Overrated Yarns

26 Jun

So, I had posted my rant about Malabrigo

This time, it’s gonna be about the other cult faves – Wollmeise and Madelinetosh.

Not to sound like a pompous snob, but hey, at this point in my life, I think I’m allowed to judge yarn (move over Clara Parkes! I’ve got a good 13,000 skeins of yarn and 200 cones in my stash. How about you?)

And while my experience with Malabrigo was less than perfection (I have used the Worsted Merino, Chunky, Finito, and Lace versions as well as its 100purewool cousins, so I did get an overall feel for the yarns), the Wollmeise and Madelinetosh experience was actually not too bad.

The yarns I encountered was Wollmeise Dk and Wollmeise Pure; Madelinetosh Tosh Sock, Pashmina Worsted, Tosh Merino DK.

Here are my rather brief reviews:

Wollmeise: substantial feel, solid colorway that looks almost factory dyed, soft and tightly spun base. Overall, a very nice yarn but I can’t quite see why there’s a rabid fan base. I admit that it’s a really high quality yarn but don’t really see why there’s such a high premium. Nonetheless, if you come across a destash/ yard sale that has any of the Wollmeise yarns, don’t hesitate to snatch them up. High quality through and through. No dyes coming off onto your fingers while knitting and no dyes leeching onto lighter colored yarns when washed. Whatever this Claudia (the dyer) is doing, she’s doing a good job.

Madtosh Socks

Madelinetosh: TOTAL HYPE. There, I said it. The dyes aren’t set correctly and some of the yarns pill like crazy (Pashmina series), almost to the point of Malabrigo. At your price point, what’s your excuse? My god, America, are you this dumb to get suckered into buying overpriced yarn? There are SO many indie hand dyers out there deserving your $$$ and this brand ain’t it. You might balk at this statement and wonder how many yarns I have actually used to give such review. How about 20 skeins? Is that enough of a test run? I made a ton of mini skeins to sell off after using a certain yardage for my scrap yarn scarf project. Lo and behold, many of these suckers bled like crazy. I don’t care if your yarn colors are beautiful – set your colors so they don’t bleed onto other yarns. Your prices sure don’t justify this nonsense. Maybe I’m just a cranky knitter who doesn’t like seeing one company monopolize the hand dyeing market.

The electric double ended bobbin winder

8 May

Continuing from the last post, I wanted to explain why I bought this machine. Normally, it is a device that is used to wind bobbins/spools for spinning and/or weaving. And we don’t have to get into any more detail than that because I do not partake in either of those activities. I’m strictly a knitter and not counting those bouts of dyeing yarn, I don’t stray into other fiber arts. Knitting and knitting only.

So what prompted me to plunk down a good chunk of money for this? Well, it started with cobweb silk cones of yarn that I had purchased online a few years ago…

DBNY (that’s Discontinued Brand Name Yarn, for those not in the know) had these cobweb Botto Poala cones of spun silk at discount prices and I thought to myself, ‘Hey, I’ll just wind those up in multiple cones and hold them quadruple stranded.’ Well, I found out that this cobweb weight yarn was SUPER thin, as in 2/100 count. (that would be approximately 5500 yards/100g. Holy crap!!!!! Yeah, let’s scream together.) In order for me to get fingering weight, I would need 10-12 strands held together. Ridiculous, I know, but hey, I don’t give up that easily. 10 cones it is, gosh darn it. I took to hand winding a cone and then another. Did I mention just those 2 cones took me about 6 weeks? My arms were about to fall off and I still had 8-10 more cones to go. As a bonafide yarn lover, I normally revel in these things. But this was beyond ridiculous. I’ll keep winding off the yarn onto another empty cone (or toilet paper cardboard roll if I ran out of actual cones) for a good 20 minutes and then realize I barely made a dent.

Off to the back of the closet they went (along with the remainder of the stash that won’t see daylight for another decade or so…) until one day I came across a Youtube video that used an electric drill to wind up yarn onto spools. Yeah, they weren’t cones but i was willing to give it a shot.  I dragged out my husband’s tools from the garage and off I went to finally wind these up. Well, it didn’t go so smoothly and about 1 minute in, I was already having trigger-finger fatigue. There was no way in hell, I’d be able to wind these super thin yarns onto a spool this way without hurting my index finger. So much for that.

