A particular little ball of fuzzy white yarn, the one I’ve highlighted there on the left, was such a tiny part of last week’s haul,
that even though I noticed it was “100% angora”, it didn’t seem worth mentioning. But later, as I was about to put it away, I again read the tiny handwritten words “Yarn $12” on the back of its tag, and I began to wonder.
On closer examination I also made out “10 g = ca. 25 m” and considered that I might be holding a 25 meter ball of yarn that had sold for $12. But it hardly seemed possible. I mean, it’s angora, which comes from bunnies, not something exotic like. . . like qiviut, which comes from musk oxen!
Well, clearly, I don’t know much about the full retail value of some yarns. I found “Angora Schulana” here in Yarndex. It’s MSRP is $13.95 – so my benefactor actually got a pretty good deal if she paid only $12! lol. It’s described as “a soft, fuzzy, 2-ply yarn” for sweaters, shawls, cardigans, shells, and scarves. Oh, My! I don’t want to think about how many of these little balls it would take to make a sweater.
Instead I wondered what most people who buy this yarn make out of it. Not really knowing how far 27 yards of yarn goes (25 m. is 27 yd.), I could only think of it as an accent on a scarf, or maybe a mitten and hat set, but I knew Ravelry would give me the facts.
Out of the yarn’s 51 project pages, baby booties, which only take one skein BTW, were the clear winner with fourteen finished projects. That’s probably because Joelle Hoverson chose this particular yarn for her Angora Baby Booties pattern in the book “Last-Minute Knitted Gifts”! Four people trimmed Christmas stockings with it, while three trimmed hats, and another three made cowls. It’s not surprising to me that no one made a 100% angora sweater.
Of the projects that mention the number of skeins used, an adult tam took the most at four. A snood, a wedding shawlette and a vintage stole each used three. Other uses were mixing it with other yarns or trimming just about anything with it, making a baby hat or lace fingerless mitts, lining the ears of either a stuffed bunny or a mouse, knitting a snowman and crocheting a bird.
I feel I should create something wonderful with my one precious ball of “Angora Schulana”,
but the question is, What?
Maybe that’s how it ended up hidden in a fifty cent bag of yarn at a tag sale in the first place; the original owner couldn’t stand the dilemma of what to make with it either! lol.