Caron Cakes Return to Michaels Stores
Back in August, Caron Cakes suddenly appeared on the shelf at Michaels Stores. We are sponsored by Caron but are not privy to some of the brands that come out before they appear on the shelf. Caron Cakes were definitely one of those products.
We called Caron to ask them about this yarn once we saw photos coming through social media. We were given the skinny on the product and told it’s a Michaels Stores Exclusive Product. Having exclusivities is normal in the craft industry. This particular product really grabbed attention to that fact.
Both Caron and Michaels Stores were caught off guard by the popularity. Knitters and crocheters flocked to Michaels and in many stores, wiped the shelves clean in a matter of weeks. This yarn was initially a 3 month only item but Michaels Stores had sold most of their stock in only 3 weeks. It left bare spots on the shelves.
Consumers walloped Michaels and Caron to get more out. Production had to be halted on other items and new cakes had to be made. The process to make new cakes to get them to Michaels is about 4 – 6 weeks. To keep up with demand, Caron had them flown into the closest Michaels Stores Distribution Centers to get the stores restocked.
The 3 month product was then extended indefinitely with the exclusivity continuing with Michaels into 2017.
The planes started arriving last week and trucks quickly moving product from the planes to distribution for sort to the stores. Shipments are being rushed to as many Michaels Stores as possible for refill. Meanwhile, Caron is continuing to make more so that the item can be a regular stocked item. We have already seen many Michaels Stores restocking and the customers are cleaning off the shelves once again. This time though, there is a steady supply of yarn being made to eventually catch up to the customers interest level.
We were to receive a phone call once the planes started to arrive. We were able to tag along with the process of restocking Michaels.
What Makes This Yarn Special?
- This yarn is 7.1 oz of yarn goodness.
- It’s bigger than value based brands such as Bernat Super Super Value. Though it’s compressed to a cake, it’s wider than a value ball giving the illusion it’s smaller when, in fact, it’s bigger.
- There are 5 distinct colours inside a Caron Cake. Typical variegated yarns only have 3.
- The colours go for extremely long lengths before suddenly switching to the next colour.
- The Caron Designers of the yarn really mixed up the cake batter to provide a fun play of matching and accent colours inside the yarn.
- It’s 80% acrylic and 20% wool.
- Initially, this yarn was tested to be acrylic but it didn’t have the lustre and fullness. So wool was added to the product to keep it light, fluffy, soft and for the dyes to hold their colour.
- Contrary to mis-information, this yarn will not felt. It’s only 20% wool. There’s not enough wool inside to make felt.
- Recommendations show to hand wash and dry without washer and dryer. We have seen success stories on gentle cycle in cold water with this yarn and the projects are just fine. A light tumble in the dryer as it dries quickly. Use your own judgement.
- Having wool inside the yarn automatically raises the prices of yarn as many know. For the $7.99 USD per ball and the yardage and colours provided, this is exceptional value at full retail price. Any sales just make this yarn a steal.
Compare to Another Brand
There is another brand on the market that looks similar but it’s not the same product. There are differences.
- The competitor ball is smaller in appearance.
- The yardage is much less than a Caron Cake.
- There is only 3 colours inside the ball instead of 5 like a Caron Cake. This makes the dye process quicker and cheaper to make.
- The competitor is 100% Acrylic which makes it cheaper to make. The lack of wool inside the ball makes this cheaper.
- The yarn strands don’t appear as thick as a Caron Cake but that’s due to the wool that is used in a Caron Cake.
- If you are allergic to wool, this is the better option of the two.
While some believe it’s the same product. The material make up, color options and yardage offered are not the same product. Some have claimed the Caron Cake is over priced compared to this brand. I would say that would be true if the yardage, colour options and materials used in the ball are the same but they are not. Adding wool to any yarn automatically increases the price as it’s more expensive to harvest wool for yarn.