I am in Gainesville, too! I have been trying to find crocheters and have so far found one through meetup.com. Also, I just read in the paper about a Feminist Knitting and Crochet group that meets on campus on Tuesdays.
Xiolagrl, unfortunately the yarn shop you speak of is gone. There is one farther up 13th called yarnworks that I have not been to yet.