Caron Cakes Yarn Exclusively at Michaels Stores USA

The Future of Caron Cakes: Customers Unite… Michaels Stores and Caron Yarns Respond

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

63 thoughts on “The Future of Caron Cakes: Customers Unite… Michaels Stores and Caron Yarns Respond

  • October 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    Your mission, (and you must choose to accept it!) is to get Caron cakes available in the UK in 2017, at a reasonable price. The British crochet crowd is starving, we need cake/s!!
    Yes, we could get them on Ebay or Amazon, but p&p straight from the States is eye-wateringly expensive! (£7.35 – 49.99/ ball!).
    We need your help!
    This message will not self-destruct in 5 seconds….

    • Jeanne - The Crochet Crowd
      October 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm
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      We are sorry to disappoint, but have no connection to the yarn. Right now, it’s exclusive to Michaels Store through 2017, so I’d suggest contacting them about shipping to your area of the world.

  • October 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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    Love these Caron Cakes colors. First time I saw them on the shelf I bought what I could due to unique look and packaging of the item not realizing these were going to be a hot commodity. A month later when I found out they were going out of stock I ordered some from Ebay at approximately 10.99 a skein. It is maddening that Ebayers are buying up all the Caron Cakes they can get and selling them on Ebay for up to double and triple the original price of these. At the time I bought them from Ebay you could not get them in the stores anymore. If I had known at that time Michaels would run them through 2017 I sure would have waited. I just ordered more colors from Michaels online one day after they restocked and already I could only get five colors. Really? Five years from now most consumers who bought this yarn will still have it in their stash and shaking their heads over why they had to have that yarn and what they paid for it. Oddly enough you don’t see much of this yarn on Amazon but what I did see was $19.99 for one color.

  • September 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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    I hope they come out with some color ways with darker colors, would love to see black in the cakes, maybe a night sky inspired cake and lime green to black progression. I love the cakes glad they are staying

  • September 21, 2016 at 1:06 am
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    I just wrote a long winded comment but forgot to say Thank You for the Caron Cake explanation. This information is very helpful and I am in 4 local fiber arts groups plus other get-togethers in my area and love to share information. Blessings to all who area behind the scenes. Happy Hooking!

