Blue Boy Transformed

Long-time blog readers will have read about the demise of my favorite sock, Blue Boy, who with his boon companion Wildfoote, shuffled off this mortal coil in February. If you’re unfamiliar with that story, spend the 15 seconds required to read about the sock that lived fast and played hard. Then come back and join me here.

As you  may know, I like using things to their fullest — rather like Blue Boy lived his life. I’m like one of those Depression-era grandmas who saved balls of twine, only I save balls of yarn from worn-out socks.

I’m working on a new Bandwagon Blanket, in which I’m incorporating these sad little leftovers from formerly happy feet, and I thought today I’d give you a glimpse into what goes into transforming an old sock into something brand new.

First, I frogged the legs of Blue Boy and Wildfoote and wound the yarn into balls. (“Frog legs”? I slay me!)

"Oh, no! Mrs. Beth!"

“Oh, no! Mrs. Beth!”

Then, I skeined the yarn on my swift.


While the yarn was still secure on the swift, I tied each skein in several places to keep it together. Notice how kinky the yarn is, after having been in sock form for some 7 years. (And we’re not talking kinky in the fun way. Obviously, Blue Boy has some ‘splaining to do.)


Next, the skeins were treated to a leisurely bath in warm water and wool wash. Afterward, they were rolled in a towel to blot out excess water.


Finally, I hung the 3 skeins in the basement to dry.


Notice that I used clothespins at the bottom of each to weigh them down in order to discourage the kinks.


Voila! Two skeins of beautiful, ready-to-repurpose yarn, along with a brand-new mitered square made from the third skein. In all, I was able to salvage 30 grams of good yarn from the two socks.


See? Proof that worn-out old objects can be transformed into something beautiful. Have you ever repurposed yarn for a new project? Tell me about it in the comments.

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