My friends call me “thrifty.” Maybe my penchant for reusing things comes from having parents who lived during the Great Depression and were always trying to out do one another with stories of how poor they were. My father recalled having to eat chicken skin, chicken fat and gristle at dinner because his mother “paid for that too.” Little did they know that with some imagination, some secret ingredients and a whole lotta cooking fat, they could have made the first chicken nuggets and ended that Great Depression at least as far as they were concerned. But I digress. (Why do I always do that?) Here are some examples of how I’ve been recycling.
I bought this Man’s size large Shetland wool sweater at a thrift ship for $5.99 so I could take it apart and reuse the wool.
Taking a sweater apart can be tedious but who doesn’t love a challenge?
One big ball of yard and lots of sweater left to unravel.
I wanted some fatter lamp working mandrels. These are about 5 mm. I got them from a discontinued Ikea storage cart. I think they are aluminum but they work fine although not as well as steel.
Now I can make beads that look like Cheerios!
I had to stop eating cheese because of a medical problem and had no trouble finding a new role for the cheese grater.
Cheese graters hold lots of earrings. You could blast it with a coat of spray paint (minus the earrings of course) to give it a new look. Make sure the holes don’t get clogged though.
Here’s a silicone mat with little fingery things meant to be used for drying crystal wine glasses. I got mine on sale for about $5.00.
They’re a great tool for coating small items with resin . Place your cabochon or what have you on the mat and pour. The excess resin runs into the mat and when it cures, simply pop it off! Here’s a link to a similar mat that Amazon sells. You could probably find a better deal or snatch one up at a yard sale.
Here’s a good video on sweater deconstruction and yarn harvesting.