  • September 21, 2016 at 12:56 am
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    I am located in Central Illinois (USA) and was lucky to walk into the Michael’s store on a Friday afternoon when the first shipment of 270 cakes was placed on their shelves. It didn’t really resonate with me and so no cakes jumped into my cart so I initially did not purchase any. Within an hour after leaving Michael’s I spoke to a friend who was there looking at the same yarn cakes and asking me if I had seen this new yarn and I said yes, I just left there but the yarn just didn’t jump out in my cart. She said 12 cakes jumped into her cart so I asked her to get me 2 cakes. I sat down that evening and began to work with one cake. While it is a 4 ply worsted acrylic/wool blend, for me it is like working with other yarns except I fell in love with how the color changes were in longer yardage than other variegated yarns. On Sunday after church I went back to purchase a few more cakes and the shelves were empty and sold out an hour earlier. The manager told me to come back in a few weeks and check when and if another shipment was to arrive and I did. She said if I gave her the color choices she would hold them but I had to pick them up quickly. I got busy and forgot to check the internet colors for what I wanted but walked into Michael’s around noon. Just 1 hour after the cakes….another 270 had been put on the shelf. A lady drove from 75 miles to this store and stood at the door as the manager was unlocking for the day. She said she was here to get Caron Cakes and she would stand and wait until they were on the shelves. She purchased 170 of the Caron Cakes. When I arrived about a hour later, the choices were a little slim. She took all of the Bumbleberry, Blueberry Cheesecake, Cake Pop, Red Velvet, royal Icing, Rainbow Sprinkles, Lilac Frosting, Jellyroll, Faerie Cake and several of each of the other colors. While I was trying to decide what colors to purchase, at least 15 women came in to get cake yarn and each one walked out with at least 6 cakes. So I had to put several in my cart so I could decide. I did feel bad because my first choice in what was on the shelf was the Cherry Chip—it had the most color and another lady was really wanting it but she wanted 4 cakes so I didn’t feel all that bad. The Boston Cream and Cookies and cream were so much alike but yet different that I couldn’t make up my mind and finally chose both. So I finally chose 10 cakes: 2 Cherry Chip, 2 Gelato, 2 Boston Cream, 1 Key lime, 1 Buttercream, 1 Macaron and 1 Cookies and Cream. I finished with the first 2 cakes from the first shipment and have already used 4 of the 2nd shipment. I am like a lot of fiber arts folks in the community and have yarn stashed everywhere and have plenty to keep me busy but none that have the color change pattern like the Caron Cakes do. That I am very pleased with. The yarn itself is nice to work with and is soft considering it is a blend that contains wool. So I am very pleased. I ran into the store for something else 3 days later and the manager told me the 2nd shipment of Caron Cakes had sold out in less than 24 hours. She has never seen any item fly off the shelf so fast in her 28 year retail career. She did tell me that Michael’s headquarters received so many requests for more of the yarn and that this was supposed to be a 3 month special for the Caron Yarn Birthday celebration but that Michael’s and Caron Yarns came to an agreement to supply more yarn and do a soft placement with no advertisements until the local stores could keep up with the demand which they figure would be at least 60 days. Caron Yarns made an agreement that the Caron Cakes were to be exclusive with Michael’s for at least 1 year and there would be no online selling of this yarn until early spring 2017 (March/April). The manager was very gracious and said if I wanted to give her colors to hold when the next shipment comes in which she believes to be about the 2nd week of November that she would kindly hold them for me—-which I thought very nice. Michael’s wants to be sure that all Michael’s have the yarn and it is in place for purchasing before there is any heavy public advertising. This yarn reminds me of the Red Heart Scrubby yarn that came out about 2 years ago and slowly it staring hitting the shelve about 1 year ago and now most of the stores are carrying it. I remember ordering online and it took over 6 months for the yarn to arrive. I had in the meantime found a skein here and there to make my projects. Of course now the Scrubby is not only in nice bright colors but also in variegated and sparkly colors as well. I am beginning to use my 7th cake and don’t want to keep making the same project so I am looking for patterns that I think will look good with the colorways of this yarn. Blessings to all who have been successful to find the yarn. Happy Hooking! Pam

  • September 17, 2016 at 11:25 am
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    My yarn of choice has always been Caron, and if they run out, I start searching all over the internet for Caron, esp if I want a specific color, may cost more doing it that way…..but if you want it bad enough….you find it!! and You buy it!!!

    • September 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm
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      I prefer Caron yarn as well, but have not been able to find the colors I would like at my local Michael’s. I have looked on the Internet and I am afraid I am not willing to pay what is being asked for one ball of yarn. People are taking advantage of the shortage and selling it as high as $49.99 for a single ball. I think that ranks right up there with extortion.

  • September 16, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    Please can the Caron Cakes be made available to New Zealand and Australia ?! The international market seems to be completely overlooked.

    • Jeanne - The Crochet Crowd
      September 18, 2016 at 7:34 am
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      Sorry, but The Crochet Crowd has no control over distribution of any yarn. We are here to provide education and inspiration.

  • September 16, 2016 at 9:46 am
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    This is good news for those that have a store in town, You didn’t address on line??? I love my yarn but I am not traveling 3 hours round trip for it.

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      September 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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      I’m unsure what is happening with the online. I wasn’t given that information to respond to. I am sure once the stores are back up to speed, they will again sell online. That’s just an assumption.

  • September 16, 2016 at 4:45 am
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    “there is a small limited number of winding machines that can actually wind the yarn to make it look like a cake. ”

    Wait, what? This is literally how a ball winder makes yarn look. It can be done with a simple electric winder. Is it just that Caron doesn’t have many?

    • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
      September 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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      Not to produce hundreds of thousands of balls instantly no. The winding process of a yarn ball verses those electric or hand winding cranks are much different in industrial size.

  • September 15, 2016 at 11:27 pm
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    Stopped by Michaels for a new hook and saw these on sale. I was going to buy one to play with but went ahead and bought the only six they had out in the light blue shades because I thought it would look nice in a purple blanket! Glad I didn’t wait!

  • September 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    Omgosh if I had a tequila shot for Everytime you said balls I would be drunk of my…. well you know LOL…. Thanks for the info. You two are hilarious and informative. PS just bought my first cakes. My Michael’s had plenty today!