Not too long ago, I received a bug damaged cone of extra fine merino cone of light laceweight yarn and the winding was brutal, I tell ya. I noticed broken strands on the cone and figured I’d just wind off the single cone onto multiple cones and this took FOREVER!

I thought to myself, ‘There has got to be another way. No way that there isn’t some device out there.’

So I went and did what normal person does these days: I Googled the shit out of the thing.

Result: Turns out there’s a cone winder adapter for double ended bobbin winders. Too bad that these electric winders from Schacht or Leclerc cost $275-365 and then another $60-80 for the adapters. (not to mention the extra postage) Did I really want to spend $350-440 to wind a couple of cones of yarn? Nope.

And this is where E-bay kicks in. Some entrepreneurial folks have gone and rigged up their own system by doing the woodwork themselves and tacking on a sewing machine motor (w/foot pedal) for a lot less. Did I mention a cone adapter was included? Hells yeah!

And, E-bay wanted to kickback 5% of sales that day. Well, no brainer there. Bought for $189, free shipping, 5% kickback, and I figured I’ll destash the thing after I’m done. No sweat.

So, I present to you the glorious cone winder that will save my shoulders and joints! Ta- dah!\

I’ve been winding off all my laceweight cones onto multiple cones and it’s fun watching it spin like crazy. The only downside is that the motor is small and gets overheated very quickly, especially with super thin yarns. I usually wind only 1-2 cones at most and then let it cool for an hour or two. But so far, so good. More cone yarns, here I come!

Surviving Jetlag (My brief trip to Korea)

8 Apr

Fresh off the plane (ok, not really, since it’s been 5 days) from my 2 week trip to Korea, I’m still walking kinda dazed from jetlag. Normally, it would only take me a few days to adjust to the 16 hour time difference but right now, my 22 month old with a bad case of cold/flu is not cooperating with me. Going to bed at 3-4 am and getting up at noon is no fun.

Regarding my trip, it was to visit my parents who haven’t seen my boys for 2 whole years so despite the rather large chunk of change we spent on airfare (let’s just say it cost an equivalent of a few thousand skeins of yarn. Ouch!) it was worth it. We got to eat lots of great food, meet some old friends and relatives and just hang out in what must have been the longest streak of sunny days I’ve seen. (turns out Korea is having its worst drought ever so I guess the sunny weather was a bad thing….)

And regarding knitting and yarn…well…I did get to finish knitting a hat while sitting in the subway but I did not get a chance to make it out to DDM (Dongdaemun), the ultimate craft mall I told you about before. My parents, who used to live smack dab in the middle of Seoul (that’s right; we were Gangnam Style) kept moving further and further away from the city to their current home, located waaaaaay out there. (I mean, no subway access?!!!) It did only take me a bit over an hour to get to DDM when I took the express bus last time but it’s a whole other beast with 3 kids. (and no, I was not gonna ask my parents to watch all three of my rambunctious kids to go yarn shopping all day. You can imagine their expression if I told them that)

I had wanted to buy a buttload of cones from a vendor that sells industrial millends for cheap but oh well. (most cones he sells goes for about $2-3/100g. Even for really nice stuff like Italian spun extra fine merino and silk blends. Yeah, tempting.) Perhaps next time, (if there ever is a next time….)

Per usual, I arrived home to find several packages (not all yarn, mind you) as well as the accusing stare my husband gave me. I opened them up to show him that most of them were not yarn. (ha! that’s right. A book! And a mini tripod for your smartphone! And a funky looking machine, which happens to be a motorized double ended bobbin winder……

what is this contraption?!

Now, what the heck is a double ended bobbin winder and what is yarnphreak doing with it? Next blog post! Stay tuned!

Mini Skeins (Weight vs Yardage)

6 Mar

Today I want to talk about mini skeins because that’s what I’ve been up to for the last two weeks. Making lots and lots of mini skeins. Why, you ask?

Well, I was able to find a great price on Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn, which normally retails for $25-27/skein and bought a bunch, with the intent to finish my Linen Stitch scarf that I had begun two years ago in my attempt to use up sock yarn scraps. Who knew that it ate yarn like crazy and who knew that I wouldn’t have enough scraps? Me, the queen of yarn hoarding not have enough yarn? I know, right?

