All about Yarn – shops, experiences & quality – part 1

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Yarn - all about - shops, experiences & quality

 – Yarn is adorable, soft, lovely, inspiring, thick &  thin, amazing & beautiful!

This is really generally how any YARNLOVER feels. However we all have our favorite yarn, & also yarn we stay away from. We might have our dream yarn that we never buy because of the price, & the yarn we never buy because of the low quality. The truth is that yarn also can be hard, sticking, itching & terrible to work with.

I for sure have had the pleasure to crochet with all of these, the favorite, the dream yarn, the hate list yarn & the low quality yarn.

But let me show you what my experience of yarn shopping have thought me. I will also include my favorite yarn types & what I look for when I shop.

This is the first post in a blog series covering a lot of details when it comes to yarn;


The qualities I look for:

When you go yarn-shopping, there is plenty things to consider. Today I’m sharing 3 important factors I consider when I buy yarn. What quality, price & material to choose?



The quality is maybe the most important thing to consider. If you are going to take the time to make something handmade, it might just as well be made with a great quality. I’m thinking handmade should be made to last.  Often quality depends upon the relationship between price & material, however with some experience you might be able to find bargain yarn with exceptional quality.



The materials in the yarn is a huge deciding factor, since this is mostly what decides the quality & the price. The materials range from yarns marked as ecological & natural yarns to yarns made with synthetic fibers such as acrylic yarn. Natural yarns are come from either animals or plants. Yarn from animal sources are often; wool from sheep, alpaca from alpacas, cashmere from goats, mohair from rabbits and silk from insects or larvae. The most known yarn from plants are cotton. Yarns made with synthetic fiber mostly comes from materials extruded to gel properties that are manipulated in different ways, thorough many stages to get the wanted yarn.

The yarns made from “natural” sources in many cases has the highest quality, are softer & more comfortable to work with & also has the price to show for it.




The price is of course a deciding factor. If you are going to make something small, a yarn that is rather pricey might not be that big of a deal, however if you need something like 10-15 skeins for a handmade sweater the story might be something different. It might be really hard too choose, & sometimes you might as well do something in between. Then you can spoil yourself the next time you make something beautiful.


The next step:

It’s not enough to think about the quality, material & price. But it for sure is a start. The next blog post are going to dig a little deeper into the properties of the yarn you might want to consider before you buy yarn.

Next up after that I’m going to add a list of some of my favorite shops, & I might also share my yarn favorites from those shops.



I hope you might have these 3 factors in mind the next time you are looking for yarn.


  • April Cyran Robinson

    Great info, thank you!