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auction yarn

We went to the Sterling auction last weekend - haven't been in a while. And it was one of those fabulous auctions where you wanted to buy everything in sight, but had limited money.

And, boy oh boy was there ever yarn - I wish I had the camera to take pictures, but I didn't think to bring it this time. There was a vintage sweater & skirt kit - by Beehive Wool. It was fingering weight wool and matching wool fabric, with patterns to make a skirt & vest. It went for only $5 (plus the usual tax & 10% buyers premium) but I wasn't the one who scoffed it up - I was too busy bidding on the bag of vintage knitting needles, vintage cable needles, and tapestry yarn (outbid), the HUGE box of mainly wool yarn - there was tons of cotton & 4 or 5 skeins of acrylic, too, but it was mainly 100% wool. Image Hosted by ImageShack.usI'm not sure how many pounds were in the box, as the box was almost as tall as I am, but we are talking a lot of yarn. My mom agreed to go in halves with me, as long as I used all the wool for CIC (which was my plan, anyway) and the acrylic for the nursing home afghans (again, that was the plan - I was going to keep the cotton for myself, but everything else was going to go to charity), but I was outbid at $40. It was easily worth a few hundred dollars. I wish I could remember brands, but I don't - but most of the yarn had price tags on it of $8 & up.

There were several other interesting lots of knitting related items - a bag of vintage circs, still in packages - at the end of the auction, but I did manage to snag one lot of mainly wool yarn - for $5.

One pair of size 8 straight needles (will be donated somewhere)
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6 skeins of Brunswick Yarns, 100% pure virgin wool - each weighin 4 ounces. It's a gray color. I'm earmarking one skein for me, and the other 5 skeins will be for CIC knitting (I'll probably add leftovers of sock yarn along with it for color, or maybe some of the donated cone yarn I got last summer, that's a fingering weight).
4 skeins of Plymouth Encore Colorspun, 75% acrylic, 25% wool. Not sure what I'll do with this - 3.5 ounce skeins

1 full skein of New Zealand Wool Pack - 100% pure new wool from New Zealand, 10 ply, shade 04 Charcoal - 250 grams. Plus a decent size ball of same yarn all balled up - probably half of a full skein. One of the other lots was part of the sweater all knitted up & more of the same yarn, but I was too busy bidding on the big box of wool, so missed out on it. Sterling's a field auction, so there's a lot going on all at once, so sometimes it's hard to bid on a lot of different things if it's all in the same row. I think I'll be using this wool for CIC, but haven't officially decided yet. If it was a color other than black, it would definitely go to CIC, but I don't like to use a lot of black unless I can mix it up. Color's more fun for the kids.