View Full Version : Woah! affordable, nice yarns...a wool sweater for $20!

02-10-2005, 11:15 PM
I just got an email about this new yarn company, Knit Picks (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_list.aspx?categories='542'&searchType=Category&titleName=KnitPicks). Their simple, natural fiber yarns look very promising, and their prices are amazing!

I'm planning a few sweaters, so here are the ones I'm looking at....

$1.79 --110yard skein of bright colored Peruvian Highland wool (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420103).
My size sweater costs $19.69 to make! This wool sounds like a medium-soft kind of wool. It costs even less if you buy it in simple white (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420101). ($15 for a worsted-weight aran sweater!)

$2.29 --123 yard skein of Merino (http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_Display.aspx?itemid=5420104)!
My size sweater costs $30 to make. In MERINO! It knits up at a smaller gauge than I like to work, but I'm considering it....

Knitter's Review (http://www.knittersreview.com/article_yarn.asp?article=/review/product/050210_a.asp) has a great review of these yarns that's worth checking out. This company has lots of nice looking sock yarns, and alpaca, silk, and I think cotton as well. The only thing I'd be warry of is knitting socks out of their 100% merino sock yarn. I'm sure they'd feel luxurious and great, but I think they'd wear through very fast! They also offer sock yarns with nylon, sounds like a safer bet.

Happy shopping!!!


02-10-2005, 11:23 PM
I haven't gotten my order but I've ordered from them too. I ordered "blank" merino wool b/c I want to try dying it.


02-11-2005, 12:08 AM
I placed an order with this company and am very pleased. Everything came quickly and the yarn is lovely. One of the items that I ordered was the little sheep tape measure & it didn't work. When I called, the woman in customer service was SO nice and had them send out another one to me right away. I didn't have to send the broken one back or anything. It was nice to be treated with trust and respect. I will be a loyal customer now and singing their praises.

02-11-2005, 12:24 AM
Oooh, they have the sheepie tape measure? I saw that on FaeryCrafty's blog....might have to get one! :)


02-11-2005, 12:26 AM
I like the sheep too...LOL.

I noticed they have one of those yarn winders. I saw one on the Joanne's website too. Does anyone use this? Does it work? I haven't even rolled any of my skeins into balls yet! LOL Although...I did try making a center pull ball using the video on here, but I did something wrong...or maybe I had too much yarn at one time..LOL.

02-11-2005, 12:56 AM
I'll never buy a wool-winder, because I just LOVE winding balls for some reason. It brings back fond childhood memories. :)

One video I haven't shot (and never will!), is how I hold the skein: with my knees, sprawled open to keep the tension! It's quite unlady-like, but it sure is convenient! LOL. ;)


02-11-2005, 03:35 AM
Ooh, so Amy can I mail you all my skeins and you can roll 'em into balls for me?

02-11-2005, 02:18 PM
I had a feeling that was coming..... LOL

If I didn't have so much knitting I want to do, I'd say YES! :)

02-11-2005, 02:43 PM
I just ordered some yarn from knitpicks too! I can't wait for it to arrive. I ordered some of the peruvian worsted wool and some of the merino too. I had to stop myself from getting some of the silks. That'll be next time. Does anyone know about this companies practices? Earth friendly, fare trade and alla that stuff?

02-11-2005, 05:53 PM
and I left drool all over my keyboard - ladies, this may be the incentive I need to start a sock project! Affordable yarn that's also good QUALITY!

I nearly go into "panic attack" when I calculate the cost of a sweater using yarn recommended by the local-yarn-shop owner. sorry,but I won't pay $130 for a silk-blend Tank Top only to have it not fit!!! If I'm going to spend that much money on a garment, I will go to Dillards, go straight to the Ralph Lauren collection and try it on first!

Thank the Good Lord for folks like those who started Knit Pick - and for Amy at Knittinghelp.com.


02-11-2005, 10:17 PM
I got my order from Knit Picks already. I bought 3 sk of "blank" wool that I want to try to dye (anyone know a good site with instuctions? Esp with Koolaid or something cheap).

I also bought software called Knitter's Companion. I have Win XP, and the sw was writtin in 2002, but it doesn't work on my computer. I'm going to have to write to them.


02-11-2005, 10:25 PM


02-11-2005, 10:40 PM
Carie, here's (http://www.thepiper.com/fiberart/koolaid/) a great site for Kool-Aid dying. Be sure to check out their handy color chart!

02-11-2005, 10:51 PM
Here's (http://www.planetshoup.com/easy/tips/dyekool.shtml) another Kool-Aid dying site.

02-12-2005, 10:34 AM
Those prices and yarns look great - but unfortunately, they don't ship to Europe. :cry:

Oh well. I don't really need more yarn at the moment (let me repeat that a couple of times to myself: I do not need more yarn, I do not need more yarn, I do not need more yarn.....).

