The outfit that I spend time with, Chicago Knitters Unite!, recently organized a tour with Lorna’s Laces here in Chicago.
Beth Casey’s great. She tells the story of how she got from working in publishing to owning a yarn dying business. She talks about all the pretty string they make, passes around samples, talks about major turning points for the business, gives a yarn dying demo and answers any and all questions anyone has.
She also sells her mill ends.
Mill ends are the bits of yarn that aren’t *quite* up to standards. No, you will not be getting a skein of yarn with a thousand knots, or only have one color available to you.
Mill ends may have a few knots in them (if they notice 2 knots in the skein while dying it, they put it in the mill ends pile). The color may not be up to their exacting standards. There might be a spot of red on it someplace. They may have experimented with a colorway that didn’t quite work out.
I’ve purchased mill ends and always been delighted with them.
Here’s what I bought on Saturday:
It’s all sock weight. All of it. And I scored 2 bags of Shepherd Sock in Fjord – there are 16 50-gram hanks of yarn in there. The yardage works out to something like 3440.
I’m going to make Lakia. I’m not sure when I’m going to cast on, but I think it will be fairly soon. That looks like a good summer cardigan.