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Jun 24, 2011 15:50:32   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
 
Hudson wrote:
I bought GALA at a Big Lots store for a charity scarf. Not very happy with it....says mixed fibers but a lot of white 'fluff' shows through the colors and looks like lint on the surface of the scarf.


This has to be different from the GALA yarn I bought. Mine only has orange, black, beige (mohair looking stuff) and that tiny metallic gold thread in it. I'm guessing that GALA is the brand name because I've seen a lot of different yarns that say "GALA" in big letters on the labels. I guess they're all made in Turkey, though. I'm very pleased with the one I bought, though you always need to take extra care when knitting with 2-strand yarn.
 
Jun 24, 2011 16:40:16   #
vringman
 
Gala is one of the names used by Yarn Paradise in Turkey (also ICE).
Jun 24, 2011 17:06:30   #
Beach Knitter
 
How have I never heard of this site before? I'm gonna try to order some new yarn soon and this is the perfect site.
Jun 24, 2011 23:30:51   #
Prefertoknit
 
Most of the Big Lots here in Tennessee and Virginia carry the GALA yarns. We think most are from ICE/Turkey, but have found some identical to other names such as Deborah Norville/Premier yarns. I think they must be irregulars or spool ends, etc. They all have the same label, though there are many, many different fibers, plys, etc. I am usually able to buy as many skeins of any one kind as I need. All the GALA labels are the same as far as fiber content and laundering content. You have to use your own judgement on that. They are all approx. 1.75 oz and the yardage varies with the thickness of the yarn. There's everything from fun furs to sock yarns. Have found some really good deals. All are $1.00 skein. One of our members on here (name is something like MOMBr?) sells some that is identical with the same label for several dollars a skein. She/he says they bought at their LYS. Anyway, I'm always looking at Big Lots. I have 4 within 45 minutes of home!!
Jun 25, 2011 00:17:19   #
GardenGirl (a regular here)
 
There are Ice yarns on ebay every time I've looked for yarn. Often they are in packages of 8 balls. I t says they ship from Turkey.
Jun 25, 2011 02:11:37   #
keenknitter_2009
 
i have bought lots of yarn from yarn paradise,very cheap and for the price excellent quality.i have also bought their premium quality yarns and love it.there are 3 ways of postage,i have taken the cheapest to come to australia and it has beeb here in about 2 weeks.excellent bargains in their tuesday promotions.they sell only ice yarn,lots of variety.
 
Jun 25, 2011 02:27:59   #
knittingneedles
 
CrazyCatLady wrote:
AusaicMosaic wrote:
CrazyCatLady wrote:
Beth, as a matter of interest, can you remember how much postage you paid to Australia?


I found the entry in my PayPal account and the two packets were $19.99 each and the postage was $52. Given that I was getting 76 balls I figured that worked out at $1.50 a ball but the problem as I have stated over and over is that there is no info on the labels. If you were to buy packets of one type of yarn only you could take note of the information first and I think someone on here said that their balls had the info on the label. I wanted mixed stuff as I was buying it to play with not to make anything specific. I have been quite happy with the yarns that had bits of coloured silky pieces in them and I will post some photos if anyone wants to see close ups.

Cheers Beth
quote=CrazyCatLady Beth, as a matter of interest,... (show quote)


Thanks, Beth. I'm up for the adventure, so I think I'll order some too. It's interesting to see what's on offer in other countries. I'm off to Argentina in a couple of weeks, so I'm keen to see what kind of yarn varieties they have there. With all those alpacas in South America, there's bound to be some interesting wool that will find its way back in my suitcase!
quote=AusaicMosaic quote=CrazyCatLady Beth, as a... (show quote)


WHEN YOU ARE IN ARGENTINA YOU MUST GO TO THIS YARN SHOP...

MILANA HILADOS
Av. Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz 1062,
CP1414, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Phone / Fax number:
0054·11·4772·0898
0054·11· 4777·1346
0054·11· 4778·1777
................................................................
Monday to Friday from 8.30 am
to 19.
Saturdays from 8.30 to 13.

It is the most amazing yarn shop I have ever been in.. Make sure you go to the back where they have their closeouts.. See my avatar?? I got that yarn there..
Ask for Joji.. she speaks English and will help you tremendously.

You can only pay with Cash.. but it is worth every single penny..
Tell them Nina from America said hi... they should remember me.. We (my friend and I) purchase $300 worth each.. they delivered to the ship (we were on a cruise)...It was 3 huge bags each... and so CHEAP compared to the exact same yarn in the states.. I mean... $7 a hank compared to $45 a ball!!!!!

Have the very best time..

