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Jan 12, 2018 06:24:16   #
Phyllis52
 
Here's my dilemma -
I originally bought a sock yarn to make socks for a friend. Well, I started one and didn't like the one I did. So I ripped it out.
Now I'm looking at it and thinking the colors would be beautiful for a light shawl for my sister in law in Florida as a gift. I'm going to try and put beads on it too.
But I hate to think I'm giving her a used gift. I feel guilty already.
What do you guys think?
 
Jan 12, 2018 06:28:12   #
suze
 
not a used gift in my mind you are making something new. no need for guilt as you are giving the yarn new life x
Jan 12, 2018 06:28:21   #
inishowen (a regular here)
 
You should not feel guilty at all. You don't have to tell your sister it's repurposed. You're making her something with love. That's what matters.
Jan 12, 2018 06:29:44   #
Norfolknan
 
Why feel guilty? You will be making a special gift with your love. I don't think it matters where the yarn came from.
Jan 12, 2018 06:29:45   #
Jo Pyle
 
Go for it. Ripping it out doesn't hurt the yarn, I would be happy to receive such a gift.
Jan 12, 2018 06:29:46   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
The yarn is talking to you, it would be silly not to listen. You can always get other yarn for the socks
 
Jan 12, 2018 06:30:36   #
Phyllis52
 
Thank you so much, I feel better. It will be made with love - she's a wonderful person and I know she will really appreciate anything I do for her.
Jan 12, 2018 06:30:54   #
Wildchild
 
Nope, a lot of yarn is reused after being ripped out. Why should it be put away and never used just because it didn't work out the first time on needles.
Jan 12, 2018 06:33:13   #
Phyllis52
 
Oh my goodness, all these wonderful responses!

Yes, yes, I am going to do it!! Every time I see at other yarn, it's always the one I have I love.

Whew, I feel so much better.................thank you all.......I'm going to get started (but first some you tubes on adding beads when knitting)!!
Jan 12, 2018 06:34:55   #
Ochosi
 
Do you really think the gift is the yarn? The gift is the love. All natural fiber is repurposed - some from a sheep’s back, some from plants, others from oil.
Jan 12, 2018 06:37:43   #
Cookiecat (a regular here)
 
Heck, it's not a used gift unless the ripped out yarn is not in good shape. And you bought the yarn yourself. Nothing to feel guilty about!!
Phyllis52 wrote:
Here's my dilemma -
I originally bought a sock yarn to make socks for a friend. Well, I started one and didn't like the one I did. So I ripped it out.
Now I'm looking at it and thinking the colors would be beautiful for a light shawl for my sister in law in Florida as a gift. I'm going to try and put beads on it too.
But I hate to think I'm giving her a used gift. I feel guilty already.
What do you guys think?
 
Jan 12, 2018 06:40:42   #
Phyllis52
 
Not only did everyone reply fast, but you have heart felt responses. I can't tell you how I appreciate it and how it put a big smile on my face. I can't wait to start on the shawl.

Now I know why I anxiously wait every morning for my Knitting Paradise Fix!

I cannot thank you all enough for starting my day off on a happy note. I hope I can do the same for you all.
Jan 12, 2018 06:45:35   #
Pauli
 
Wow, I have bought yarn for a specific project many times and then decided to to use that yarn for something else. That doesn't make it a used yarn just because I changed my mind. If that was the case most of what I make would be a re-gift. Don't feel guilty about doing that. Just make what you want to and enjoy the creativity of your new project.
Jan 12, 2018 06:48:18   #
Sukiesue (a regular here)
 
NOTHING to worry about! 🐹
Jan 12, 2018 06:56:05   #
saukvillesu (a regular here)
 
Think about the sock project as just a swatching experiment. We do that and "repurpose" it for a project if the swatch did not work out. You were just testing the
yarn for the ultimate purpose. Knit on...she will love the gift.
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