RenaissanceYarns

Recycled Luxury Yarns and Fine Needlework

Palm Bay, Florida On Etsy since 2014

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RenaissanceYarns

Recycled Luxury Yarns and Fine Needlework

Palm Bay, Florida | 1,044 Sales

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Announcement    Welcome! I hope you enjoy shopping these beautiful, luxurious yarns. Don't hesitate to convo me if you have any questions - I'm always happy to help! And I'm continually adding new listings, so please check back often.
You can follow me on Facebook & Pinterest @ Renaissance Yarns and on Instagram @lisa_c_knits. I hope to see you there!

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Last updated on Dec 13, 2018

Welcome! I hope you enjoy shopping these beautiful, luxurious yarns. Don't hesitate to convo me if you have any questions - I'm always happy to help! And I'm continually adding new listings, so please check back often.
You can follow me on Facebook & Pinterest @ Renaissance Yarns and on Instagram @lisa_c_knits. I hope to see you there!

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About RenaissanceYarns

Sales 1,044
On Etsy since 2014

Renaissance means rebirth!

I've been knitting and crocheting since I was 8 years old, and for many years, had only ever purchased synthetic yarns at discount department stores. In 2001, while my family was living in New England, we visited some of the county fairs and I was enchanted to find the source of natural fibers - I was "hooked" and determined to work with these beautiful yarns, but quickly realized I couldn't afford to purchase most of them at retail.

Several years ago, while stopping at a yard sale, I saw a couple of J. Jill 100% silk sweaters. I almost passed them by, but then had a light-bulb moment. Why couldn't I take these beauties home and unravel them? I did just that, and together they yielded more than 3,000 yards of luxurious silk yarn. An idea was born, and I began regularly reclaiming discarded luxury knit garments and making them my own.

I was so excited to finally begin using these beautiful, natural yarns for my own knit work. Then it occurred to me that there could be other knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters, and various other crafters who, for financial, ethical, or practical reasons might want affordable luxurious fibers and appreciate reclaimed yarn. Now I could provide it for them. And so Renaissance Yarns was born.

My process: I visit clothing exchanges, thrift stores, and consignment shops, looking for knit sweaters and other garments. I choose only those with all or mostly natural fibers, and only those in good condition (although tears or stains don't dissuade me because they can be worked around). I disassemble them, keeping the designer labels and fiber content/care tags, unravel each piece carefully, and wind the resulting balls of yarn into 2-yard hanks on a swift my husband made for me. I then carefully hand wash the hanks in a gentle organic detergent and hang them to dry without weights to avoid breaking and stretching the fibers. Afterward, I measure the hanks, tag them with fiber, yardage, weight, and care information, photograph them, and create a new listing in my Etsy shop. Voila!

This story began with a love of knitting and crocheting and grew into an appreciation for luxurious yarns. Now, Renaissance Yarns can put those beautiful fibers into your hands at an affordable price, while giving new life and purpose to these valuable yarns. And that is my mission.

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  • Lisa

    Owner

    I'm a 50-something homeschooling mom and entrepreneur. My Italian grandmothers taught me to knit and crochet when I was 8 years old, and I've been doing both ever since! I love working with my hands and finding beautiful yarns.

  • Dana

    Assistant

    My beautiful sister Dana is my greatest help and supporter. She acts as my Acquisitions Department, graphic designer, assistant unraveler, and cheerleader. And she also happens to be a crochet queen. :)

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Last updated on November 28, 2014
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