Thrifty yarn enabling list and Yarn on a budget tips and ideas.
Thrifty Yarn enabling list
Alpaca Direct – Wide range of yarn brands available (USA)
BC Garn (Germany)
Bendigo Woollen Mills (Australia)
Briggs and Little (Canada)
Cascade Yarns (Worldwide from LYS & online)
Colour Mart Luxury mill end yarn on cones at excellent prices, including luxury fibres like silk or cashmere.
Cygnet (in particular the sock yarn)
Darn Good Yarn Sale page
Dyed and Gone – Discontinued bargains
Garn Studio/ Drops Yarn (Norway/EU)
Harrisville -Budget friendly mill ends and great deals – in person shoppers only(USA)
Hobby Lobby (USA)
Holst Garn (Denmark/online)
Juniper Moon Farm (online and LYS)
Knit Picks (Online)
Malabrigo (Online and your LYS)
Morris and Sons (Australia)
Mineville Wool project dying and selling mill ends out of Nova Scotia
Stylecraft Yarns (UK)
The Sheep Shed mill ends/discontinued colors from Brown Sheep yarns
Topsy Farms (Canada/online)
Webs/Yarn.com (USA) often have special offers plus a range of yarns for all budgets.
West Yorkshire Spinners (UK)
Wool Warehouse (UK)
Yarn Stories (Lithuania) Beautiful linen + other
Keep an eye out at your LTS (local thrift store)
Indie Dyers who regularly offer discontinued, imperfect, or mis-dyed specials
Natural Fibre Arts (Australia)
Neighborhood Fibre co.
Red Sock Blue Sock (Canada) regular sale section plus quarterly pre-orders for Sweater Quantities at a greatly reduced price.
Simply Sock Indie yarn sale section
Unwound Recycled Yarn (Australia) reclaimed sweaters
Yarn on a budget tips & ideas
Yarnsub.com handy tool to look for yarn substitutes.
Quick guide to substituting yarns.
Great blog post on recycling a hand knit
Video: How to recycle a thrifted sweater for yarn.
UnRavelers – A ravelry group for all things yarn recycling.
Dye you own yarn – naked/undyed yarn can be found at great prices. Some suppliers include: Dyersupplier, knomad, Blue Faced, Chester Wool (Large min purchase)
Love to Dye (Ravelry group)