Feb
06
2011

  Ebay Yarn On Cones

I learned something valuable from the knitting workshop today from the other ladies attending (vs the instructor). Several of them had yarn on cones. I've seen thread on cones, but this was the first time I'd seen yarn on cones. Perhaps this is no big revelation to experienced knitters, but I'm still fairly new at this, so it's big news for me.

Larger projects (adult garments) have tended to put me off because they require so many skeins of yarn, and yarn-shop yarn, while beautiful, tends to be expensive. So a garment's yarn cost will frequently be over $150. Which wouldn't have been a deal-killer when I had no kids and T was pulling down an executive's salary. But it's a deal-killer now. Especially when I am not 100% confident that I'll even have the time or patience to finish an adult garment.

But one of the ladies had a cone of gorgeous cashmere yarn, and she had gotten it inexpensively on ebay. It seems that the yarn factories often make yarn from the scraps and fuzz and stuff that flies off their first-quality yarn during production. And while it's not nearly as refined as the yarn-shop yarn, it's still nicer than synthetics, and very cheap, relatively. Another lady had a cone that was a blend of just about everything (cotton, linen, silk, wool) but it looked very pretty and felt nice, too. And these cones of yarn are generally available on ebay. Who knew?

Even though the local shop is giving 10% to all students this weekend, the linen yarn they have in stock is over $35 per skein, and I'd need 5 or 6 skeins for a skirt. Ain't gonna happen. But I looked on ebay, and although the auctions aren't ending until tomorrow, so I'm not sure what the final price will be, it looks like I might be able to pick up a cone of linen yarn with all 1200+ yards that I'll need for the project, for under $30, including shipping. That is a definite possibility. Sure, it's not going to be silky and beautifully dyed like the yarn shop stuff. It's a natural linen color, and from the photo seems a little rustic. But linen gets softer and fluffier with each wash, and it can take machine-drying, too, so I'm willing to take a chance. Besides, I'm not going to be making anything delicate for myself for the next few years, anyway. If it can't hold up to little hands grabbing and pulling it, it ain't coming out of storage or into my closet until the boys are a little older and have a modicum of self-control.

By then, I will by dying to wear beautiful delicate lacy feminine things again. I'm already a little impatient to get back to that. But every time I see a new grease spot I didn't notice in time to treat on my sweatpants or T-shirt courtesy of W, I sigh that yet another article of clothing has been rendered fit only to wear around the house (or under a coat that I don't take off, like when running errands), and am glad it wasn't anything nicer that got ruined. So if my first attempt at skirt-knitting winds up being a house-skirt only, that's fine with me. Our instructor today warned us that our first skirt might not flatter us they way we imagined, and we'll have to adjust until we find a design that's just right for us.