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« on: June 02, 2008 07:19:30 PM »

So I moved recently, and I just checked out my new LYS, and I have to say I'm disappointed. The shop employees were perfectly nice and the selection was fine, if small. But when I asked if they knew of any local knitting groups, I was told that they have a group that meets twice a week, in the shop, and it's $5 per person.

@#$^#$^^#$#$^#$$%^$^!!!!

I understand that a business has a perfect right to charge anything they please for the use of their premises, and they did mention that help is available during those times, but... but... Maybe I'm just spoiled, coming from an LYS that gave help anytime for free and allowed my Stitch n Bitch (which met in a coffee shop, which only charged us for our food and let us sit there as long as we liked) to post fliers, and the employee who came to our SNB to give out business cards. It's perfectly legal and acceptable business, yes, but it's not exactly the open-arms customer service response you'd expect from a brick-and-mortar shop in the dot-com age. I think I'll be sticking to knitpicks and ebay and looking elsewhere for my IRL knit community (because as awesome as craftster and the blogiverse are, I still want one).

Thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008 07:26:20 PM »

$5 per meeting?  Wow  Shocked.  I have a group through Meetup and since we have a monthly fee to the web administrator, we ask for an optional $1 per meeting, but we only meet once a month, not twice a week. 

I went to a local yarn shop that told me not to handle the yarn  Huh I don't shop there anymore.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008 08:12:16 PM »

what do you live in.  maybe there is something else available. and  have you tried yahoo groups locally sometimes  they meet outside the net.
depends on your area really.

one of our LYS has a strick rule if you are not using their classes you can't meet there.  mind you classes are about 20 bucks a meeting. "But our specialists can help you with any problem that may arise!"  My comment  was " Well my problem is paying 20 bucks to sit in your store!"
the Yarn is over priced and the peope are snooty too!
so keep trying there has to be other options.  starbucks are popping up everywhere.   Maybe you can start your own group.
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008 08:50:10 PM »

Yeah, I may have to start my own group. I'm really more of a dropper-in than a starter-up, though...

It really colored my experience at the shop, you know? The lady hung around talking to me about how great Noro is, and if it hadn't been for the $5 thing I would've thought, oh, how helpful of her! But now it's more like, oh, how high-pressure-saleswomanly of her! And also, how buy-something-and-get-out. It's definitely not a store for browsing, and that's what a store is for, you know? How can I decide what to buy if I can't fondle and ponder and fondle some more?
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008 11:14:33 AM »

I went to a local yarn shop that told me not to handle the yarn  Huh I don't shop there anymore.

Seriously?  The thought of going into a yarn store and not being able to touch the yarn is just horrible.


As far as paying for a knitting group goes, I have seen the same thing.  The shop that I used to go to had a knitting group that charged $5 per meeting as well.  It discouraged me from looking for a group for a long time because I thought that may have been standard practice. 
I agree that it changes the way you would look at the shop.  It makes them seem as if they are much more interested in the profit of knitting, than the community of knitting.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008 09:54:51 AM »

You may want to check on Ravelry as there are tons of groups geared to geographical areas. I know they can charge what they want, but really if they allow people to gather and knit there and have a welcoming environment then its likely you will support them by purchasing yarn and such.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008 01:48:17 PM »

you can also check yahoogroups to see if there is a local knitting group..ravelry as someone else mentioned is a great idea too..

good luck and happy knitting..
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008 03:21:06 PM »

i third the ravelry rec.  that's how i met my most awesomely awesome knitting group!  of course, it's my first knitting group, but they are seriously awesome! 

where are you living now?
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2008 10:28:24 AM »

Northeast Pennsylvania. I've googled, but didn't find anything. I guess this means I should join (or rather, join the waitlist for) Ravelry...
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2008 04:53:15 PM »

That's pretty odd (the $5 thing and the "no handling the yarn" business!).  I work at my local LYS and we don't let groups come in to knit, but we have knitting classes several days a week.  The rule is if you have paid for classes and you come in and expect to be helped and taught, you have to use the products you buy from the shop.  So, no HobbyLobby or Wal-Mart yarn or yarn bought from another shop.  But, other than that it's pretty lenient.  Hm, yeah I'd go to another store!  Good luck. Smiley
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