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Old 11-09-2006, 03:19 PM   #1
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Fibers that need winding - I think
Help, I thought I was buying yarn on ebay, it arrive today and doesn't look right at all.

So its come in a skein, which is ok, and there are 3 or 4 different strands that make up the yarn, the problem is they don't look like they have been wound together. So if I was to knit it as is, it would be like holding 3 or 4 seperate yarns together. What do I do? Should I knit as is, or do I need to wind/spin them?

Do you need pictures to understand what I am saying? Will it help if I post the link to the ebay seller?
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:21 PM   #2
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Old 11-09-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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pictures to explain (hopefully)
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Old 11-09-2006, 04:57 PM   #4
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Unless you're a spinner, I don't think you can ply them yourself. Many things are knit with more than one strand, and are very pretty, so you can try. They will have to be in a ball, though, so you should wind the strands together.

How was the yarn described--just out of curiosity.
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Old 11-09-2006, 05:37 PM   #5
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I can't tell you how much this upsets me. Its being sold as yarn, there is no mention that you will need to spin/ply it yourself.

as per ebay
# Three lovely soft yarns create Night Mission.. Black, black with tiny offwhite tufts and black with tiny red tufts and slubs.. Perfect for any apparel..

# Two yarns combined
# 120 Yards per Skein
# Approximate Weight: DK/Light Worsted: 4 to 4 1/2 stitches on size 8 needles
# Fiber: Acrylic/Wool/Mohair/Cotton

I'm in Europe, and undestand yarn to be already plyed, is it an American term to use yarn for just fibers, or is the seller not telling the whole truth?
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Old 11-09-2006, 05:51 PM   #6
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I did an ebay search and found a link to the yarn. It looks like they've got a good feedback record. Maybe if you contact them with your concerns, you can find an amicable way to resolve it.
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Old 11-09-2006, 06:11 PM   #7
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that's not it, tis this one

I will contact them, but because I am a new knitter, I just wanted to check that it wasn't something silly that I missed.

Out of interest what do I need to ply them, and how difficult is it?
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Originally Posted by Clarabel
that's not it, tis this one
It seems to be the same yarn from the same store; the one I linked was just listed on the US site instead of the UK site. Anyway, I think you can just knit with it as is. Lots of people knit with two or more strands held together to get a thicker gauge from a thinner yarn.
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sorry it cam up as a different yarn teh first time, or maybe it was just another ebay window I had open (this stash you guys talk about is very addictive )

I really wanted to knit the clapotis with the black yarn, but I'm not sure that it will work.
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Old 11-09-2006, 07:44 PM   #10
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I don't think the seller deliberately misled you.

She says that the yarns are combined and indeed they are --
each strand is a separate full-fledged yarn, not raw unspun fiber.
Many patterns look wonderful knit with combined yarns
and many knitters make their own yarn combinations to
add richness to their projects or to achieve a different gauge.

It's pretty yarn -- just wind it into balls (which will keep it from tangling) and knit with all the strands. Try to use needles with fairly blunt tips and be careful to pick up all the strands with each stitch. If it's the right gauge for the Clapotis, go for it.

But if you must, contact the seller. She seems to be very open to resolving problems and has a generous return policy.
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