And if the time comes when I can't resist, I might enlist one of my American friends and have it sent to them, so they can ship it to me.

But it's still pretty frustrating! :roll:

02-12-2005, 10:57 AM
lol Bummble

02-21-2005, 02:10 PM
They don't ship to Europe? I can't imagine why?!! I know it costs more to ship, but it seems they could just include that in the price....

Maybe you should email them and suggest it. It seems like a policy they'd consider changing. Really, why turn away business?


02-23-2005, 06:51 PM
They actually have a statement about it on their information page.
Basically, they can't guarantee the same safety and service, so they've decided not to do it.
Which is weird, because Elann.com does ship to Europe, and give you a host of options; ground or air, insured or not insured.

Yes, I might drop them a note some time.

Not now though, because my orders from Elann and Handpaintedyarn have just arrived, there are also 3 skeins of recycled silk from the Hungersite waiting for me at the post office, so for the near future I really have enough yarn! ;-)

02-26-2005, 06:19 PM
Amy -- the colorchart for kool-aid dying is unbelieveable. it is funny how stunning the naturally grey yarns turned out because i never considered it even though i swear by dying brown eggs for easter for better tones.

a few years ago i acquired a couple large bags full of undyed wool yarn from here (http://www.harrisville.com/html/yarns.html) (scroll down, it's the highland) that has been just sitting. i think i am going to try to dye it all. thanks for posting that colorchart link.

03-04-2005, 08:14 PM
Has anyone tried felting any of their wools yet? I might go to the retail store tomorrow (yes, I live about 20 miles away from their only retail store, nyah nyah! :P ) and would like to buy some yarn for some felted slippers. Thought I'd ask since it seems like I trust your words more than anyone else's... :wink:

03-05-2005, 07:27 PM
So my trip to the Knit Picks retail store was a total bust. They only had one bookcase of yarn, and it was non-Knit Picks brands that just didn't sell. I asked a worker there if I was overlooking the yarn area, but she said no, that their demand already outsurpassed their production, so they online sold online. She agreed that the webbsite info was misleading. Hell yeah! It said "come visit the Knit Picks retail store in Vancouver!" I didn't expect to find a quilting store :evil: ! Not that there's anything wrong with quilters, but...mmeh. Anyone, I guess I'll end up ordering it online and having it shipped the 15 miles...so can anyone answer my orginal felting question? Or has no one tried it yet?

03-06-2005, 02:38 PM
Ha. Hi! Amy, you say you enjoy winding balls of yarn. I sort of do but and maybe I already posted this elsewhere, can't remember,
don't you ever want to use a nostepinde? I think they're so cute. Do you feel it's just as easy to do a center pull ball wo one?

Man, I am surrounded by dozens of snowmobilers going up and down and in every direction... crazy today.

03-06-2005, 02:43 PM
Bummer for you masacara! That's too bad about there being no big bunches of yarn to look at. I went to a new ys yesterday after calling to see if they had drop spindles. I'm going to TRY and learn how to spin, yeah.

They said they had spindles. When I got there they had like two horrendous jobbys. I was just about to buy one when I looked at it again & realised it was way too big and heavy & just knew I wouldn't like it. I told the salesperson I changed my mind and this woman teaching a class looked up and said, 'oh yeah, I never ever was able to spin on that thing and I spin a lot'. So, my hunch was right.

BUT! I ended up spending $40 on yarn when I have BUNCHES sitting around waiting. And I have a bad habit of buying one ball of this and one ball of that so I never have enough to make a sweater or afghan which is what I want to do next. grrrrrrr is right

03-07-2005, 09:55 PM
Hey Mascara, I did not see that you had already asked the question about felting and the knitpicks wools. I have not had an answer to my question and I see neither have you yet. :( I was thinking of ordering, but am holding off until I know if it felts well or not.


03-08-2005, 01:30 AM
Isaw on the Knit Picks website that they recommend Wool of the Andes for felting projects, so I suppose I should take their word for it, but I thought I'd ask here since everyone's been buying it. It should be okay thought, since it's 100% natural, you know?

03-08-2005, 02:03 AM
Hey Sara and Mascara, I'm working on a felting project in that yarn right now, the Wool of the Andes yarn. I just finished a test swatch to felt, I should be felting it tomorrow.... I'll let you know how it goes! You two should order the first chance you get, because their selection is dwindeling quickly. They've already pulled two of the colors I ordered off their site, and I just got my order in a week ago.

Victoise, I've never tried one of those thingy-whatsits. They look fun, and pleasant to use though. I'd say I use my thumb exactly like one. The only difference is that the ball turns on my thumb, rather than my thumb turning, if you know what I mean. I tend to buy toys like that and then not use them because I don't have them handy when I need them. So now I try not to buy things unless I know I'll really use it, and keep it nearby.


