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#1 BornToLove

Posted 04 April 2020 - 06:33 AM

Now that I have time on my hands, I’ve finished up the three crochet projects I’ve had on the go for ages. I even took the time to properly weave in the ends and block them.

I’m looking for yarn to start a new project but my usual places are either low/no stock on everything or closed down. It would also be nice to support local so looking for recommendations for online yarn shops and/or locally made yarn. I have a wool sensitivity so anything with wool-free options is ideal for me.

#2 Bebecita

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:00 AM

Bendigo Woollen Mills make beautiful yarn.  It comes in larger 200g balls.  You can order online or over the phone and postage is very reasonable.  To avoid the  wool allergy, their cotton is to die for and gives beautiful stitch definition when crocheting.

#3 Mum-mumMum

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:34 AM

Rose’s knitting centre is a Victorian lady who sells from home. She gives fantastic service and competitive pricing

#4 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:40 AM

What are your usual places?

Big W has yarn, Kmart too, but not as much as big W

Otherwise it’s just a trawl through the 101 online yarn stores that exist these days.

Do you like cotton? Industrial yarns have just that, industrial yarns. Good for string bags and tea towel toppers (no good for clothes or blankets) and they come in large spools.

#5 daisy007

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:42 AM

I thought this was going to be a chat.
Anyhoo, Waverley Woollen Mills in Tas might have something? I’m assuming they have a website.

#6 **Tiger*Filly**

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:44 AM

I could give you a heap of places to buy beautiful woolen yarn in Australia but you said no wool...
This place has gorgeous cotton yarn. https://fullcirclefibres.com/shop/

This is a beautiful shop in Adelaide with lots of non wool options.
https://www.yarntrader.com.au

Also Fibre Feast was supposed to be on in SA this weekend. Many of the stall holders are doing online sales instead so would be worth checking out their individual sites. https://www.fibrefea...om/stallholders

#7 cait81

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:44 AM

Woolba based in Port Melbourne but online now. Just gorgeous and lovely customer service.

#8 Lalala4

Posted 04 April 2020 - 07:56 AM

Love www.morrisandsons.com.au

#9 rosie28

Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:01 AM

 Bebecita, on 04 April 2020 - 07:00 AM, said:

Bendigo Woollen Mills make beautiful yarn.  It comes in larger 200g balls.  You can order online or over the phone and postage is very reasonable.  To avoid the  wool allergy, their cotton is to die for and gives beautiful stitch definition when crocheting.

This is excellent advice, or all the indie dyers are still sending things in the post. Yarn and Co, Woolarium and other small yarn stores have online stores too (and both offer excellent service). Spotlight is still open here but I wouldn’t recommend that when Bendi will post.

Edited by rosie28, 04 April 2020 - 08:07 AM.


#10 BornToLove

Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:20 AM

My usuals are spotlight and lincraft with some local independent shops (they aren’t online).

The problem with the 101 online yarn shops is that they either aren’t local (orders ship from UK or US) or the sites are so poorly designed I go crazy trying to place an order. I work in digital marketing so bad UX probably frustrates me more than others 🤓

With my wool sensitivity, I’m fine to work with superfine Marino for short periods, but couldn’t wear a garment made of it without breaking out in hives. All regular wool and wool blends irritate my hands so can’t even work with it.

Alpaca and some mohair are okay. Silk is lovely but pricy. I mostly work with cotton but larger projects (blankets) tend to be premium synthetics or cotton blends.

Anyways thanks for all the recommendations! Will check them all out.

Edited by BornToLove, 04 April 2020 - 08:22 AM.


#11 Ozquoll

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:33 AM

^^^
OT, but I am surprised alpaca doesn't affect your skin! I can handle super-soft wools but not regular wools, like you, but I pretty much only have to LOOK at alpaca fibre to start feeling itchy 😵

#12 dadwasathome

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:55 AM

Skein Sisters in Dulwich Hill Sydney is great https://www.skeinsisters.com.au/

(I used to do classroom reading groups with one of the owners)

#13 monet

Posted 04 April 2020 - 09:58 AM

This is alpaca yarn from Orange in NSW https://www.adagiomills.com.au

#14 BornToLove

Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:04 AM

 Ozquoll, on 04 April 2020 - 09:33 AM, said:

^^^
OT, but I am surprised alpaca doesn't affect your skin! I can handle super-soft wools but not regular wools, like you, but I pretty much only have to LOOK at alpaca fibre to start feeling itchy 😵

There are two issues with wool - the lanolin oils and the thickness of the fibres. If lanolin is what triggers you, you have a more typical all over allergic reaction.

I think because I just get localised skin irritation, my issue is the ticker wool fibre. Which explains why I can tolerate finer Marino a bit better.

I’ve never tried pure alpaca, only blends. Maybe because its blended the fibres are less irritating? 🤷‍♀️

#15 hills mum bec

Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:17 AM

I buy most of my yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills.  It works out so cheap because their balls are huge.  Not so great if you want to do a project that uses small amounts of lots of different colors.  Their cotton is amazingly soft and comes in 3 different plies.  I don’t crochet but I knit a lot and it knots up beautifully.  I have made many baby blanket gifts using BWM cotton and I’m just about to finish knitting a jumper for DH in BWM 10ply cotton.

#16 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:36 AM

Have you had a look at American yarns? She has local stock, and is responsive to enquiries. Lots of fabulous acrylic. But stock can be hit and miss.

https://www.americanyarns.com.au/

#17 Bam1

Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:49 AM

https://www.woolandthegang.com/en/yarn

UK company so not sure if they are still shipping OS but they have a lot of non wool yarn in fantastic bright colours.

Their patterns are great - skewed youthful so if you are tired of making baby clothes, socks, shawls or jumpers, they have a lot of other choices.

#18 keelakitty

Posted 04 April 2020 - 04:28 PM

If you are wanting to try some alpaca i have used this company before https://blackwattleyarn.com.au/. Although I notice it is now spun in NZ where is used to be done in NSW. It is expensive but so lovely, soft and warm. I have crocheted beanies and shawls from both 8 and 4 ply.

#19 jojonbeanie

Posted 05 April 2020 - 03:27 PM

The Yarning Place in Kingsville, Victoria has beautiful yarn and are very helpful. I’m currently crocheting with a beautiful wool from them.

https://yarningplace.com.au/




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