Anyway, I bought something like 18 skeins of all different colors. (yes, I know you’re doing the math in your head and thinking….that’s like $400!) Yes, it was a lot of money to drop on yarn but my plan was to wind off whatever odd amount I needed from each skein and destash the rest of the yarn by making mini skein sets, thereby offsetting the cost a bit.

Little did I realize it was gonna be so much work, not to mention that there is no set amount regarding how big a mini skein is supposed to be. Some people do 5g, some do 15 yds, 40 yards, 50 yards, 10g and so on and so on. I couldn’t decide what would be the most appealing. (mind you, the goal is to get rid of these yarns asap so I could recoup some of the cost) So, I took a poll on Ravelry and the winner was…..25yds. That’s my preferred size too, because it enables those Hexipuff lovers to make 2 Hexipuff with each mini skein since each puff takes approx 10-12yds.

Some folks wrote in to say that they prefer 5g or any of the skeins that go by weight instead of yardage because it’s more accurate than winding on a niddy noddy due to tension issues. That got me thinking…..

Unless one invested in a jeweler’s scale (aka drug dealer scale), most digital scales that we own do not go into decimal points for grams. That means a huge variation as far as yardage is concerned. Anything from 4.55 – 5.45g would show up on the scale as 5 grams. In a fine yarn like fingering weight sock yarns, that’s a difference of 3.6 yards. Yeah, that’s a lot, especially in such a small size skein. We’re talking 18% variation! (that’s like getting a 41g ball when the ball band says 50g. If this happened with a commercially made yarn from a LYS, you can be sure I’d march in there with burning torches)

So, what is this tension issue that was discussed regarding mini skeins sold by yardages? Well, it just means that depending on how tightly the yarn was wound on a niddy noddy (or a chairback), there would be variation in the length because yarn is so stretchy. If you took a yard of yarn, laid it on the floor and measured it, it would be a slightly different length when measured taut. But would this variation be more or less than the 18% (from using the not-so-accurate scale)?

No way to find out unless I tested it out, right?

So I wound up my Tosh Sock 25 times on a 1 yd niddy noddy as tightly as humanly possible. I couldn’t even peel the yarn off from the niddy noddy so I literally had to unwind the whole skein. Normally, I wouldn’t wind any of my yarns this tight but I wanted to see what the difference in yardage would be for a tightly wound skein vs a loosely wound skein.

Super tight skein

Next, I took that very same “25 yd” skein and wound it super loosely on the same niddy noddy. This time, the yarn was barely hanging on and was practically slipping off the niddty noddy. Once again, I don’t normally wind this loose but all for science, I tell ya!

Loose as goose skein

What was the difference? Drum roll please…….3.7yds. Hmmm… that’s about the same as the scale!

So, what is the conclusion here? Well, I’d like to think the actual variation from skein to skein when wound on a niddy noddy would be closer to 1.5 yds because I do not wind super tight nor super loose. (i went back and wound the same skein on the same niddy noddy using my normal tension and came within 1.5 yards of the super tight skein.)

As for those people who use the scale to make their mini skeins, can you measure your yarn closest to 5g? Would you know if it was 4.6 or 5.4?

Well, here’s my solution: wind up all the mini skeins into 25 yards and weigh all of them to double check that the weight falls in the 7g range. Double the work, but it doesn’t take more than a few minutes and it’s a peace of mind knowing none of them are totally off. Now, back to the grind….(or shall I say “wind”?)

12,000 skeins and counting…

12 Feb

So, how have folks been for the last few months? Getting much headway on your New Year’s Resolutions?

As for me, I’ve been busy knitting more and spending less time on Ravelry. I mean, not by a whole lot but still, I’m making headway as far as finishing projects is concerned. And of course, I’ve been yarn shopping.

Yesterday, I got curious as to how much I actually had. Since I’ve got 99% of my stash uploaded onto my Ravelry page, it didn’t take long for me to figure out exactly how many skeins I had. (if you didn’t know about the Excel spreadsheet function on Ravelry’s yarn page, I suggest you check it out. It’s an awesome tool to keep your out-of-control yarn inventory in check)

Well, the final tally….drumroll please……12,000 skeins(!!!!)

12,000 skeins? OMFG!

Uh-oh.