There is yarn everywhere.. but make sure you get soft yarn.. and sometimes that is hard to get.. colors are amazing everywhere but most are itchy... so I stuck with the store and felt like I was in Heaven!!!
Jun 25, 2011 07:26:16   #
dissi
 
sooo many pretty yarns....have to wait til payday but stash pennies are being saved already!
Jun 25, 2011 14:11:46   #
crafti mami
 
OMG!!!!! YOU HAVE BLOWN MY MIND WITH THIS SITE!
thanks for sharing. I love surfing the web in seach of yarn sites.
Jun 27, 2011 13:41:37   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
 
Prefertoknit wrote:
Most of the Big Lots here in Tennessee and Virginia carry the GALA yarns. We think most are from ICE/Turkey, but have found some identical to other names such as Deborah Norville/Premier yarns. I think they must be irregulars or spool ends, etc. They all have the same label, though there are many, many different fibers, plys, etc. I am usually able to buy as many skeins of any one kind as I need. All the GALA labels are the same as far as fiber content and laundering content. You have to use your own judgement on that. They are all approx. 1.75 oz and the yardage varies with the thickness of the yarn. There's everything from fun furs to sock yarns. Have found some really good deals. All are $1.00 skein. One of our members on here (name is something like MOMBr?) sells some that is identical with the same label for several dollars a skein. She/he says they bought at their LYS. Anyway, I'm always looking at Big Lots. I have 4 within 45 minutes of home!!
Most of the Big Lots here in Tennessee and Virgini... (show quote)


I've found the same to be true, though my Big Lots store seldom has much of a selection. I only have one store near me, and the yarn section is pathetic most of the time. I've never found a single flaw in any of the GALA yarns. It's all quite lovely. However, it's possible that it was just produced in such massive quantities that it either didn't sell completely or else the stores get a giant discount for buying it in the huge lots (for all their stores together). Also, the fact that it's made in Turkey is a big factor since the labor and material over there are much less expensive. My label just said, "GALA, Mixed Fiber" and not much else. I think it did say "machine wash and dry", but it doesn't look like the kind of yarn I'd want to throw in a dryer. And I'd probably wash it by hand and dry on a towel as I would for any hand-knitted lacy item.
Jun 28, 2011 09:28:10   #
1artist
 
I used an Ice mohair mix, that was thick/thin. It knit up very pretty.
 
Jun 28, 2011 13:01:16   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
 
knittingneedles wrote:
CrazyCatLady wrote:
AusaicMosaic wrote:
CrazyCatLady wrote:
Beth, as a matter of interest, can you remember how much postage you paid to Australia?


I found the entry in my PayPal account and the two packets were $19.99 each and the postage was $52. Given that I was getting 76 balls I figured that worked out at $1.50 a ball but the problem as I have stated over and over is that there is no info on the labels. If you were to buy packets of one type of yarn only you could take note of the information first and I think someone on here said that their balls had the info on the label. I wanted mixed stuff as I was buying it to play with not to make anything specific. I have been quite happy with the yarns that had bits of coloured silky pieces in them and I will post some photos if anyone wants to see close ups.

Cheers Beth
quote=CrazyCatLady Beth, as a matter of interest,... (show quote)


Thanks, Beth. I'm up for the adventure, so I think I'll order some too. It's interesting to see what's on offer in other countries. I'm off to Argentina in a couple of weeks, so I'm keen to see what kind of yarn varieties they have there. With all those alpacas in South America, there's bound to be some interesting wool that will find its way back in my suitcase!
quote=AusaicMosaic quote=CrazyCatLady Beth, as a... (show quote)


WHEN YOU ARE IN ARGENTINA YOU MUST GO TO THIS YARN SHOP...

MILANA HILADOS
Av. Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz 1062,
CP1414, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Phone / Fax number:
0054·11·4772·0898
0054·11· 4777·1346
0054·11· 4778·1777
................................................................
Monday to Friday from 8.30 am
to 19.
Saturdays from 8.30 to 13.

It is the most amazing yarn shop I have ever been in.. Make sure you go to the back where they have their closeouts.. See my avatar?? I got that yarn there..
Ask for Joji.. she speaks English and will help you tremendously.

You can only pay with Cash.. but it is worth every single penny..
Tell them Nina from America said hi... they should remember me.. We (my friend and I) purchase $300 worth each.. they delivered to the ship (we were on a cruise)...It was 3 huge bags each... and so CHEAP compared to the exact same yarn in the states.. I mean... $7 a hank compared to $45 a ball!!!!!

Have the very best time..

There is yarn everywhere.. but make sure you get soft yarn.. and sometimes that is hard to get.. colors are amazing everywhere but most are itchy... so I stuck with the store and felt like I was in Heaven!!!
quote=CrazyCatLady quote=AusaicMosaic quote=Cra... (show quote)


This does look like an awsome place:

http://www.milanahilados.com.ar/contacto.php?idi=ing

http://www.amerpages.com/eng/argentina/items/view/90637/milana-hilados

Aren't we the international bunch! "Knittingneedles", thanks for sharing, and your avatar colors are fantastic.
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Jun 28, 2011 13:51:22   #
vringman
 
Do you have to contact them to get the prices?
Jun 28, 2011 13:54:42   #
kimmyz (a regular here)
 
vringman wrote:
Do you have to contact them to get the prices?



Looks that way. I didn't see any prices posted on their Web site. You could email them.
Jun 28, 2011 15:02:55   #
knittingneedles
 
vringman wrote:
Do you have to contact them to get the prices?


Their USA distributor is Pagewood Farms so if you want to purchase their stuff in the USA.. you have to contact Pagewood Farms...

http://www.pagewoodfarm.com/new/2010/Home.html

Tell them that you saw the yarn you want on Milana Hilados website...

I believe that if you are out of the USA they will sell to you.. But I am not sure of that... But they are most helpful and really nice.. Email and you can ask for Joji since she is the english interpreter at the store and actually knits most of the samples.. She is amazing...just say Nina sent you... Joji remembers me!!!
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