Recycled Sari Yarn For Scrappy Squares by Anne M Bray

Welcome to my interpretation for this round of Style Imitating Art.

A Little Background

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Round’s Curator

Shelbee is the curator for this round of Style Imitating Art.

This Week’s Inspirational Image

Shelbee has picked fiber art by Anne M Bray, whose blog is Spy Girl

My Take

We decided that it would be best to give everyone a choice on which square they wanted to work off of. I more or less went with “The Everything.”

I’m afraid that I took this as an opportunity to talk about knitting and show readers my last knitting project. I feel that this particular project fits in really nicely with the Scrappy Squares, which seem to me to be created out of recycled fabric and articles of clothing.

I just finished this sweater last month. It is created with two different types of recycled Sari yarn and some miscellaneous yarn from my stash. It was a very quick project; taking me about ten days to complete. I started with a pattern but the Sari silk yarn soon took over and the finished sweater does not anyway resemble the original pattern.

Recycled Sari yarn started showing up on eBay about ten years ago. In the early days, you had to order it from India and it came ( still does) in two types of yarn. One is spun from shredded silk from old Saris and actually looks like yarn. The second type is strips of silk torn from old Saris. The strips greatly varied in width, color, weight, and texture. It can be a challenge to knit with. These days, knitters can find much better recycled Sari yarn, both in uniformity in width and color, such as HERE.

I have one skein of this more refined yarn from Louisa Harding. I used it in whip stitch fashion around the neckline, sleeve edges and bottom of my sweater for a finish and I really like the result.

This is a photo that I took at the very beginning of my project. I knitted the miscellaneous yarn along with the single ply spun Sari silk yarn. Both types of yarn are pretty thivk and I used a size 1 0 1/2 circular needle to knit this yarn with.
The Additions

This sweater has a lot of color and texture. With that in mind, I chose black bottoms. This pair of black pants are from about 2005. They just keep coming in handy. I’ve also worn black jeans with this top.

This spring, I gave in (again) to my love of Michel Golan jewelry and ordered some jewelry during her big once-a-year sale. All ofMichel Golan’s jewelry is hand-made in her studio in New York. I think for what you get, her prices are unbelievable and her jewelry adds a little color and fantasy to my life.

This pendant was a little more colorful than I thought it was online but I think it really looks fan-tabalous with my top. I am going to make an effort to find more things to wear it with because I love love her work. What do you think?

My Michel Golan Pendant against the color and texture of the recycled Sari yarn

Also, I like to use large scarves as wraps, including this purple cotton. From eBay, it’s not a very nice scarf and could be eligible for the thrift shop someday.

I’ve had this little black leather bag since 2001 and only now am traveling purse-light enough to use it. It can be worn as a cross-body. Of course, back then, we never had heard of the term cross-body.

My shoes are Marc Fisher Sunny D’Orsay flats in what is described as dark red leather. They have always seemed a dark red-violet to me. They no longer make this design, which is a shame because they are such a classic.

This wasn’t a very complicated look today and that finishes me out.

Now It’s Your Turn

Shelbee will be putting together her review to be published Wednesday. If you have an entry, please send it to her at by tomorrow. Hope to see you there!

Take care and style on!

16 thoughts on “Recycled Sari Yarn For Scrappy Squares by Anne M Bray

  1. Terri, this sweater is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the texture and colors and it really stands out against the black trousers. It was really interesting to read about the recycled sari yarn as well and I love that you used this post to speak about your knitting. Anne, after all, loves her fiber arts as well so it goes hand in hand!


    Liked by 2 people

      1. Thank you, Reni. It is quite a style deviation for me. I usually don’t wear things this bright. I do love the texture. However, it is far from my best work. There is something wrong with the neckline, but if I fiddle with it, it doesn’t look to bad.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. I had never heard of recycled sari yarn so you know I’m going to be looking for it. Just what I need another PHD (project half done)!!! I think this is probably the epitome of the style imitating art! Your sweater is gorgeous! I love how you’ve created your outfit around it, too! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hi, Marsha-Sari yarn has been around for a while. Its biggest problem is that it is heavy. I could have used a #13 needle and done just fine. I think it would make a great loose Kimono jacket using really big needles.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Terri, you are super talented!! That knitted sweater is simply gorgeous and is so perfect for this week’s style prompt. I love the addition of that cute necklace too. Perfection!
    Suzy xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, Suzy, I really didn’t know how I would wear this necklace when it came. It looked so much more subdued online. Who knew it would go so perfectly with a wildly colored sweater. Thank you for the compliment. As far as knitting goes, this was an easy one-I rushed it in about ten days.


    1. Thank you, Michelle-It was a great feeling to finally get most of that yarn out of my stash. It has been there almost ten years. It was about time I knitted it up.


  4. My word, Terri, this is STUNNING! Not only is it a perfect choice for the SIA, it’s just a gorgeous piece. And it’s fun to see you in something bright! I would probably look like a kindergarten teacher in that sweater (nothing wrong with that) but your styling creates a sophisticated look.


  5. Thank you-surprise isn’t it? Usually, I’m in black (well, I still managed to get some black in). I think if everything else is kept very simple, one crazy piece can be worn. Or, at least according to my Mid-West mentality.


  6. This was such a fun Style Imitating Art challenge, loved everyone’s interpretation that I saw on Shelbee’s blog!

    Indeed, your fabulous knitting project fits perfectly with the Scrappy Square you chose as well as the creative upcycling ideas! Love the colours and textures, I think black is the best way to showcase this amazing sweater. The pendant is simply lovely!

    It certainly is THE EVERYTHING! Only ten days to complete and ten years in your stash! 😉



  7. Oh, Terri, I’m SO glad you took this opportunity to show off one of your finished projects. It’s Incredible!!
    I actually have a skein of that yarn but I had no idea it was from saris. In fact, I made a pair of gloves from it.
    What a beautiful piece of art!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you, I really don’t talk much about knitting. But when this challenge came up, it seemed appropriate. Since I didn’t pick the art this round, I thought go ahead a do it. I have a few skeins of yarn left over and don’t know how I am going to use them up I have made a scarf previously using the single ply.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.