In the course of a year or so, I somehow amassed 1500 skeins. WTF? That didn’t make much sense to me. So I backtracked and tried to see where the sudden surge in numbers occurred. Turns out, I was deluding myself previously by entering all my cone yarns as 1 skein. Technically, it is one skein, right? But c’mon now. Considering most of my cones weigh anywhere from 2-4 pounds, they should not be counted as single skeins. So when I finished adding all my cone yarns that were previously not entered into my Rav stash page and accounted for them appropriately (i.e a 1kg cone would be entered as an equivalent of 10 skeins), the skein total shot up big time, despite my multiple destash attempts.

And I won’t lie – I did accrue some yarns on the way too (Ravelry destashes, Craftsy, minkyarn.com, Knit Picks, etc)

So, my goal for the next several months is to get that 12,000 down to a more reasonable 10,000 (relatively speaking! Yes, I know that number is no where near reasonable for most people), which is why I started Round 1 of my destash. Here’s the plan:

  • Round 1: Hand-dyed Yarns, lux yarns, and thinner yarns in skein form (I don’t have time to set up my swift/yarnwinder and cake these up)
  • Round 2: Bulky yarns (knitting with fat needles seem to hurt my wrists and elbow)
  • Round 3: Undyed yarns (I got rid of a ton a few months ago but still have quite a bit left)
  • Round 4: Random skeins that I’ll group into heavily discounted grab bags
  • Round 5: Cottons and acrylics (I don’t have a ton of these but still, no sense in holding onto them when I know I won’t be knitting with them)

I posted the destash today on Ravelry and got several people commenting that selling a whole 41 skeins won’t even put a dent in the 12000. True, but I like to parse stuff out little by little. Doing an overhaul is too chaotic and many people hit decision fatigue when they’re faced with too many choices so I’m using a bit of marketing psychology here. Hey, gotta start somewhere right? One step at a time. And mind you, you won’t see a single ball of yarn in sight when you walk into my house (because they’ve been relegated to one room + attic) so I guess it’s not causing problems for anyone else.

Let the stash down begin!

Merry X-mas! Happy Holidays!

24 Dec

Our family is not Christian and do not celebrate any of the holidays in December but I still want to wish you all a happy end of the year holidays. The big day for us is New Year’s Day so we’re all flying over to Phoenix, AZ where my in-laws are spending their winter. (they have multiple houses. Don’t ask.) Did I mention that end-of-the-year airplane tix prices are mucho inflated? I’m talking $2700 for a family of 5 (not including an under 2 year old who gets to fly free because she’ll be sitting in my lap)?

Anyway, what I want to talk about in this post is the holiday sales. Knitting specific, of course.

  • WEBS (yarn.com) is having their end-of-the-year clearance sale. I almost bought some stuff, until I realized I would have to pay postage, which I loathe. So I passed, cuz hey, I’ve got tons of yarn already.
  • Knit Picks has a mystery grab bag promotion right now, with coupon code: MYSTERY, where you receive a bag of mystery yarn (mostly Brava, their 100% acrylic yarn) with $35 purchase. They’re running a lux yarn sale at the same time so if you need some nice yarns for the new year, now’s your chance. For some reason, the code wouldn’t work for me, so I took it as a sign that I shouldn’t buy anything. (here’s hoping they have a nice sale after X-mas)
  • Jimmy Beans Wool typically has Madtosh and other nice yarns heavily discounted during Black Friday and post-Christmas on their Wool Watcher
  • Paradise Fibers has a free shipping deal going on until the end of the year. Coupon code:DECSHIP
  • NordicMart has all the Drops/Garnstudio alpaca and alpaca blend yarns for 25% off

That’s about it for now. I’ve been pretty out of the yarn sale info these days since I’m trying to destash. Forgive me for the lack of info. At least you can stay away from spending more money, right?

My Brief Encounter With Dyakcraft Darn Pretties

15 Dec

So you’ve heard of yarn snobs. Well, have you heard of needles snobs? It’s those folks who look down on factory manufactured needles and insist that artisan/handmade stuff is best. (if you’ve read my previous posts, you know how i feel about that.) In that category, you’ve got Dyakcraft needles for wood, Signature Needles for metal, and Blackthorn needles for carbon fiber DPNs. And yes, they are all really pricey.

