***Originally published on September 16th, 2011***Warning: things are about to get mathy up in here!This is a question we get all the time here at the shop: How do we figure out the cost of a cone of yarn?Well,
figuring out the price on our house blends is easy — the price sticker
inside the cone is how much that entire 8-oz. cone of yarn costs.
But what if I want to make my own from scratch?Things
still stay pretty simple if you just want to wind off a single strand
of one of our yarns, or if you’re combining multiple strands of the same
fiber, say, to build it up in thickness.Co...
***Originally Published September 10, 2010***I did not begin my knitting career as a follower of patterns. I find this baffling since now, as the owner of a yarn store,
I spend hours each week reading patterns like they are poems, analyzing
them for clarity, coherence, and purpose; wading through hundreds of
possibilities to find the perfect pattern to show off a new favorite
I had no idea. My first year of knitting was spent without a local
yarn store, without Internet, and with a lot of free time. I figured
patterns were an option, rather than the norm.&n...
Originally published on January 7, 2011If
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.
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.
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,
Originally published May 6, 2015I’ve been crocheting a lot of flowers lately! And these are not just
any flowers, these are the flowers that will comprise my good friend’s
bridal bouquet at her wedding this July, which she asked me to make for
her a few months ago. We talked about what kind of flowers she wanted,
picked out a color scheme from the yarns we have here at the shop, and
I’ve been cranking out 2 flowers a week!
Here’s one of the main stars of the show: a peony.
It’s a fun construction (based upon this pattern),
starting in the center and spiraling outward;...
Originally published June 14, 2013Often, when we are working with a customer to build a custom yarn to their specifications, we’ll use a method called “wraps per inch” to determine the weight of the yarn as we build it. This is more reliable than referring to “yards per pound,” because it will yield the same results, no matter what sort of fiber combination we’ve come up with.
To help us out, we have this little cheat sheet on our side of the desk.
What does this mean? Well, let’s say we have a yarn, and we want to find out the yarn weight. Let’s use this house blend, Mum, as an e...
Originally published January 30, 2014One of my good friends is due in April, and after having just finished a crocheted baby blanket for my cousin, I decided I wanted to knit this one. And you know what I haven’t made in forever??A Log Cabin Blanket! So, I wound up five different colors of semi-solid yarn (I used a bamboo/acrylic blend for these — each one is 3 strands bamboo + 1 strand acrylic so they’re exactly the same weight, and they all look nearly solid).
The beauty of log cabin blankets is that — unlike most any other square knitting project, it begins...