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« on: April 01, 2009 03:08:02 PM »

I see deals on Ebay where mill end yarns for brand name yarns (e.g., mill ends for Simply Soft) are offered at great prices.

I'm working on a large afghan project, and am also cheap by nature, so buying this instead of at retail prices appeals to me.

What are mill ends?  Are they comparably different than yarn that isn't a mill end?  How do they stack up against each other in quality, color (aside from normal dye lot issues), texture, durability?

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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009 04:49:05 PM »

Mill end yarn is the yarn toward the end of the roll.  There can be variations found from what's sold in the stores vs mill end, like thinning or thickening of the yarn, burn marks, changes of color etc.......But heck I think we've all seen these things in what they consider store worthy too. 
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009 05:26:20 PM »

I made an entire afghan from mill ends for my nephew and his new wife and had no problems at all.  I had been cautioned against mill end yarn because it can be varying lengths and other problems but I purchased 15 balls, all the same, and had no problems with the 11 I actually used.
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BoxOfRocks
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009 06:38:37 PM »

Thanks!  So it sounds like mill ends are pretty viable.  If there's a thickness problem or burnt portion, I'll just cut that portion off.  The project I'm working on consists of a bunch of squares, so if there's a color difference, I could arrange the squares where variations are less noticeable.

There can be variations found from what's sold in the stores vs mill end, like thinning or thickening of the yarn, burn marks, changes of color etc.......But heck I think we've all seen these things in what they consider store worthy too. 

Ain't that the truth.  I am working on a different project using Lion Brand Homespun and multiple times I have seen odd thickening, thinning, or noticeable dye lot changes in the middle of the actual skein. 
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2009 06:55:31 PM »

I have a ton of mill ends that I bought awhile ago and have found no problems with them. I have made several blankets with it and have enough to make quit a few more. I got this yarn really cheap and would have never gotten the same amount of yarn for the price I paid.
The only problem I have had is not being able to remember the colors names.
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