On the yarn crawl a couple of weeks back we fell in love with this upcycled t-shirt yarn we bought at BAH! Yarns in Washington. Natalie and I thought we would both do a knit along with the yarn. Well, that didn't happen. Natalie is deep in knitting vintage acrylic yarn into "tushie cushies" for her dogs. I wanted a quick knit so I decided to make mine. I followed the pattern and was surprised to find that three spools was not enough to finish the pattern. I modified the pattern, and though I liked the basket, it wasn't quite what I had in mind. I swiped Natalie's spools and tired again. I made a smaller basket/bag which I liked much better. I gave Natalie the first try basket and kept the second round market bag for me.
I really do love the idea of making yarn out of old t-shirts, I googled "t-shirt yarn" and found several links as to how to make your own yarn. I liked this one ( http://www.craftpassion.com/2009/05/recycle-tutorial-making-of-t-shirt-yarn.html ). I think this yarn would make great bags and rugs. The yarn is a little hard to knit with, I would use slick needles. I also found dpns to be really impossible to use with this particular pattern. Circular needles are the way to go. So to the t-shirts in my my wardrobe I say beware of an upcycle.