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Mill end yarn.
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Sep 25, 2012 01:02:38   #

Can someone explain to me what Mill End yarn is? Is it bad yarn, good yarn? Leftover from the spool yarn?

If I buy some am I going to be majorly disappointed?
Sep 25, 2012 03:47:54   #
I understand "mill-end" yarn to be either surplus production from the mill or surplus supplies from commercial garment manufacturers. In either case it is just as would have been used in commercial production, the quality varying according to price just as in hand knitting yarns.
Sep 25, 2012 08:06:19   #
ulrika (a regular here)
It is very good yarn, usually. I buy this from the Bernat Factory outlet. I do a lot of charity knitting and this is good value for the money. Mill end is the leftover yarn a the end of a run. It is usually not perfectly wound and may have slight imperfections. I having been buying mill ends for years and 95% of it is in perfect condition. I sometimes see the same yarn at the regular price in the store and am always pleased and shocked at the price difference. I am also pleased at how much money I save.
Sep 25, 2012 12:46:48   #
Thank you everyone for your replies. I found some on Ebay and I think I'm going to go ahead and purchase some and see how it is. :)
Sep 26, 2012 08:47:21   #
I used to be able to biuy it here in west Michigan. Some of it was wonderful quality. 100% wool I could ply myself to whatever weight I desired. I learned the ahrd way to avoid the carpet wool inspite of the wonderful array of colors it was available in. I swatched a lot!! Washed and was usually awed by the beautiful wool that bloomed once the coating was gone. Joan 8060
Sep 26, 2012 09:59:32   #
Elis wrote:
I understand "mill-end" yarn to be either surplus production from the mill or surplus supplies from commercial garment manufacturers. In either case it is just as would have been used in commercial production, the quality varying according to price just as in hand knitting yarns.

Mum and I used to buy tangled wool from a mill in Yorkshire (I think) at a shilling an ounce in the 1950/60's. Those were the days!!!
Sep 26, 2012 13:37:54   #
I have purchased these also and enjoy using it. Sure is cheaper. If I come to a bad spot I cut it out, use the "invisible knot" join that is nearly undetectable and keep going. Sure saves a lot of money.

Sep 26, 2012 22:45:23   #
I would just like to know where to get some!
Sep 26, 2012 22:56:47   #
Mill ends are available from yarn mills, manufacturers of knitted clothing and a few other sources.

I live a few hours from Brown Sheep Yarn Mill and have gotten mill ends there that were "errors"...the wrong colors were blended...mill ends that were "trial runs" of colors that someone decided wasn't all that great (I got a HUGE cone of sock yarn once that wasn't what the manufacturer thought it should be..I love it). Mill ends can also be what is "left over" after a special color run..and mill ends can be just what they sound like...a bunch of odds and ends.

I got my hands on 800 yds of sock yarn that was described as a "mill end"...made a shawl for a friend and just very carefully spliced all the ends..she loved it and I sure wasn't going to tell her I got that yarn for $5.00!

Mill ends are "leftovers" for one reason or another. Now you can have "leftovers" from prime rib or tuna casserole. Depends on what you have a "taste" for.
Sep 27, 2012 10:42:30   #
I found some on eBay and was pleasantly suprised at the quality and value. I pretty sure it was Caron.
Sep 27, 2012 13:18:08   #
I just bought some off Ebay. I'll report back when I get it.
May 3, 2014 19:48:45   #
Try Joann's....they're selling it also.
May 4, 2014 00:10:10   #
Also try your nearest Joann Fabrics.
May 4, 2014 00:10:33   #
Also try your nearest Joann Fabrics.
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