Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Upcycled Yarn from Haiti

I found these little beauties upstairs at my parents-in-law's house, which they brought with them back to Canada after their nine-year stay in Haiti. The sticks are a bit broken now (I mean, it was over 27 years ago) but they sure are charming. Something about these feels almost magical. They almost make me enjoy that shade of pink.

As you can see up close, most of the yarn is a bit ruffled. The reason for this (I was told) is at the time, when Haitians got bins of donated sweaters from other countries, they would often upcycle them into new things. This sometimes took the form of yarn diamonds/kites, sometimes clothes, and sometimes full-out afghans.

Here is one of the afghans they brought home. It has so many beautiful reds, blues, greens, and yellows gathered from knit sweaters. Every month we've been taking Minka's photos on a different blanket background, so for seven months, decided to do it on this beautiful upcycled afghan. Here is the little squirt and a closer view of the blanket too. Don't be fooled, she's ten months now, but still loves cats, colours and grandmas.

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