Despite my love of trying all things new, I do have a mental budget and just could not for the life of me spend that kind of money, fully knowing that I’ve already got enough needles for a sweatshop of knitters. I mean, $342 for a small set of DPNs? Are you out of your freakin mind?! (yes, that’s how much a Signature Needle DPN set costs)

Well, I wasn’t gonna back down that easy. An interchangeable set from Dyakcraft was a relatively affordable $150. Sure, the wait time was 12 months but they didn’t require payment until the item was ready to ship so I figured, what did I have to lose?

Fast forward 12 months (that would be last December), and I had in my hands my very own “snooty” needles. Hahaha!

Dyakcraft Darn Pretties – They took a darn long time getting to me!

The needle case that came with it was cute but totally useless and despite the gushing reviews on Ravelry by Dyakcraft fanatics, I wasn’t floored by these needles. Yes, they were nice and smooth with almost seamless joins and all but what can I say? I had big expectations and these were just ok in my opinion. Sure, they were better than the Knit Picks needles, but they also cost 3-4 times as much and waiting 1 year for needles is just plain ridiculous.

Since I tend to save the nice stuff, just in case I might wear the needles out, I used the Darn Pretties all of twice, to knit sample swatches.

Fast forward another 8 months and bam! Rutland PlyWood, which supplied the rainbow colored Dymondwood to Dyakcraft, had a huge fire and could no longer supply the wood. All of a sudden, more people were scrambling for the Darn Pretty needles, now that it was clear Dyakcraft would no longer take orders. (no wood = no needles)

Normally, I hoard stuff. Yes, I hoard a lot of yarn and then some. I probably would have held onto my Darn Pretties feeling smug that I had what others couldn’t buy. But, no. That wouldn’t be fair. And my ever dwindling bank account balance wouldn’t be too happy about that either. So I let them go at a fair price – what i paid (i probably could have jacked up the price and left with quite a profit but that’s not my game). The whole transaction, from posting the sale with pics to answering interested messages to receiving the money took all of 3 minutes. Yeah, they sold like hotcakes. Whoever you are, enjoy the needles!

Now as for those Signature and Blackthorn DPNs….anyone want to lend me theirs so I can test drive them?

Yarn Dyeing with Food Safe Dyes

6 Dec

I’ve been rather busy lately (no, not because of Thanksgiving and its subsequent discount sales, although I must say that I did partake in a few of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals that were simply too good to pass up…)

For the month of November, I was spending a lot of time perfecting my home dyeing skills in order to do a presentation for my local knitting guild. Yep, I did something called “Yarn Dyeing with Food Safe Dyes,” where I did a demo of simple acid dyeing techniques using Kool-Aid, food coloring, and red onion skin water (which I had prepared at home in advance). Since many indie dyers come to the our knitting guild to speak and talk about their yarns but never discuss in detail HOW their yarns are dyed, I figured ‘Hey, let’s see how those are dyed live! Can’t be that hard…I dye them at home all the time!’

Well, the dyeing and demo was pretty easy. But the logistics of bringing all the supplies and trying to accomplish all the dyeing without a kitchen was much more difficult. What amounted to simply bringing a pot of water to boil and dumping yarn and Kool-Aid in required me to bring 3-4 boxloads of supplies and equipment. Yeah, shoulda thought of that. Haha.

Here are some of the yarns from the demo night.

Handpainted using Kool-Aid dyes and then steam set. Pretty clown-barfy, right?

Dyed in a pot with a blend of red, yellow and caramel food coloring with citric acid added later. Came out surprisingly even/solid

Super simple mason jar dyeing result. Just add wet yarn into a glass jar with boiling water and Kool-Aid mixed in. Wait until the water turns clear and voila!

Cone Yarns Pt III – The Brands

5 Oct

Today I’d like to talk about the specific brands behind these cone yarns I buy. I figure, since there’s so little info out there regarding some of these brands that it helps to share what I know.

The Knitting Yarn Companies that Sell Cones

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These you’re well aware of, because you probably own some of these yarns, in skein form.

  • Lion Brand
  • Louet
  • Brown Sheep Company
  • Jaggerspun
  • Noro (yes, they do make cones for weavers)
  • Habu Textile
  • Baruffa/Lane Borgosesia

The Weaving/Machine Knitting Yarn Companies

I try to steer away from any weaving yarns because frankly, they’re coarser/rougher, often used for rugs and even the 100% cashmere yarns tend to be of the lower quality type. (and I know this from experience. Imagine my surprise at having purchased a 100% cashmere yarn just to be left with a really scratchy swatch. WTF?)

