You'd have to be crazy...

I was just wandering around the Net looking at different yarns and saw one called Vicuna yarn. So I clicked and read about the rare nature of the yarn. Then I saw the price tag for one skein...

Are you kidding me right now? Who is crazy enough to pay $300 for one skein of yarn? I can't even imagine that it would be worth it. That's like giving someone $150 for the Princess Diana beanie baby!!!! It's a stuffed bear!?!?!?!

I must be trapped in consumerism because there was a small part of me that thought, "$300? It MUST be good!" Needless to say, the rest of me laughed at that small part and my wallet remained securely hidden away in my pocket.


Jason1978's picture

actually I can beat you there, I was in Vienna this summer and visited a yarn shop, they had yarn (and I've seen them sell it!!) which sold for €250 per skein!

'Why are you weeping? Did you imagine that I was immortal?'

MMario's picture

well - the vicuna is rare. The yarn is (if I remember correctly) hand harvested from a very small number of individual animal that are rounded up annually and held ONLY long enough to comb out the shedding undercoat. Probably not the easiest task in the world, considering the animal is probably panicking. The vicuna doesn't breed in captivity.

BUT....there is hope that crossbreeding with alpacas will result in larger yields of almost equally fine wool. they are calling the crosbreeds "Pacuna". Ten years ago it was hard to find alpaca yarn, and it was MUCH more expensive then today- hopefully in ten years "pacuna" will readily available....*grin*

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

crmartin's picture

There was someone on Ravelry that traded her iphone for some quivot and then decided to sell it after she received it. I had a panic attack after I paid $35 for a skein of Wollmeise.