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Sep 28, 2011 10:01:43   #
SUZ from WA STATE
 
Has anyone thought of this as a form of organic repurpose? Think about all the folks out there who clean their dryer filters. there HAS to be a way we can collect all this lint and spin it onto yarn.
:idea:
after it's spun it can be dyed. Does anyone aLREADY DO THIS? :roll:
 
Sep 28, 2011 10:27:13   #
AvonelleRed
 
Interesting thought!
Sep 28, 2011 10:39:32   #
Sallyflymi
 
I don't but going to watch this for a while.
Sep 28, 2011 15:30:10   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Consider a moment.
The fibers that are spun into yarn are long. The fluff that gets caught in a dryer's lint trap are - for the most part - too short to even measure their lengths. That makes them a poor source of spinning fiber.

However, if you're looking to start a fire ... Dryer lint is a very flamable substance. http://www.laundry-alternative.com/clothes_dryer_fire.htm


There may be some 'green' uses for it. If the fabrics it's from are all natural, maybe it can be added to compost? Even if there is a large proportion of synthetic lint, it probably wouldn't hurt to add it to soil ... need to ask someone who's more 'into' gardening than I.

As an addition to other, longer, more spinnable fibers, I don't think its a great idea. If you're wealthy enough to have a clothes dryer, you need not scrounge and try to incorporate dryer lint into your knitting.
Sep 28, 2011 15:33:51   #
funthreads623
 
What do I do with my lint? I put some out in the yard; the birds pick at it, and then it sure is nice to look up and see "purple" in a nest!! (I have a lot of purple in my lint.)
Sep 28, 2011 15:37:17   #
larsan
 
SUZ from WA STATE wrote:
Has anyone thought of this as a form of organic repurpose? Think about all the folks out there who clean their dryer filters. there HAS to be a way we can collect all this lint and spin it onto yarn.
:idea:
after it's spun it can be dyed. Does anyone aLREADY DO THIS? :roll:


Actually I saw an ad several months ago that this is being done and sold hanked. Can't remember just who had it advertised though.
 
Sep 28, 2011 15:38:40   #
larsan
 
Here's the link to what I saw advertised
http://www.patternworks.com/community/dryerlintyarn.aspx
Sep 28, 2011 15:58:22   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
larsan wrote:
Here's the link to what I saw advertised
http://www.patternworks.com/community/dryerlintyarn.aspx
You did NOT click far enough! If you had clicked on Click here for very important information, you would know that it's a joke! http://www.patternworks.com/community/aprilpw.aspx
Sep 28, 2011 16:40:15   #
jbandsma (a regular here)
 
I've used dryer lint (it is clean, after all) as stuffing for hand made toys (knit, crocheted or sewn). Reuses that which would otherwise go in the trash and relieves as leas some of the cost of other stuffing which usually is a petroleum product to begin with.
Sep 28, 2011 16:56:57   #
Ronie
 
I made a quilt out of my old jeans... the process calls for sewing the squares together then clipping the raw edges and washing it ... what a nice big ball of denim came out of all that.. I wanted to do something with it even if it was to just toss it into a basket but hubby saw trash and threw it away...grrrr... he needs lessons on thinking outside the box...LOL
Sep 29, 2011 05:53:25   #
BenedettaSMC7
 
I have used the dryer lint when making my own paper. The colors and threads create a very expensive look.
 
Sep 29, 2011 05:53:34   #
BarbieSue
 
If anyone makes hand made paper, dryer lint can add interesting fibers to that, especially if it is a really nice color. :-)
Sep 29, 2011 05:56:35   #
BarbieSue
 
BenedettaSMC7 wrote:
I have used the dryer lint when making my own paper. The colors and threads create a very expensive look.


Benedetta, we must have posted about the same time. Great minds think alike, huh? :-D
Sep 29, 2011 06:07:19   #
BenedettaSMC7
 
I don't know about my mind being great, but it's much better after my morning coffee. :) I haven't made my own paper in a while but I loved knowing that a sheet was made with fibers from my daughter's favorite blanket, or my son's sweatshirts, etc.
Sep 29, 2011 06:18:52   #
Suzie B
 
I've always thought that the lint could be used as wadding (batting) for quilts. I'm just too lazy to do it!
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