  • JaggerSpun
  • Rennie of Scotland
  • Kilcarra
  • Harrisville
  • Barlett Yarns
  • UKI
  • Silk City Fibers
  • Valley Yarns/WEBS

Undyed Yarn Bases (typically sold wholesale only)

  • Amtex/Elitespun
  • Henry’s Attic
  • Ashland Bay
  • Wool2Dye4

Textile Mill Cones

These are the cones from industrial factories where they produce the retail store knits. It could be anything from Chanel to Hugo Boss, Burberry to those no name budget sweaters you find at the Gap. Of course, the cones would not have the brand label but the name of the textile mill.

  • Loro Piana
  • Lora & Festa
  • Cariaggi
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Filati Modesto Biagioli
  • Lineapiu
  • Amicale
  • Natural Fantasy
  • UPW (HK)
  • Barrie
  • Zegna Baruffa/Lane Borgosesia
  • Botto Poala
  • Todd & Duncan
  • Hilaturas Ribe

and these are just the ones I’m aware of (most of these brands I own. Some, like the rustic Harrisville and Barlett Yarns I do not) Take a look at this entire list of Italian textile mills. Knowing that these mills don’t sell yarn to the public, I have no idea how they make their way into private hands (with the exception of Colourmart that sell mill ends from British textile mills). But they have a way of popping up on Ebay and yours truly has been snapping these babies up. (I should mention that I just dropped $1000+ on cone yarns in the last month. Yeah, it’s a bad addiction)

Cone Yarns Pt II – My Love Affair with Cone Yarns

28 Sep

I’ve mentioned it before in several other posts but I really love cone yarns. (don’t know what they are? They’re yarn wound onto cones, typically in large quantities like 1lb+)

smaller cones. lotsa colors!

They were my first yarn purchases and to this day I still buy them why do I love them?

1) They’re economical (it’s like bulk pricing. Since you’re buying a lot, you get a break)

2) Less ends to weave in after you’re done knitting. (only 2 ends to weave in when you’re done with your blanket/afghan. Hooray!)

3) It takes up less space to store (especially helpful when you have as big of a stash as I do)

4) Faster to knit since you don’t have to bother with joining yarn like you do with balls/skeins.

5) You can create any thickness of yarn since most cones are lace/fingering weight. If I hold them 3-6 strands, I can create Dk, worsted, aran, bulky whatever.

Recently, I’ve gone on a cone yarn binge and basically ran my checking account dry buying one too many of these babies. Many were purchased on Ebay by a knitter who decided she didn’t have the space to store all these cones and was destashing her many (and I mean MANY) luxury cone yarns. She lives in NYC so I would imagine storage space is limited. And that brings me to Silk City Fibers.

What’s that, you ask? Well, if you’re a weaver or a machine knitter, I’m sure you’re familiar with them but for the regular knitter, they’re probably unknown. I could count only a handful of times I’ve seen their yarns sold through retail outlet like Elann or Webs. Well, they’re a wholesale only distributor of cone yarns located in a Northern NJ town called Paterson. (If you live in NYC or the nearby suburbs, definitely go check out their monthly Warehouse Outlet Day. It happens once a month – the second Saturday of every month and they sell off their overstock and discount cone yarns for dirt cheap. And while they carry a lot of funky novelty stuff, they also have tons of luxury yarns like merino, silk, and cashmere. In fact, their current special is $50/lb for their 100% Italian spun cashmere. Yeah, you read that right. $50 a pound. If you consider that ho hum wool like Cascade 220 go for about $45/lb, you can really see how low that price is. (100% cashmere in LYSs usually sell for something like $360-$400/lb since they’re typically 25g balls and you’d need to purchase a brick ton to get a full pound. pretty insane, right?)

I was told by someone who’s been to the warehouse that you can get any of their yarns off their regular inventory when you go there. Considering they only sell wholesale and would require something like a 300lb+ purchase to get those prices, I think it’s something to take advantage of if you live nearby. (Kinda out of the way for me, seeing as I live in Oregon but hey, I used to live in NJ and pass by Paterson all the time. Too bad I didn’t knit back then and didn’t even know the existence of Silk City Fibers.)

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