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Christmas stockings for everyone! But where did it come from?
Fri 19-Oct-12
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The Hermitess
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I was at a local charity shop yesterday when I spotted it sitting on one of the shelves and I knew immediately that I was going to buy it.

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/stream/circles/p426d612a0f55ddc5

 

I'm not sure if the link will work, but it's 2.5 kg of two-ply red wool yarn on a large spool.  It's a bit rough, but sturdy.  I'm thinking of Christmas stockings or knotted ornaments or maybe a knit outdoor jacket with a quilted lining for winter strolls or carolling.  They wanted £6 for it.  With Christmas tugging at my knitter's subconscious how could I not get it?  My question is: where did it come from?  It must be of a sort used in manufacturing but when I've tried to search for something like it on the web, I couldn't find anything.  Anyone got any ideas where I could buy more rough bulk wool yarn?  I'm just curious to see how much they charge for this type of thing normally... in case I need a colour besides red.

 

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Jenn

Fri 19-Oct-12
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No idea what that link is supposed to be but it takes one to Google plus, nothing to do with red yarn. Can you try again please?  

Oh, and do come and introduce yourself here.

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Oct-12
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Sorry, since I can't upload a photo here I made one 'Public' on my google+ account and linked to it.  I've done it before in another forum and it worked but I'm not expert with these things by any means so maybe I messed it up this time or maybe it won't work here.  Here's a link to the same google+ post but I got it in a different way.  This might be better?

 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/115669814121944964801/posts/ZGRt3t6jCZz

 

I don't really know another public place to post a photo and link to it that I'm already a member of.  But it looks a bit like a spool of thread only it's a foot tall.

Fri 19-Oct-12
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Nope, that doesn't work at all.  Will you type in the web-site name in  your reply and I'll try to link it.

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Oct-12
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As to what it actually is, a lot of cones have a label  inside the bottom of the cone which should tell you something about it – at the least, whether it is wool or synthetic.

A lot of yarn for machine knitting is sold on cones like that, and it doesn't necessarily correspond to anything that is specified in hand knitting instructions.

A little by-the-bye that we couldn't expect an American to comprehend – to the British knitter, 2ply means very fine – think laceweight. Doesn't matter how many plies it has, to the elderly British knitter two ply is for shawls. That is all of a piece with our needle sizing – the numbers don't seem to match any particular measurement system, and some of the sizes don't exist in either metric or US sizes! We like to be different!

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Fri 19-Oct-12
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I can see it now Jenn.  As Jean (Gottaknit) says, it is probably made for machine knitting.  I know I have lots of similar cones hiding in my garage along with my two knitting machines.

As for getting more cones, see this link, there are quite a few places to buy from.

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Oct-12
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Thanks for posting that link TA - there are two woolshops in Penzance, and Knit Wits is the nice one.welldone

Fri 19-Oct-12
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Ooh, what is bad about the other one?  (I keep forgetting that you are Cornish!)

I  can't recall what companies I used to use when I was a regular machine knitter, has there ever been one called King Cole?  That seems to ring a bell...

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Oct-12
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It's not so much that the other one is bad, but they take things very seriously, and also keep the wool on racks behind the counter, so you have to point and ask - not my idea of how to sell yarn. Leave the stuff out on shelves where it can be stroked and petted and it will sell itself, is my idea. In Knit Wits you can prowl around to your heart's content, undisturbed, but they are always welcoming and ready for a jolly good natter.

King Cole are spinners who do basic good value yarns of all sorts, and you can buy it all over the place - online as well as in yarn shops.

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Thanks for the King Cole info, that must have been deep in my memory somewhere.

What a shame about the other shop, it must make their work harder having to pull things out then put them back.  John Lewis has the right idea.

I'll try that again!

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