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« on: April 26, 2005 07:33:54 AM »

I just received some yarn of dubious provenence.
I have 2 kinds, both by Coats Ancora - Palto(85%cotton, 15% viscose, made in Italy, 22sts, 32 rows/4"(article #F1900)) and Medar (58% rayon, 27% acrylic, 9%cotton, 6% linen, made in France, 21sts, 27 rows/4" (art no. F4900)). both are in 50g balls.  Probably purchased in Canada

Has anyone seen either of these before?  Or know where I can get more info on them?  Or a good way to estimate yardage? The yarn labels don't list yardage, if I had that I'd happily dive into some project.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2005 09:39:58 AM »

I did a little looking and can't find that particular yarn on the few vintage lists I know of.  I, too, have vintage yarns I know little about.  I'm biding my time.  In any case, I did just see a tip on Knitty Gritty the other day, for what to do if you don't know how many yards you've got.  This would be especially helpful if you'll have to rewind the yarns anyway, but if you only have to do one skein, then it won't be so bad even if they're already in pull-skeins.  Just get a piece of good, stiff cardboard and cut it to 18" long, then wrap the yarn around and count how many loops you've got and there's your yardage.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005 12:27:51 PM »

Thanks for trying, Loth - where do you look for the info, anyway?

Oh, and I remembered, my mom gave me a yarn balance for Christmas, which I now have an excuse to use - so I should soon have a yardage estimate without having to rewind a whole ball of yarn.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2005 02:50:51 PM »

Well, www.yarndex.com is pretty good for more modern brands, but they're still incomplete as far as most brands from even the latter half of the 20th century if they aren't still around.  Er, what I mean is, even if a yarn is discontinued, sometimes long since, if it's by a brand that is still in business, you'll probably find it at Yarndex.  But, if the company is no longer in business, even if the yarn is only 10 years old, no such luck.

I've had reasonably good luck with a list a fellow yarn-lover complied. 
http://www.vintageknits.com/vintyarn1.html

That particular link was also featured in an article in Knitty from the Winter 03 issue, about yarn substitutions.  I think the gal also mentions a CD Rom you can purchase that lists tons of info about discontinued yarns.

And my my, isn't that little yarn balance just the darndest thing!
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2005 04:53:28 PM »

It is!  I now know that each ball of the Palto is about 93 yards and the medar is 132!
It's the coolest thing ever - I love the yarn balance.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2006 01:18:09 PM »

I know I come late to the party, but the yarn shop I used to work at (and I'm assuming other yarn shops have them, too) had what we called "the magic book." And it listed yardage gauge and so on for TONS of yarns of various vintages. This came in handy when I got some patterns from ebay. If your yarn store doesn't know what you're talking about, let me know and I'll call them to see what the "actual" name is.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2006 01:04:08 AM »

sorry to warm up an old thread, but:

i have a vintage yarn called Bellmans Wonder 4 ply crepe, 50g, 80% wool, 20% nylon

i have not been able to find information on this yarn anywhere. now, the tricks given here are all fine, but i was wondering if anyone had come across this yarn before and could just tell me the approx. yardage? i have checked the two websites given above ^^ but had no luck.

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