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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS's we LOVE on: November 16, 2006 09:06:21 AM
Since so many Canadians have been posting, I feel I should mention Blue Stone Alpacas in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.  Not a yarn store exactly, it's actually an alpaca farm with a bed and breakfast and a gift shop that generally carries DK and lace weight natural alpaca from their own animals.  Their animals have won awards for good reason!  Their alpacas are some of the softest I've ever encountered.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS's we LOVE on: November 14, 2006 10:53:16 AM
Oooh, I'll be in Portland in a couple of weeks, I'll have to check out Northwest Wools!  Grin
Yarn Garden in Portland also has a great selection, but I don't find their staff as nice as the folks at NW Wools. 
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS Stories - All Sides on: November 13, 2006 09:14:44 AM
I'm 19, but I'm a moderately advanced knitter, and I always get treated like I don't know the difference between dk weight and bulky weight yarn.

I have the same problem at one of the LYS's in my town.  They just outright ignore anyone under 40. 
Also, I work at a yarn store, and have had customers judge me based on my age as well.  Once a lady came in, walked up to me (I was standing behind the counter), and said, very slowly, "I have a question that you probably can't help me with.  I need to talk to an <i>experienced</i> knitter."
The problem with her project, btw, was that she hadn't knit a gauge swatch and couldn't figure out why her sweater was so huge.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do you use as a knitting bag? on: November 13, 2006 09:01:13 AM

I like the idea of finding something on etsy, though; for some reason I never thought to look there. 

Thanks, and keep the ideas and suggestions coming!

I have a little tote that I bought from "gadgetgirl" on etsy, and it's really adorable.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: LYS's we LOVE on: November 12, 2006 12:54:04 PM
Yay for New England!  Have you ever been the Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, VT?  It's a must for natural-fiber junkies.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / LYS's we LOVE on: November 12, 2006 11:25:53 AM
Okay, I've been reading lots of posts lately with LYS horror stories, so I thought, for a positive change, we could share some of the good ones.
I'll start: Northwest Wools in Portland, Oregon, has the nicest clerks ever.  And a great selection.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: is there such thing as 14" circular needles? on: November 12, 2006 11:19:19 AM
Oh, man, I really love plying Kidsilk Haze into practically anything.  Also, to Christinanne, don't you love the way Malibrigo smells like vinegar?
Thanks so much everyone for the great advice.  I knit a test pair on 16" size 9's, and they actually worked out okay.  They're about 13.5" around, but i found they weren't stretched out by the needles.

I sure hope that pic worked!  The only thing that concerns me about them is their staying-up power, so I think I'm going to run some elastic along the top edge.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: manly sweater: first post, first sweater on: November 12, 2006 11:19:04 AM
This looks amazing!  He's a lucky guy.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Scarf hoodie - w/ pattern on: November 12, 2006 11:15:32 AM
Your patterns are beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fess up, who's got a knitting blog? on: November 12, 2006 11:10:11 AM
Hey, I'm new to craftster but I've been knitting for a few years.  My blog isn't exclusively about knitting, but I do post all my projects on it.
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