Yarnia is the only yarn shop where you can design your very own custom blend of yarn, and buy it by the pound. You choose the fiber, color, thickness, and amount, and we'll wind up your custom cone of yarn for you right on the spot!
First time visiting us? Here's how it works!
The color swatches you see below are the "ingredients" you can use to design your own custom blend of yarn.
Drag up to six different strands to your palette at the bottom of the screen until you've achieved your desired yarn weight and fiber combination.
Tips: • Click thumbnails to see larger image and additional information. Tips: • To build a solid color, drag the same swatch to fill multiple spaces in your palette. Tips: • Bamboo is a heavy fiber, and will skew the thickness meter at the bottom of the screen.
Tips: • If you're using bamboo in your blend, aim for a little heavier than you think you want.
Tips: • Don't forget to enter the amount you'd like in the box near the top of the screen -- this can be in yards, ounces, grams, or pounds.
Tips: • Our Custom Yarn Creator requires Flash, which unfortunately is not supported by iPhones or iPads. Please visit us again when you are at a computer and the drag & drop feature will work for you!
(Please note: toggling between the two after adding swatches to your palette will clear your selection.)
How much yarn do you need?
[What if I don't know?]
If you don't have a specific project in mind, we recommend 8 oz. as a good amount to play around with. This will be enough for a few small projects, or a decent-size scarf.
Otherwise, here are recommended amounts for some of the most popular projects our customers like to make:
Our online shop offers a selection of our pre-made yarns; that is, yarn that has already been combined and wound onto a cone, ready to be knitted or crocheted upon arrival! In contrast, this is where YOU can design your own custom yarn blend, by choosingn from the individual fibers and colors we have available for you to mix-and-match.
Absolutely! While we specialize in creating custom yarns by combining multiple plies together, we can certainly provide you with the single plies as-is, in whatever quantity you'd like -- just fill the "Strand 1" box with whatever yarn you'd like and let us know your desired quantity.
The yarn is not twisted, as you may be used to seeing in commercial yarns, but rather wound parallel at an even tension. This usually will give a similar feel to having a twisted, plied yarn, particularly if comprised of clingy fibers like wool and cotton, as you knit with it off the cone.
If you are prone to splitting stitches, you may find that this happens for you more often with this type of yarn, as the individual strands are not plied together. However, this is easy to get used to, and should start to feel natural to your fingers with some practice.
This means that if you're incorporating bamboo into your yarn, there's a good chance that your finished yarn will be thinner than the scale indicates. This is because bamboo is a considerably heavy fiber, and the scale is based on weight ranges for each yarn weight. If you're concerned about achieving a very specific yarn weight (i.e. worsted), we recommend aiming for a slightly thicker yarn than you actually want, if you're using bamboo in the mix.
No. Although we use PayPal as our payment processor, you can complete your order without ever creating or signing in to your account. There will be an option at checkout that allows you to enter your credit card information securely without logging in to PayPal.
For now, we'll need you to complete separate transactions for each cone you're ordering. Although shipping will be automatically calculated and added to your order, we will combine shipping on any multiple cone orders and refund your transaction accordingly.
Lots of ways! If you're into Facebook, you can "like" us over there. You can also follow us on Twitter. And definitely follow our blog for all sorts of news, tutorials, pictures of featured yarns, and lots more!
"This was a great experience and love the fact that the color blend is exactly what I wanted. Lindsey was great in responding quickly to my questions. I will order from here again and have been telling my friends about Yarnia."
"I love your shop and the way you do yarn. I have several cones of fingering weight and have used it held together with other yarns to add color and interest. Looks great."
"This is the most creative yarn store on the planet! Instead of getting close to what you want in a yarn, why not get exactly what you want? You get to pick out what texture and what color you want and she'll mix it together for you on her crazy awesome machine she had specially made."
"I love your shop and the idea of being able to do custom blends. It's come in very handy for me as I have a few incredibly picky clients!"
"My favorite part about the custom yarn option is that I can buy only the amount I need."
"I heard about Yarnia from a friend, watched the video and was hooked. I know that I'll be buying yarn there for special projects, especially when you can get the desired amount of a custom blend. How awesome is that!!!"
To care for your custom yarn, you're going to want to wash your finished garment based on the least washable of the fibers you've included in your blend. For instance, if you have made a yarn that is 100% cotton, you're good to go! This is totally machine washable and dryable. However, if you've made a cotton/wool blend, you're going to want to hand wash your finished garment, because that wool component needs to be washed by hand, so that it won't felt.
Here is how you'd want to care for each of the fibers we carry, if in fact your blend was 100% comprised of that fiber. As you're mixing your fibers together, keep this guide in mind so you can deduce how to best care for your finished garment.
Acrylic: Machine washable and dryable
Alpaca: Hand wash, lay flat to dry
Bamboo: Machine washable and dryable
Cashmere: Hand wash, lay flat to dry
Cotton: Machine washable and dryable
Hemp: Machine washable and dryable
Linen: Machine washable and dryable
Lurex: Won't make much of an impact because it's so thin; wash as per other fibers in the blend
Merino Wool: Machine wash cold OK, lay flat to dry
Wool is known for its warmth. While it readily absorbs water and then allows it to evaporate (making it ideal for garments that are close to the skin, such as socks), it provides natural warmth and coziness. It is also often used for its properties of elasticity and memory, meaning that the fabric will "bounce back" if it is stretched, making wool ideal for close-fitting or shaped garments, or elements of the pattern that are meant to hold a shape such as ribbing or cables. Merino wool has these same properties, but comes from a specific kind of sheep whose coat is softer and smoother than regular wool.
Cotton is a lightweight natural fiber, known for its washability and breathability. 100% cotton yarns are ideal for dishcloths and baby clothes, while blending cotton with wool will make an otherwise heavy fabric more breathable.
Bamboo is machine washable, lightweight, antimicrobial, and lusciously soft. It has fantastic drape and makes for a heavy, slink fabric, but will stretch out over time when used exclusively in large projects that hang, such as sweaters, dresses, and tunics; blending with a wool will counteract this and lend your garment some memory. Note that because bamboo is a heavy fiber, your resulting yarn may be thinner than the scale below indicates. We recommend aiming for one notch heavier than you are imagining when designing your yarn, to compensate for this.
Rayon, like cotton, is a cellulose fiber, meaning that it is plant-derived (wood pulp, specifically). Rayon shares many of its properties with silk, such as its sheen and softness. It has very little stretch, so is well suited for projects with drape, such as shawls, blankets, scarves, and slinky tops.
Like hemp, linen is washable, durable, and very breathable. In fact, the more it is washed and worn, the softer it becomes! It also has a nice natrual luster, and is popular for projects like dishcloths, towels, and table runners.
The creme de la creme of luxury fibers, cashmere is unmatchably soft, very insulating, and lightweight, all at the same time. Ideal for close-to-the-skin projects and anytime you want to give yourself or your knitting recipient a treat!
Silk is the great temperature mediator, keeping you warm when it's cool, and cool when it's warm. It adds soft slinkiness and drape to any project, and is popularly mixed with wool or bamboo, or just worked on its own.