Yarn Design Tips

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


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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