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Yarn FAQs

What are mill ends?

Most of the yarns I sell, particularly my yarns best suited for weaving, originally came from a hosiery mill in North Carolina. The mill either could not use them because they failed to do what the mill wanted them to do, the item the yarn was used for had been discontinued, or the yarn quantity had been depleted too much to complete a production run or group. Once it is decided a manufacturer cannot use this particular yarn any more, they sell them at a reduced price, and I pass this savings on to my customers.

As opportunity presents itself, and as I gain steady customers, I try and not pass up a good opportunity to expand variety and quantity in the yarns I have available for sale.  My most recent opportunity came when a man in Georgia called and said he had a large amount of 100% wool yarn available.  He sent me samples and I purchased 5,000 pounds (on the cone) that I now have in inventory.  If you like wool, this is very nice yarn, very suitable for many weaving projects, and some great for knitting.  There were approximately 20 different yarns in the shipment to choose from can be found on the Wool Yarn page.

I have also been able to acquire the inventory from a two very nice Knitting Yarn Shops that friends had owned, but decided to retire, so I have now expanded beyond Mill Ends.  The bulk of these yarns are well known name brands such as Cascade, Brown Sheep, Rozetti, Universal and others.  I am passing on savings to my customers from my good procurements and offering 20 to 40% off retail for these knitting yarns.  Please go to my Knitting Yarns Page for more information and see some of things I have recently listed.


Single vs. Ply or Plied:

Almost all yarn is made by twisting fiber into a single strand of yarn or thread. The twisting of the fibers locks them together. In this state it is generally not very strong and can be untwisted or pulled apart very easily. When 2 or more single strands are put together it makes them much stronger and relaxes the twist so the yarn can lay flat. It can be woven or knit and stay in a relaxed state.

A single is twisted all in one direction and has a springy energy on its own. When plied with 1 or more other singles the twist is added in the opposite direction to relax and balance out this energy. Sometimes people weave or knit with singles to give a different effect, and use the extra energy as a design element, taking advantage of the texture and/or slant created by the twist being all in one direction.

Fiber content:

Because some of the yarns I sell are mill ends, many of them do not have labels or identification. I do extensive research to try my best to decide what the yarn is made from. The synthetics or man-made fibers are very hard to decipher. Many of my yarns say synthetic for this reason. It is easy to tell if they are man-made instead of natural fibers by doing a burn test on a small piece of yarn, just not so easy to determine which man-made fiber it is.

Cone sizes or weights of cones:

For each particular yarn I carry in the shop, the cone sizes vary. I have no control over this-it is what it is. I am happy to wind skeins or balls of any of the yarns I carry, for a slightly increased price.

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