We stopped a few places along the way to Florence. One of which, was a wool recycling plant. It was wonderful to see that all of these sweaters that people throw away end up in this plant to be recycled. The sweaters are first sorted by color, then the trimmings, buttons, etc. are cut off. From there they are put into bundles and stacked all the way to the ceiling until they can be ground into small fibers. The fibers are then sold to a company that spins them into yarn.
The colors in this plant where so beautiful. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Recycling is sexy.
These factories have their own form of dust consisting of wool fibers.
The yarns are then sold to companies such as Steiger. Steiger is a knitting machine company that continues to push the evolution of knitwear. Knitwear designers come to Steiger and the two companies work together to develop new stitches and techniques.
Some knitwear ends up at the recycling plant, some ends up in the closets of consumers and some are lucky enough to be collected at Deanna. Deanna is a knitter and also an avid collecter of knit samples, designer knitwear, vintage clothes, and books related to fashion. This whole trip was a jar full of eye-candy.