Thank you all for the suggestions on yarn. I've looked into them all, but nothing is like this yarn. I'm actually beginning to think that they no longer make it and that is why my mom got it on clearance at walmart. I will take the suggestion and bring a sample to our local yarn shop and see what they think and the butchers twine is a fabulous idea!
Now onto Pinterest... it started last night with a few of my boards coming and going. One minute they would be there, then gone for 1/2 an hour, then reappear for a few minutes, then on and off again all night. I emailed pinterest and got an automated response with no real answer. Then I noticed someone else pin about it happening to one of her boards, just happened to be her political board... mine were two political boards and two random boards. The boards came back this morning. BUT, now as I type this at 12:45 in the afternoon, ALL my boards are gone!! The only board left is the public Animals board I joined. So all the boards that I created have disappeared. I emailed again, we will see what they say. Anyone else experiencing this?