  • September 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm
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    Beyonce – Halo

  • September 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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    Great news for State side residents …. But what about those of us across the water ….. And downunder in Australia. The interest in this yarn is not restricted to the USA …..

  • September 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    Would love to be able to get online. I have a o drive over an hour to get to a Michaels store and I have mobility issues. I usually buy my yarn online.

    • September 19, 2016 at 3:43 pm
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      i understand about buying onine i have the same probs u have. Michaels does not sell these little cakes on line, just like if u want to buy caron light or other yarn online u have 3 of the same color online. Lots of time I may need 15 different colors so i would have to buy 45 skeins just to get my 15 if i were to buy on line , I really am not that rich. i also have a ways to drive to my store and have disablity issues. Oh and by the way if I go to the store i am able to buy a single skein of yarn and any Caron Cakes I would like. TOTALLY NOT FAIR!!!

  • September 15, 2016 at 10:35 am
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    Mikey,
    Forgot to write about your video for separating colors. It is absolutely bang-on. Thanks

  • September 15, 2016 at 10:32 am
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    Excellent article and explanation. I’m glad for on-line ordering too. So far it’s good to know there are more cakes in the oven.
    Thanks to everyone for this info.

  • September 15, 2016 at 10:18 am
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    I enjoy listen to you Mickery

  • September 15, 2016 at 10:17 am
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    I love the yarn. But it is way to much color one off color before the next color . The next time. I will made some this I tie the color and wrapped around like paper towels . Than go next. Color . What all do you all think what I said Joyce

    • September 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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      I actually really like the long stripes and am glad that they did that. You have to work with the striping pattern in whatever self-striping yarn you choose to use. If you don’t like the way Caron Cakes stripes, then get a different striping yarn.

  • September 15, 2016 at 10:03 am
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    Great news! Thanks to you, Mikey for keeping us informed. Thanks to Caron and Michaels stores for positive response!

  • September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    I LOVE this yarn. I’m so glad that it will still be available. I was only able to buy 4 cakes but, I will be buying more. Will there be a Christmas line like Yule log, Gingerbread or even frosted snow?
    Thanks for such a great product

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:42 am
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    Hi Mikey that’s great news I only have one problem I live in the UK and we don’t have Michaels stores so I’m afraid I have no choice but to got to the Caron cake dealers on the websites you mentioned as I can not get it from genuine places. Its a shame that yarninspirations do not sell this yarn too as I would rather purchase this from a genuine company than take the risk with the websites but I neeeeeeeeeeeeed caron cakes. My OCD (obsessive crochet disorder) is crying for cake.

    • September 15, 2016 at 9:25 pm
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      I wonder how much shipping some to you would cost? I’d be willing to send you some.

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:40 am
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    OMG you guys crack me up! Love the dynamic between you two 🙂

    Great to know that the cakes are coming soon! 🙂

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:28 am
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    I’d really love to have this yarn will it be available worldwide ie UK?

  • September 15, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    Please make this available in the UK. Too far to travel to shop.

  • September 15, 2016 at 6:29 am
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    Would be really good if the news was that we, who live so freaking far from a Michaels (i.e. over 200 miles) that we can order it online, that would be the icing on the (Caron) Cake.

  • September 15, 2016 at 5:05 am
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    Thanks for this info, knowing that more is coming is wonderful. Please pass my thanks on to the president of Caron and thanks to Michaels. I look forward to being able to order this yarn and perhaps a visit to a Michaels.

    • September 15, 2016 at 10:21 am
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      I love yarn but way to much one color before the next color next time I made something I would cut the color I am use and wrapped around paper towels roll a empty one and than use the next color . What you all think what I said Joyce

  • September 15, 2016 at 4:43 am
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    Just wish they would make it an all acrylic yarn too. Would love to give it a try but as I am allergic to wool (even in very small percentages- 3%) I have to leave it alone. I know I am not the only one.

    • September 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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      Same here, the rash it gives me is not fun. Please consider an all acrylic ‘cake’ for those of us that are allergic.

    • September 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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      Me too. I would like it with no wool. Highly allergic. Sure is pretty.

