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« on: August 12, 2004 10:14:34 AM »

Hello everyone my mom lives in Tacoma Washington and I live in Gillette Wyoming she wants me to make a bunch of blankets and shawls for her friends family in Africa and we are trying to find cheap yarn online we were wondering if anyone knows of a site. I once found a site with cheap yarn but it was months ago and I don't have it under favorites anymore. Please help and thank you.
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hudelei
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2004 01:15:10 PM »

You might be able to get cheap yarn on eBay, if you were willing to put in the time bidding.  Another place I buy yarn a lot is Smiley's Yarns:  http://www.smileysyarns.com/ .  They have a $30 minimum per order, but it sounds like you wanted to buy in bulk anyway.
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2004 04:37:31 AM »

I'm a big fan of www.woolneedlework. com as their prices are much cheaper than all of the places I've visited.  I don't recall a minimum per order, but they have a no exchange/refund policy though.  They sell Berocco, which I love!
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2004 04:43:07 AM »

I almost forgot that I was going to say something about Ebay...

I've tried to buy on Ebay, but there's rarely a good deal on yarn that's more costly.  I'm not sure about the cheaper yarns, but I know that (for example I'll choose a very expensive yarn) Colinette which usually goes for $26 can be found for like maybe $17 a hank, but at woolneedlework.com they'll sell it to you for like $15, so why bother waiting for the auction to end?!  Again, I'm only referring to expensive yarn.  I haven't looked at cheaper yarns like Caron and Red Heart.  One last thing, there are lots of people selling their own hand-dyed yarns on Ebay.  They look yummy, but the only strike against that is they don't tend to sell them in dye lots;  you never know if you buy from them again if the yarn will be the same, or close to it.  The upshot is that they offer some very beautiful yarns for a reasonable price, for being hand-dyed I mean.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2004 09:23:21 AM »

Thank you so much for the links I will email them to my mom when she gets home from her vacation on the 18th. She is wanting me to make several blankets an shawls as presents for Chirstmas.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2004 10:10:47 AM »

I'm glad to hear about woolneedlework.com.  It's amazing how hard it is to find the good yarn sites except by word of mouth! 

I actually found a rugmaker on eBay a few months ago who had apparently bought lots of yarn in bulk and some of it was not suitable for the kinds of rugs she made.  She was unloading it cheap (CHEAP!) but of course, you couldn't be sure what you were getting.  Some of the yarn I got from her was absolutely gorgeous, but I haven't a clue of the fiber content, washing instructions, gauge I can expect it to work up at, or anything.  It has meant some experimentation, to say the least, and I have to say, I don't find too many offers like that on eBay and to find them I have to be having one of my major bouts of insomnia and be spending way, way too much time there!

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2004 01:20:31 PM »

I can agree with what you're saying.  I've rarely found a good deal and I've yet to actually win one!  And you're also right about those grab bags.  They aren't for crocheters or knitters, more for people who do rugs and things.  You never know what you're getting or how to care for unlabeled yarns.  I like woolneedleworks because they have a great selection of mostly mid-priced yarns for less money.  It's worth a look at before your next purchase.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2004 08:12:12 AM »

I checked out elann.com too.  I'd been there once before, but I went back to take another look.  You're right.  They DO have some good deals.  I'll be looking there a little more often from now on.  Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2004 05:31:25 AM »

I just ran across another good source for yarn (and they have a bargain bin!):

http://www.discountyarnsale.com/index.htm

I haven't actually ordered from them (I think I found the site somehow a month or two ago, bookmarked it, and forgot about).

There are a couple of things you have to know about their policies though, and the first is that they seem to sell in multiple-skein quantities, so this might not be the place to go to find a skein or two for a scarf.  They've got a $30 minimum order too.  What this would be ideal for would be stocking up on yarn for a larger project. 

Just looking a few minutes ago, I saw everything from Red Heart and Lion Brand to Knit One Crochet Too and Himalaya recycled silk.  It's worth a look.
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2004 09:05:05 AM »

Hey Dew..

Also.. try "Webs" online.. very cheap warehouse in Massachusetts (Amherst area)... sells bundles and big skeins as well...

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