The Great Debate – Cones vs. Skeins
Here is a question I get asked all the time. “Are the yarns on cones only for weaving?” Well the answer to that is no! There are some differences and benefits to each of course. Coned yarn is often lace weight through sport weight and may be less lofty and elastic. This makes them great for multi strand and marl knitting and creating unique color and texture combinations. Buying coned yarn allows you to purchase exact amounts (we will wind off by the ounce so you don’t need to buy the whole cone). Buying by the ounce is typically more economical too. Because it is all one continuous length, no leftover partial skeins and fewer pesky ends to weave in!
Traditional knitting yarns and heavier and fuzzy yarns tend to be better on skeins and balls. Twisted Skeins need to be wound into balls to be workable while those in balls are ready to go.
But in the end it is all just yarn put up in different packaging, so don’t overlook some of your options when selecting yarn for your next project.
We have started Weaving Classes for the New Year. Link to the schedule is on the Classes page. I am hopeful that we will be able to add some of our other classes later in the year as well. Until that time you are always welcome in the Studio for help on design and technique for any of your projects. Give the studio a call if you would like more information.
Here is another project from weaving class this winter. Ponchos and wraps are so versatile and warm for this time of year. This one is woven with Berocco Ultra Alpaca in a variety of related tones and Henry’s Attic Peruvian Alpaca Tweed. Woven and assembled with two panel design so it only needs a 25″ weaving width. This size and shape adapts to all variations in yarns/colors/weights for endless options! Thanks to Cheri for sharing her version of this design.
Pattern is available in the Studio and we will be happy to help you put together your version.