The Great Mini-Skein Split of 2011-2012

14 colorways.

2 skeins per colorway.

10 participants.

3 different mini-skein size put-ups.


Three Irish Girls was retiring 14 of their colorways, and as it turned out, they were all colorways I hadn’t tried. I was wondering how I could possibly get my hands on all of them without breaking the bank, and then I hit on the the idea of organizing a mini-skein co-op for fellow Beekeeper’s Quilt knitters.

In short order, I had 9 sign ups. I figured 10 people was the perfect number, since the skeins were 100g, so that was 10g apiece…or 20g, if people were willing to double up. The doubling up was enthusiastically agreed upon, but it led to some shuffling when 2 members opted to split a share and 2 others agreed to split the left over share. So most people were getting 20g, but there were also 10g and 30g put ups in the plans.

When the yarn showed up…it was a little intimidating.

Anatomy of a big box (5)

I got working on it right away, but I hadn’t really thought about timing. Steve was deployed, so I was doing the parent thing solo. The holidays were coming up, and I was hosting Christmas. There were designs I was trying to work on, and personal knitting I really wanted to do. I didn’t own a niddy noddy, so I figured out how to jury rig it with my swift, winding off with a ball winder to approximately the right size (I got good at eyeballing it) and then winding them back on to the swift. Then my scale broke–technically, I broke it trying to change the 9V battery, which would not come out–and I had to buy a replacement.

But eventually…it happened.

3IG co-op mini-skeins

3IG co-op mini-skein sets

I felt pretty bad at how long the co-op members had had to wait. Really, I’d started the co-op because I wanted to find a way to own all of those colorways, and they’d given me the means to do it…and then had to wait several months. So, to make it up to them, I pulled out some special yarns of mine.

3IG co-op bonus mini-skeins

Also from Three Irish Girls and on the same base (Adorn Sock), these were the Royal Commemorative Colorways Sharon had created in honor of the visit of King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway to Duluth, Minnesota – the colorways were even presented to the king and queen, making these yarns the only thing I own that royalty does as well. I especially loved Park Point Lilacs and knew Jeffrey would love Skyline Parkway, so I bought several of those on a worsted base…but I wanted one of each colorway and decided to get them on Adorn so I could make hexipuffs out of them. I spun off miniskeins of each colorway to include in each co-op package.

While I was winding them off, they were so pretty on the swift I had to take pictures of each:

3IG Adorn Skyline Parkway on swift

3IG Adorn Hawk Ridge on swift

3IG Adorn Observation Hill on swift

3IG Adorn Park Point Lilacs on swift

3IG Adorn Cooler by the Lake on swift

From top to bottom: Skyline Parkway, Hawk Ridge, Observation Hill, Park Point Lilacs, and Cooler by the Lake.

Fortunately, all the co-op members were thrilled with their yarn and very patient with me – thanks, guys! Now I can’t wait to see the hexipuffs that result.

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4 Responses to The Great Mini-Skein Split of 2011-2012

  1. Jean says:

    Well, crap… I’d have bought you a niddy noddy! Thanks for all the work tho…

    • Jen says:

      I am now the proud owner of not 1 but 2 niddy noddies, a large and a small. :-) It was just that I didn’t realize I’d need one until it was too late.

  2. Ria says:

    See, more proof we need to live closer – you could have borrowed one of mine!

    I really didn’t mind waiting… it’s not like I needed that yarn right away. It’s not like I don’t have stash. And you enabled me to have a whole bunch of TIG yarn without killing my cc. in the process!


  3. Jennifer says:

    I’m so impressed with how it came out… I know that I was really intrigued when I saw you organizing that on ravelry.

    Great job!