03-08-2005, 03:14 PM
Oh wow :happydance: <-those emoticons are too much

Sitting on my desk right here in front of me NOW is ta da:
the first center pull ball I EVER DID! Thanks to you Amy!
I watched your video as I did it.

Of course, I don't know how it will pull out yet! Don't know why I was intimidated to try it but it's very cool. Although I still might buy the NOSTEPINDE (also called a nosty which is much cuter)

A question for you Amy if you have time: the yarn I used was bought from a local sheep lady, it's really nice, just plain creamy/white and not too thick. But, it was a bit crinkly if you know what I mean .. and so I had to not stretch it exactly but make sure I was pulling the crinkle out, all while trying to not wind too tight.
a delicate balancing act

Do you think I should have washed it first and let it hang on weights to get that crinkle out? Maybe just being rolled in the ball will straighten it. (it wasn't too crinkled, just a little here & there)

OH, I'm so pleased I did this. It looks just great. Thanks again Amy!

03-08-2005, 05:26 PM
Sure, Victoise! Glad you discovered and like the ball winding by hand. .

:thinking: I don't know much about how crinkly yarn acts. I'm lazy, so I'd probably just knit with it. Unless you have one skein that's very crinkly and one that's not, I imagine it will knit up at a consistent gauge.

03-08-2005, 06:50 PM
Wow Bummble, I cannot believe the yarns on this site. They are delirious and delicious. Such amazing colors! What color did you get? What are you going to make?

And it's not that expensive is it? I paid $22 for a 200 yard skein or hand dyed yarn, soft mohair but I wonder if I've been totally stupid about what I pay.

Thanks for mentioning this place.

03-08-2005, 10:14 PM
Okay, the felting results are in....

YES! This yarn does felt. BOY does it felt. Watch out, it felts FAST. I did it in the washing machine, with a couple pairs of jeans. It took half the time of some other wool I've used.


03-10-2005, 04:28 PM
Have you seen this incredible Kitty Pi bed? ( maybe I found it here in the beginning & forgot duh)


The gallery of pictures is just one of the best things I've seen in ages (except maybe for that itsy bitsy bikini). Thing is, they use Kureyon Noro which is so damn expensive. (I have an ebay bid in at the moment and it's way too much but I got 'involved'.)

Noro is always $8.50 or more, once in a while $7.50 but not the color I like. AnyHOO my question is, I love the prices at Knit Picks. I could substitute that easily for a felted kitty bed couldn't I?

vat do you tink?

03-10-2005, 04:51 PM
Yes Victoise, they both normally knit at the same gauge, around 4.5 sts/inch, and this yarn felts well, so there's no reason that I know of that you can't follow the same pattern.

I'm a felting addict these days. Felting is so fun!!

03-11-2005, 01:16 PM
Oh my goodness, that Kitty Pi bed rules. And I was wondering what on earth I would use my two skeins of Kureyon for. :thumbsup:

Thanks to this thread I decided to try out a few colors of Wool of the Andes. I'm glad to hear it felts nicely. I'm trying to think of little projects to do with them. Drink coasters? Cell phone tote? Book jacket?

03-11-2005, 03:55 PM
Yes, those kitty pi beds drive me crazy. Whenever I feel a little down, I go look at those kittys in all those beds (did you see the dog trying to fit in one?) and it cheers me up.

Amy, I'm excited about felting too. It's like magic isn't it? (although I haven't done it, I've seen a lot) Just ordered a book on felting, it looks gorgeous.

Phretys, I have a little bag that you just have to see. This woman made it up here in sheep country and it's so beautiful. Don't have my camera with me, but will post a pic next week.

Btw, someone once (Amy?) posted where to find Noro Kureyon cheap but Iforgot where. Any recollections of that site? Going to order my Knit Picks yarn today for my kitty bed!

03-12-2005, 10:37 AM
Thanks Amy! I am off to their site now to order some yarn! Hopefully what I want is still there!

03-30-2005, 12:29 PM
Just ordered from KnitPicks as well. Their prices on wool do seem to be pretty good! Unfortunately, I had to pay Ohio sales tax, but at least I'll get the yarn quickly :)

03-30-2005, 12:49 PM
I've been waiting for my first order from KNit Picks since March 16. Well, I placed the order on March 16, they said it was shipped on March 17 and today is March 30.

Delivery time is supposed to be 5 - 14 days. So it's been 13 days.
I wonder if they usually take this long! ????

i want that yarn !


03-30-2005, 12:53 PM
ut oh...hope that isn't usual...was your yarn on backorder or something?

03-30-2005, 03:27 PM
I've always gotten my orders very promptly from knitpicks, with the exception of right now, my yarn is backordered & won't be available for shipping until April 11. If I were you, I would call their customer service & they can tell you exactly what is going on. They are very helpful.

