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December 21, 2000

Like people, yarns can be misleading if taken at face value.

My storage is filled with yarns that looked delicious but proved mighty unsavory once I tried to work with them. And likewise, the yarn I review this week appeared rather scratchy and bland until I started knitting with it. After its first wash, it positively blossomed.

Experience Counts

It just serves as a reminder that beauty is only skin deep, especially in the yarn world. You really need to dig deeper and draw from your own instinct and experience when picking yarns. Merino will never behave like cotton, no matter how hard you try.

Yarns for the Budget-Conscious Knitter

As promised, this week I also bring you a compilation of top online sources for inexpensive yarns. Take a look and let me know if I've left out your favorite.

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Happy holidays!


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Yarn Review:
Personal Colors and Professional Quality in Tregellys Yarn

Tregellys Fiber Farm yarnTregellys Fiber Farm yarn
Sometimes the best things in life are also the simplest ones, like a basic tomato sauce or strong cup of tea. In the yarn world, you'll find simple perfection in the 2-ply worsted-weight wool/mohair blend from Tregellys Fiber Farm in Hawley, Massachusetts.

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Online Guide:

Where to Find Inexpensive yarns

skeins for under a buck!
You don't need to rob a bank to work with good materials. Here's a list of online resources where you'll find yarns at prices that won't drain your pocketbook.

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