A Mill-End Sale

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of stopping in at Lorna’s Laces Mill-End Yarn Sale.

Yarn Sale

My friend/coworker/knitting buddy Maria is apart of Chicago Knitters Group.  She invited me to come along to the sale but I already had a hair appointment scheduled for the same time and sadly declined the invite.  It was rsvp only and you had to be escorted into the space, so I knew I would never make it in time.

On a whim I decided I was going to drive over to the sale to see if Maria was still there shopping around, after my hair appointment since I got done earlier than I expected.

Yarn Sale

I knew it was close to my hair salon – but I was kicking myself pretty hard when I discovered it was in the same building, just one floor up!

Sheepishly, I entered the studio space looking for Maria.  She wasn’t around but I was warmly welcomed to come and look around, shop, and take photos.  I need yarn like a hole in the head – but who can say no to an impromptu yarn sale?!

Yarn Sale


Yarn Dye

Some undyed yarn stock:

Stock Fibers Yarn Bins

Dying vats/bins:

Yarn Dying Vats

Studio Space, looking back at the front door:

Lorna's Laces Studio

Freshly dyed yarns:

Freshly Dyed Yarn

Isn’t that a pretty mix?!

Yarn Sale

Yarn Sale

I don’t normally purchase yarns with multiple colors in them, I prefer semi-solid or solid dyes.  But I couldn’t help myself.

Coincidentally, I remembered I actually needed to shop for some worsted weight yarn.  I maaay have utterly shrunk my Channel Cardigan to the point its unwearable.  Stupid me thought I used a superwash yarn that was safe to go in the washing machine.  I was wearing it every evening and then I went and felted it in the wash.  So I went and bought this as a replacement yarn:


The colors are a bit rubbish here in the photo – but suffice it to say its a mix of dark grey, some reds, purples, and hints of green – in a pretty way.

It’s a bit out of my comfort zone, but I thought I’d give it a try.  Its kinda silly, but I’m now on the hunt for a car-coat style cardigan pattern to pair with this yarn.  Just something huge, comfy, and warm I can wear in layers around my house when it’s cold during the winter.  What’s even more silly is that I kinda just feel like making another Channel Cardigan…

I also purchased this yarn to make into a pair of socks.  It was just so pretty I had to have it.


This one is pretty true to color – its a blend of dark, smokey purple, lilac and greys.  You can tell I had a hankering for purple that day.

Thanks again Maria for inviting me to this sale!  :D

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Comments (6)

  1. Llynnda December 1, 2015 — 10:32 AM

    Oh if only I could have been a little fly on your shoulder……… I wouldn’t have even needed to actually buy anything, just to look and feel. Oh well, at least one of us went. Llynnda

  2. Bonnie December 1, 2015 — 12:07 PM

    Lovely, but I’m more interested in your visit to the hairdresser and knowing whether or not your hair is still pink :)…?

  3. Jenn December 1, 2015 — 12:36 PM

    Gah! That’s amazing! Like a kid in a toy store :) Love the yarn you picked out and can’t wait to see what you create!

    1. Liz December 2, 2015 — 9:06 AM

      Thanks Jenn. I can’t wait to get started – but I have to finish up a sweater for my husband first. My very first man-sweater. :)

  4. Amanda December 1, 2015 — 11:07 PM

    This is so cool! Thanks for sharing. I’ve never seen the yarn dye process before. So this means there aren’t blue and green and purple sheep out there? Tramautized. ;)

    1. Liz December 2, 2015 — 9:06 AM

      hahahaha Wouldn’t it be funny if all of the sheeps were their respective colors. Kinda funny – but also kinda creepy.

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