Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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Custom Yarn Creator

Absolutely! While we specialize in creating custom yarns by combining multiple plies together, we can certainly provide you with the single plies as-is, in whatever quantity you'd like -- just fill the "Strand 1" box with whatever yarn you'd like and let us know your desired quantity.

The yarn is not twisted, as you may be used to seeing in commercial yarns, but rather wound parallel at an even tension. This usually will give a similar feel to having a twisted, plied yarn, particularly if comprised of clingy fibers like wool and cotton, as you knit with it off the cone.

If you are prone to splitting stitches, you may find that this happens for you more often with this type of yarn, as the individual strands are not plied together. However, this is easy to get used to, and should start to feel natural to your fingers with some practice.

This means that if you're incorporating bamboo into your yarn, there's a good chance that your finished yarn will be thinner than the scale indicates. This is because bamboo is a considerably heavy fiber, and the scale is based on weight ranges for each yarn weight. If you're concerned about achieving a very specific yarn weight (i.e. worsted), we recommend aiming for a slightly thicker yarn than you actually want, if you're using bamboo in the mix.

Shipping will be $6.00 for orders up to 1 lb., $10.20 for orders between 1-3 lbs., and $15.00 for orders over 3 lbs.

Definitely. Check out our New Arrivals page, which is updated each month, for all the newest ingredient yarns in stock.

Yarn Related Questions

Well, a pound of yarn is a lot. If you’re working with a worsted or DK weight yarn for example, a pound of yarn will be about 1,000 yards. If you’re using a very bulky weight yarn it could be only about 400 yards, whereas if you’re a sock knitter, a pound will probably yield about 2,000 yards because the yarn is so much lighter.

While a pound may be in the range you’re going for if you’re embarking on a sweater or a shawl, a pound is usually far more than you’ll need for any small or medium-sized project.

To put it in perspective, you’re probably used to seeing yarn in either small round balls, or more oblong skeins. These smaller balls are typically 50 grams (which is about a tenth of a pound) and the skeins are usually 100 grams (a little under a quarter-pound).

As a baseline, if you’re just shopping for yarn and don’t have a specific project in mind, but want to play around with making your own combination and trying out different colors and fibers together, 8 ounces (half a pound) will give you plenty of yarn to work with, probably with some left over.

No, in fact most of the customers who come in to Yarnia are hand-knitters or crocheters. Certainly machine knitters and weavers will also feel at home among the coned yarns that line the shelves, but primarily the custom yarn winding is catered towards building a yarn that will be appropriate for hand-knitting.

Our inventory here at the shop is constantly turning over as we run out of certain yarns and get new ones in, but these are the materials that we always have in stock for you to choose from as you dream up your own yarn creation: (a swatch sampler of all of these can be found here.)

  • wool
  • cotton
  • bamboo
  • rayon
  • alpaca
  • mohair
  • cashmere
  • linen
  • silk
  • acrylic novelty yarns
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