I made two skeins of t-shirt yarn today. A task to do from home in my personal assistant role while my friend is away. I save the fronts of the t-shirts for a blanket project my friend has in mind, and the backs are destined for crochet yarn.
There will be remembrance of history – a different time and space in life – in her blanket project. There will be the creation of a new story in beautiful things made of t-shirt yarn. I am grieving for this friend as she continues to endure a long and exhausting season of pain. I am humbled by her ability to see a future of beauty. I am encouraged by the vision she has to create new from old.
Images from ‘Big Hook Rag Crochet’ by Dedri Uys
It’s slow, mindful work producing t-shirt yarn. The fabric is sliced almost to the top in equal sections. Turn the fabric through 180 degrees, slice every section in half – stopping just before the top. The corners of each section are rounded off, until a long single string of yarn emerges. Wind the yarn gently around your hand into a skein. I want to buy some beautiful brown paper luggage tags to label the yarn in length and width.
It’s slow work unravelling my history to make something beautiful for my future. I’ll be pondering the lessons I could learn from t-shirt yarn.