except the yarn is a good sturdy medium-weight.  The taupe and eggplant colors did not show up well in the photo.  I plan to unravel this one and ply it again, possibly with a cashmere.  “Care to go fro a pint after the Rugby match, mate?”

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And this quartet from my secret shop.  Clockwise from top, a cotton, striped Tommy, a pink cotton from Yarnworks, an Old Navy cotton and silk cabled shrug, and a wool, cashmere, and acrylic from Liz Claiborne, proving that even the big fashion houses still have problems with color pooling.

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This one is John Ashford, 100% cashmere.  “Put your hands in the air, like you don’t care.”



  1. Queen of Fifty Cents said,

    Wow, sweater heaven–some of those are even good enough to wear as sweaters!

  2. Priscilla said,

    I’m so jealous–these were great finds. I found only one last week, but it was 100% Shetland wool and it was Fair Isle. A lovely felted bag it will make I think. I wish I had a secret shop!

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