  • September 15, 2016 at 3:29 am
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    Hope those caron cakes reach Ireland at some stage

  • September 15, 2016 at 2:37 am
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    Once again, Mikey, Bang On! Thank you for you live feed today and for your explanation here. Hopefully people will pass this news on and be patient for the next shipment. I hope the cost stays like it has been with this one so people can afford it when it gets here. That’s going to be expensive for Caron and Michaels, so we’ll have to wait and see. Have a great day!! Hugs and Love!

  • September 15, 2016 at 2:02 am
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    Meant to say – So happy to read this! Thanks so much for your extraordinary efforts – Great product. Whew finally spelled all the words right.

  • September 15, 2016 at 1:56 am
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    So happy to hear this! Thanks so mich for your extraordinary effort – great porduct!

  • September 15, 2016 at 12:38 am
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    Yes, as a Michaels associate, I am glad to see this. I have had so many customers complain and get pretty hostile about this yarn. As a crocheter, I make a cringey face any time I see yet another post about it. I really appreciate this post, and would love to see it shared over and over again. <3

  • September 15, 2016 at 12:25 am
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    Bang on! Thank you Caron Yarn for appreciating the “Hookers” who use your product and love this particular one.

  • September 15, 2016 at 12:23 am
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    Will it ever be available to purchase online….we don’t have a Michael’s store close to us…it’s 2 1/2 hours away

  • September 15, 2016 at 12:22 am
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    I hope they ship to stores that didn’t get any at all…the closest store for me is an hour away Evansville ,IN and they never got any of this beautiful yarn in and I can’t wait for them to get it in!!!!

  • September 14, 2016 at 11:57 pm
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    Love it and you!

  • September 14, 2016 at 11:22 pm
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    Does everyone realize this yarn is hand wash only. I chose not to buy it for that reason even tho I loved the colors.

  • September 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm
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    October 14th is a payday Friday for me so I’m taking that day off and racing to Medford Oregon to buy some more cakes! Can’t wait. Still wish they made this available online though.

  • September 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm
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    thank you for the information ..I love the cakes ..I like many crafter”s hope they will continue to produce a beautiful yarn that is such a pleasure to work with ..iv’e only used i cake so far but have 3 more to use foe a project ..I made a caplet out of the one ball..thank you and your staff at the Crochet Crowd to keep us crocheters informed and with new and exciting projects..

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm
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    While I’m happy for all who are wanting these Caron Cakes on hearing that they will be replenished I find it upsetting that there is not an option with Michaels’ stores for those of us in Australia who are wanting to purchase these delicious cakes of yarn. When I saw this yarn first come out I was wanting to order some online but however found out that unless we have someone buy it for us and ship to us, or buy it from someone on-selling on an eBay site, there is no way for us Aussies to get some. So maybe you could just mention it to someone that there are plenty of people ‘Down Under’ who would love to purchase this glorious yarn. Thankyou

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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    You were Bang on Mikey! That’s what was needed so we could all understand that it will be here to stay & to have patience. Thanks for all the work you do & being the best!

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:27 pm
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    Bang on. I’ve never seen anything like this with the customer having such an influence. I’ve got 3 balls of this yarn and am happy to have been able to pick it up at my local Michael’s store.

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:19 pm
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    Bang on…thanks

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:14 pm
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    Great article. Very informative. One thing, can you tell me where someone from Australia (me) can get their hands on some of this wool????? Pretty please, beg, Grovel, plead xxx

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:13 pm
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    Thank you for the good news! I LOVE the Caron Cakes. I am allergic to 100% wool yarn, but the Caron Cakes have not caused a reaction. I look forward to many projects in the future.

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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    I absolutely dislike the abrupt color change of the Caron Cakes.

    I won’t buy them.

    I took the ones I did purchase back.

    I can do abrupt changes myself and in a much nicer way and in more appropriate places than this random, sudden color change.

    Until Caron changes or creates a long lead in color change ‘cake’, I will not be buying their product.

  • September 14, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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    Like always…”bang on” or as I’d say here in my neck of the woods…SPOT ON! 😀

  • September 14, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    I wish to thank you Mikey and caron yarn for letting us know that our concerns are your concerns. I am someone that will be waiting on the Cake yarn. I hope they make it available online as I have no access to a Michaels store, I live up in the mountains of Pa and have no way to get to the nearest location to me which would be Harrisburg Pa, and lastly you were “BANG ON”

  • September 14, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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    Please is there any way you can make Caron Cakes available to the UK market.

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