Avid recyclers will love Rowan Purelife Revive, a DK weight yarn made up of 36% recycled silk, 36% recycled cotton and 28% recycled viscose. According to Rowan:
Recycling is becoming increasingly important in a world coming to terms with the challenges of environmental, economic and climactic change. We are therefore really excited at the introduction of the new Revive yarn into the Rowan Purelife range.
Revive is completely recycled and recyclable. The first stage of the recycling process is to sort the garments. These garments can be old and used, faulty or even new. They are then sorted out by colour and quality. After being sterilised, the garments are sorted by skilled sorters who divide the garments by fibre composition, i.e., put all the 100% cotton ones together, all the 100% silk garments together, etc. It is at this stage that superfluous parts such as any linings, buttons, ribbons, seams and trims are removed. These sorted garments are then cut into pieces and introduced into a fabric grinder that reduces them to loose fibre. These fibres are then carded to make regenerated fibre, which is then spun into the cotton, silk and viscose composition of this beautiful, high-quality yarn. Revive gives new life to handknitting designs out of once discarded knitted garments.
Yarns By Design is pleased to offer this unique, summer-friendly fiber in seven colors. The accompanying pattern booklet features 15 designs for women and men, including the pattern shown below, Shallot (knit in Pink Granite).