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My $1.25 per pound yarn

Newton's Yarn Country is letting go of their yarn overstock at $1.25 per pound, which is basically just the price of shipping. 20 pound minimum. My yarn arrived.

Left to right from top:

Single ply off-white nubby cotton yarn, approx. worsted weight. It has flecks of pastel yarns in it. The sticker says 745 yards - I assume that means per pound.

Cherry and black strands lightly twisted together. Fingering weight. The sticker says: "McBess Industries Acrylic So Lara 2/24."

Variegated gold/pink/light green with fuzzy white chunks on it. Sticker says "Astrodye 60% cotton 40% poly 3000 yards." No size on it, but it's one twisted strand about the same thickness as the yarn labeled 2/24.

Pink, 2 plies that vary slightly in thickness. Sticker says "7/2 Acrylic Pink 4997." This is about fingering weight as well.

Soft medium-saturation blue. Sticker says "Italy PTA 20336 BE A76882 Col 8 Avio 2/28 Flanella" Ultra-fine weight, I guess.

Off-white, 2 ply, fine weight. This cone doesn't have any identifying stickers on it. It feels like cotton or cotton rayon.

Rust. Sticker says "Templon 2/8 100% wool Bittersweet S-07378". Sport weight.

More white, 1 ply, even finer than the blue. Feels like cotton or cotton rayon. Sticker says "Cescion 2 ASPase 2 C 20 LB Section #3 5C SPA 30 lbs"

Sage green. Feels like wool. Sticker says "PDW size 2.8 KEL.5370 FF.ANP orange J60 2/8 9/2 H[3 unreadable characters]SM K92.88"

I'm not used to the machine knitting yarn sizing system, but I found this page that seems to explain it.

If you see something you want, I'm open to swap suggestions.


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Sep. 26th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)
I might be interested in the rust; I have two skeins (at 440 yd/skein) of Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud (plus part of a third) in their "Autumn" if you're interested. It's less yardage than your rust, I'm sure. It's lace weight and although it has a lovely hand I'm hating working with it.
Sep. 26th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sure! But note that the rust is not lace weight.

Why do you hate working with the Alpaca Cloud? Is it sticky?
Sep. 26th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's the lace-weightedness of it; my fine motor control is not the greatest, and working with lace-weight yarn is making me want to throw the project across the room.

In other words, it's not the yarn, it's the knitter. :)

It's a lovely soft alpaca with a slight halo.
Sep. 26th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
ah...i dunno if i can knit lace weight myself, although i did manage to crochet a doily with bedspread weight cotton once, so mebbe. anyway, i'll trade ya if you want! email me at stef at cat-and-dragon dot com
Sep. 26th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
When I get my Newtons order then I'll have a better idea what is swappable. Kevin cranked up the new knitting machine and it is designed for fine yarns. Sock yarn worked beautifully in it.
Sep. 26th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, excellent!
Oct. 2nd, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Got Yarn
We got our yarn- and we ordered another lot. It's perfect for the knitting machine. What are you looking for in trade? I know we have some other stuff besides the Newtons yarn. Wanna come over, bring your toys, and play?
Oct. 2nd, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Got Yarn
I'd love to come over! I have some hard to describe novelty yarn that I was making a vest out of, but I didn't have enough, so I want to find something that goes with it. I'll bring the project.

I'll send you email.
Sep. 26th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Machine yarn description

Of the x/y number, x=ply count and y=thickness. More details at that url.

I've knit with machine yarn a couple of times, and I find it a bit less elastic. That makes it a wee bit harder to knit by hand, but not unpleasantly so.

I also have a knitting machine, which I love because it's so fast, but I dislike because the finishing takes about as long as a hand knit garment, and that's the part of knitting I dislike.

You got a nice bunch o yarn there!
Sep. 26th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Machine yarn description
Thanks for the URL!

karenkay suggested that I wind the yarn into balls first. Did you do that? I figure it might improve the elasticity.
Sep. 26th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Machine yarn description
I've worked with it off of cones and from balls. It depends a lot on your style of working, if you carry it around, the cat factor, and the like.

Elasticity is not going to be affected by rewinding. It's pretty much set in the spinning process.

Machine knitting yarns tend to be a lot more tightly spun than hand knitting yarns because more spin makes them more durable, and less prone to stretch breaking.

As hand knitting is a low tension process, and machine knitting a high tension process, you need different yarn qualities for each type. You can use machine knitting yarn for hand knitting, but often can't use hand knitting yarn for machine knitting.

If you like working with balls, a hand winder is inexpensive and easy to use. I like them because they allow you to pull from the center, reducing the cat attractant factor from the ball rolling.
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Sep. 26th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting me on to the offer!
Oct. 1st, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
how did you go about doing business with these people? Their sale page said to send them email, but they never responded to the email I sent them. :(
Oct. 2nd, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
I think punkmom had the same problem. I placed the order directly through their paypal account, using the NewtonKnits at aol email address. The minimum order of 20 pounds is $25.
Oct. 2nd, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
I did have this problem and using the Paypal with their email address solved this. Once you have gotten that part down, they ship fast and you do get a prompt response from Newton (my last one was "thanks") The yarn is nice and there is enough to complete projects. It is definitely knitting machine yarn, and it's fine gauge stuff. We got our first batch of 60 pounds, and just ordered another 120 pounds. Thanks so much for turning me on to this!!
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