How Much Does a Cone of Yarn Cost?

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Originally published on January 7, 2011

If you’ve been into the shop, you’ve probably noticed that we do things a little differently than most yarn shops.  Our shelves are not filled with skeins, nor hanks, nor balls.  We’re all about the cones.

How much does a cone of yarn cost?  Well, that’s entirely up to you, because another main feature that sets Yarnia apart is that we sell our yarn by the pound.

Now, this might seem pretty straightforward if you’re looking for an all-wool yarn, or half a pound of bamboo: figure out how much you need, and multiply that by the per-pound price, right?

But things get a little more complicated when you’re thinking about blending different fibers, as customers often want to do.  And why wouldn’t you?  By mixing wool and silk, you get the best of both worlds — the warmth and economy of wool, with the sleek sheen and luxury of silk.  But, as you may have guessed, wool and silk are pretty far apart on the price spectrum.

Fingerless gloves made from a merino/silk blend

So how do we figure out how much this yarn is going to cost?  You may have noticed us noodling around with this little device before giving you the quote for your custom yarn.

All this is, is a spreadsheet that I designed, way back when we opened, that calculates the final price-per-pound for us — based upon the price per pound, and yards per pound, of each of the “ingredient” yarns you choose.

Let’s say you want to put together this yarn: one strand of white alpaca, a cream-colored merino wool, a regular white wool, and a light blue silk.

All we need to do here is enter the prices per pound and yards per pound (YPP) into each of the rows in our little spreadsheet…

And voila!  It spits out the final price per pound for us there, in the bright blue box, as well as (handily enough) the YPP of the combined yarn (in the orange box).  Now we know that if you want, say, half a pound of this yarn, you’ll be getting 317 yards, and it will cost you $28.82.

Sigh.  I love spreadsheets.


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