Our latest featured Etsy Yarn-a-Holics team member is Julia of JustifiablyJulia.Etsy.com
Julia makes yarn from reclaimed sweaters, saving the world one sweater at a time!
1. When did you open your Etsy shop?
Julia: I opened my Etsy shop in November of 2010 but didn’t really get started till 2011.
2. When did you first become interested in Fiber?
Julia: I’ve been a fiber junkie as long as I can remember, I come from a family of crafters!
3. Do you do any knitting/crocheting with the up-cycled yarns you make?
Julia: I knit and crochet with my up-cycled yarn but my skill level is limited (mostly to scarves!). My twin sister, however (SharpCrayon.Etsy.com) makes beautiful items from my reclaimed yarn!
~ Craftyness really does run in the family!
4. What are some of your hobbies/interests?
Julia: I love knitting, crocheting, quilting, cross-stitching, sewing, cooking and reading! Some of my most relaxing days are spent organizing my craft shelves and destroying sweaters.
5. What are your favorite fibers to work with?
Julia: I love working with alpaca and cashmere! The feel of luxurious yarn running through your fingers is a feeling that can’t be duplicated!
6. What is your shop name all about?
Julia: My shop was originally started to justify my crafting expenses while I was in college (if I sold some of the yarn from pulling apart sweaters I could both craft and eat!)
7. What made you take that step to go from a finished sweater, back to it’s start as a ball of yarn?
Julia: I first began reclaiming yarn because I found this gorgeous sweater with a hole in it at Goodwill and thought there has got to be a was to go from sweater to yarn… After a few trial and errors I began destructing sweaters to beautiful yarn and a couple of months later, realized I enjoyed taking apart sweaters more than creating something new!
8. Where else on the web can we find you?
Julia has a blog at