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« on: November 22, 2009 06:09:42 PM »

Hi, I don't knit very much, I've just been practicing some stitches lately... And, well I was at the thrift shop and found this super cute yarn.. I'm just curious if this sort of yarn has a name.. I'd really appreciate your help! So I can find more like it. Thank you! Cheesy

This yellow one makes me think of egg yolks with umbilical cord things... lol it's still nice though.. Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009 01:36:58 PM »

Does anyone know?  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009 07:51:20 PM »

It's rather hard to tell just from the pictures- after all, there's a lot of different sorts of yarn out there.  Do you know what kind of fiber it is?

« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2009 02:32:06 PM »

I don't know. I thought maybe it would be named by the style.. Based on appearance rather than just the materials used.. lol.  Tongue
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009 08:06:19 PM »

As Corvus corax said, it is kind of hard to tell the name of type of yarn from the photographs.

From what I can tell, it looks like an acrylic yarn, from the sheen...If it is an acrylic variety, it shouldn't shrink and it won't have the same "care problems" that one might encounter with wool or natural fibers, however, if you were looking to use it for felting, it wouldn't be very helpful.

It looks to be about fingering weight, which would make it good to use for socks, lightweight sweaters, and/or baby sweaters and blankets, unless it is of a scratchy texture, then it might not be so useful, but to me it looks kind of fluffy.

It is really hard when buying yarn from a thrift store, or flea market/garage sale/etc. I pick up a lot in those places, because it is usually really affordable and you can find some pretty unusual things there. Unfortunately yarn you pick up from these places can be older, making them discontinued or no longer found, especially if in a thrift shop, it comes from someone who has had the yarn around for many years.

Sometimes even if you know the brand name of the yarn and the lot number, you will have great variations in the dye between one batch and another. The best thing you can do, if you'd like to buy additional skeins of that yarn, would be to bring the yarn with you to a knitting supply store, and ask the people who work there if they carry anything similar to it. They might be able to find a similar yarn, or if not, they might be able to direct you to another store, or a website or manufacturer that carries something similar.

Sorry I couldn't be more specific in figuring out a brand or type of yarn. I hope this was at least a little helpful to you...best of luck!
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