Pull this thread as I walk away... (Weezer song "Undone")
I had a very nice Alpaca sweater. It was hand carried home from Bolivia by my sister in law after a mission trip. This poor sweater got attacked in the most unfortunate, obvious spot by a single moth and that one hole, right on my chest, was enough to keep me from ever wearing the sweater anymore. Rather than just trash it, I decided to recycle the yarn.
Once I figured out how to get the parts apart, it was a quick and fun process. Hubby even helped, he said it was fun in a bad sort of way "like picking a scab". huh.
I first attacked the seams and un-stitched the thread holding the parts together.
Just the front yielded a nice ball of silver yarn.
I got a little sloppy and cut a few of the decorative bands, only to realize that I could unravel those too. In the end, there was very little waste, just a few yards of yarn that had to be trashed.
I'm not sure what this will be in its new life, but I feel better (and a little bit nuts) about recycling the sweater.