A Find: Swedish Rug Yarn

We’ll be moving into our new house in a few months, so I really shouldn’t be adding to my stash.  That’s especially true considering I recently added punch needle rug making to my fiber arts repertoire thinking it would be a great way to use up stashed yarn! But how can a true fiber addict turn her back on a good sale?!  That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. 🙂

The owner of Eugene Textile Center bought up the stock of a book store (!?) that went out of business.  She displayed the yarns on the center’s back porch, offering them at a great sale price:  US$4/lb.   I bought four bags of Borgs Vävgarner rug yarn, each containing ten 100g skeins, of single ply, tightly spun Swedish rug yarn in a beautiful mossy-olive green, and about another 12 or so skeins of complementary colors.

The skeins felt what I would describe as “old” (I would hazard a guess of several decades old) and smelled dusty, so I decided to take advantage of a spurt of hot summer weather and wash them and let them dry on the back porch.  I could fit 10 skeins at a time in a large enameled pot, so I scoured the yarn in batches.  If you’ve never done this before, it’s quite simple.  Here’s what I did:

  • GreenRugYarnI filled the pot with cold water, added Eucalan soap, pushed the skeins into the pot, put on the lid and brought the water to a boil.
  • Then I added some vinegar and simmered for 10 minutes.
  • I next moved the skeins into a large colander waiting in the sink.  There they dripped and cooled a bit.
  • When cool enough to handle, I took the skeins to hang outside to drip and dry in the breeze and morning sunlight.

Be forewarned … this process may be a bit messy.

During this recent burst of yarn scouring, the pot boiled over several times; I slopped and dripped a lot of water from the pot onto the floor as I fished out skeins (dripping water on the stove and counter).  I then set them in a very large bowl which I next walked to the sink (water dripping from the overhanging skeins) where I transferred the skeins into a large colander to drip and cool a bit before transferring them back to the very large bowl.  I then walked through the house to the back door to the back porch.

3burnerstoveSoon I won’t worry as much about the spillage.  As we’re building a new house, I asked for a gas outlet on the covered back porch.  In the future, I’ll be doing all my canning, yarn scouring and dyeing outside.  I already bought a heavy duty, outdoor three-burner gas stove.  (In the interim, however, this recent yarn-scouring frenzy reinforced my decision to NOT extend the hardwood flooring that will be throughout the new house into the kitchen.)

Thor and I have been working on designs for a rug that I will make in the punch needle method.  The beautiful green wool rug yarn will be the main color.  In my next blog post, I will share some of the designs we’ve been toying with.

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8 Responses to A Find: Swedish Rug Yarn

  1. Pingback: Surprise Rug Yarn: Cowhair | The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

  2. salpal1 says:

    that’s a hard decision – but if you don’t love what is there, then why spend time on it? Time is precious. Make what you love.


  3. Oh yes! Right now I’ve just finished counting out my warp and have to decide whether to cut off and toss the warp currently on my loom (I don’t really like its feel!) before starting to warp the loom and begin weaving the alpaca rug!

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  4. Well, we TRY … and then I assuage myself: I bought only 72 skeins. 🙂


  5. Libby says:

    Resistance is futile! I never can resist a yarn bargain. Good luck with your project.


  6. salpal1 says:

    so much to love in this post – a fabulous yarn deal – a new outdoor kitchen area coming – VERY exciting! – AND a rug plan being created? wonderful times. (never mind a bit of water spilled)


  7. Generally I don’t lean toward green when it comes to home furnishings, but THIS green I like!


  8. Susan McKee-Nugent says:

    ARGH!!! I am SO jealous 🙂 but happy for you. That IS my favourite colour, just so you know!! Like in case the owner buys out another book store! That is pretty funny. I have a laundry sink I guess you’d call it and it is very handy for big stuff like that but good idea for an outdoor setup.


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