04-01-2005, 02:00 PM
ha ha, wouldn't cha know it.... I got the yarn the day after I complained here, 14 days later. There is one ball backordered, maybe they were holding out for that a few days or something.


I'm happy happy.

04-01-2005, 02:39 PM
I just ordered last night :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

My mom gave me their catalog in January, but I didn't get a chance to order, then couldn't because I gave up shopping for Lent!

My turn to stalk the mailman!!

04-02-2005, 03:10 PM
Julie, that's a pretty neat thing to give up for Lent!
I'll have to remember that next year coz this year I gave up
nothing.... and felt a little bad about it.

04-03-2005, 03:16 AM
Thanks to Amy we know Wool of the Andes felts nicely. I've never felted before, and was wondering, would the Andean Silk (alpaca/silk/merino) felt as well? It's the silk part that makes me wonder if it's a dumb idea to want to felt it. Just wondering... :thinking:

04-03-2005, 10:49 PM
If you do a search on Knitpicks for yarn that can be felted, the Andean Silk comes up.

04-14-2005, 08:38 AM
Has anyone knit with any of the other Knitpicks yarns? Andean Silk? Andean Treasure? Elegance?

I just made myself a wishlist....GAWD I want some Alpaca!!!!!

04-14-2005, 11:27 AM
I made Miss Dashwood with Andean Treasure:


I am a huge fan of alpaca....it is sooooo soft!! :thumbsup:

04-14-2005, 01:17 PM
Wow, Julie, that's one of the coolest knitted hats I've ever seen!

When you wear it, does it fit like a hat or a bonnet (being that it's called Miss Dashwood)?

04-14-2005, 03:06 PM
Have you seen this incredible Kitty Pi bed? ( maybe I found it here in the beginning & forgot duh)


The gallery of pictures is just one of the best things I've seen in ages (except maybe for that itsy bitsy bikini). Thing is, they use Kureyon Noro which is so damn expensive. (I have an ebay bid in at the moment and it's way too much but I got 'involved'.)

Noro is always $8.50 or more, once in a while $7.50 but not the color I like. AnyHOO my question is, I love the prices at Knit Picks. I could substitute that easily for a felted kitty bed couldn't I?

vat do you tink?
I love my kitties, but I don't think I would use Noro for them :lol: Besides, that, they already have a perfectly good lap on which to rest!

I got some bulky wool from ebay lately that I have dyed...I think it would be great for the kitty bed. After my sweater is finished, maybe that will be the next thing!

04-14-2005, 04:03 PM
ooooh, Julie! I wanna CUDDLE with that hat!

04-14-2005, 04:42 PM
It's going to take an awful lot of wool to make the kitty pi for those cats! They are really big for Siamese, aren't they? They look like they're the size of bobcats.

04-14-2005, 04:45 PM
haha...they are pretty big!!! :D They are applehead siamese...like siamese cats use to before they bred them to be so tiny, delicate and angular. They are a little overweight though!

It will have to be a big pi...they are ALWAYS together and always laying on each other.

04-14-2005, 04:47 PM
I'm in a rush, so I haven't gotten the chance to read all of the posts about knitpicks yarn...but I had to jump in with my experiences....I LOVE KNITPICKS and order from them every payday! I am disabled and live on a fixed income...but now I can afford to buy quality yarn...thank you knitpicks!! The afghan I'm working on now is with wool of the andes and it's working great and is oh so soft.
I've got tons (maybe not that much...lol) of yarns in my stash for projects that I'm actually planning on doing for myself.
I've used the merino dk weight...great
wool of the andes...worsted...great...felted great, too
alpace cloud for lacey scarf...great
and I've used their dye your own yarns, both worsted and sock weight...worked well with koolaid!!
I have many skeins of the natural sock yarn waiting to be dyed now...It summons me everytime i walk into the bedroom to dye it....'rebecca...dye us...dye us...we must be dyed and made into cure socks....our destiny is cute socks.." and it just goes on and on and everybody knows...I HAVE TO FINISH MY AFGHAN for a wedding gift.
but...how do u compete with these yarn summons?!!
lol...all kidding aside...all of the yarn i've used is great and....they r supposed to be coming out with 10 new yarns this spring!!
oh yeah...they have a good selection of books and accessories...i just got the magnetic board that i couldn't find around here to hold my pattern in place and i got an electronic row counter (yes, it sounds like overkill...but i hang it around my neck and it's VERY EASY to access and use)
I am not affiliated with knitpicks...as it must sound...lol...I just LOVE IT!
U think i should get them to pay me for this commercial?! lol
As a matter of fact, I've issued a pattern for my loopy socks for their consideration ...wish me luck...if they choose it i believe the payment is something like $59-$400. if anyone is interested go to knitpicks.com and scroll down a bit and it will state 'designer guidelines'
Cya :XX: