Yarn Design Tips


Tips and tricks for designing your own custom yarn at Yarnia.

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You can now buy metallic lurex by the cone!

***Originally published on February 12, 2014***Whoo boy, this has been a long time coming, and you all have been very patient.  You know how when you come in to the shop and ask us for metallic lurex by itself, we tell you it needs to be combined with at least one other strand so that we can wind it onto a cone?  No longer. We have found a new supplier for our lurex, who sells them on much smaller cones — which means that we can sell them to you without having to wind any off, which takes about a million years on our machine because this lurex is so thin (think 14,000+ y...


Breathe new life into your old stash

We often get customers coming in to the shop having found a steal of a bargain at an estate sale, or having visited Peru years ago and carted back pounds of laceweight alpaca yarn on cones, without any plan for it, but just because it was so cheap! But the problem is, unless you’re a weaver or a spinner, these super amazing finds might not be of much use to you, thin as they are.Unless you wind them together, to thicken them up into a knitting weight yarn. Combine your own coned yarn with itself, or add in some of our strands to bulk it up a little, or give it that extra depth of color that it...


Sort by EITHER Fiber OR Color on CustomYarn.com

Originally published on April 26, 2013We’ve played around with a few different ways of sorting the swatches we have available on CustomYarn.com for you to use in designing your own yarn. When we first launched the site, everything was sorted by color, so that if, say, you knew you wanted to make a shawl in shades of purple, you knew exactly where to look to find the tones you were looking for, and tweak the fibers until you came up with your dream combo. A few months back, I realized I was doing a lot of email consultations with customers who were primarily seeking yarn o...


What’s That Lurex Stuff, and How Do I Use It?

Originally published May 21, 2010You may have seen our shelf of lurex (metallic yarn) here at the store, beckoning with its glitzy allure, and wondered, what could I ever do with that? If you’ve never worked with lurex before, this super-shiny yarn might seem like it would be gaudy, or way too flashy for a delicate, sophisticated project.But the wonder of lurex is that, as garish as it looks on its starter cone, it is so thin that it can add the most subtle, beautiful shimmer to your yarn.  Here’s what adding a single strand can do to a cone of DK weight black-and-blue yarn:This transla...


Machine-Washable Yarns in our Online Shop

Pssst! Did you know that if you’re looking for a machine-washable yarn for a specific project, all those yarns have their own separate section in our online shop?Here’s the easiest way to find them: From the shop homepage, move your cursor over to “Yarn” in the top menu bar. Hover over that word, and a menu will drop down displaying different options for how to shop our yarn selection.Next, hover your cursor over "House Blends." Once you do, you'll see another menu appear that shows all the different types of House Blends you can choose from. At the very bottom of that list you'll see th...


How to Create Semi-Solid or Solid Yarns

Originally published June 14, 2010Solid colored yarn is an oft-forgotten phenomenon at Yarnia; when you can combine colors in so many thousands of permutations, it’s easy to forget that you can keep it simple and create beautiful colorwork by incorporating stripes, fair isle, or alternating colors within the work itself. How does this work?  Well, let’s say you find that perfect shade of teal bamboo that you love, love, love. We can just take that color and make it as thick as you’d like, by winding together multiple strands of the same yarn.  If you don’t want your yarn to...


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