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« on: September 13, 2006 12:26:03 AM »

I hate that you have access to beautiful yarns that I don't.
I just want to stamp my feet and jump up and down, then say *please sir, I want some more (yarn)* and have it magically appear at a shop near me.

I don't like the thought of purchasing yarn off the internet because I really like to feel the yarn before I buy it.
I like to hear the ohhhh's and ahhhh's that escape from my mouth when I feel a new yarn for the first time.

Ok, that's it, thanks for letting me have my rant, now back to your scheduled programming.

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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2006 01:15:44 AM »

Wizardesssss, I feel your pain. Here in the UK -- despite our long history of wool production -- yarn shops tend to stock novelty yarns, acrylic DK, and a selection of expensive Rowan. There are occasional gems of yarn shops, but you have to travel to find them. It seems there's a wider choice in Canada and the US.

Don't give up on shopping online though -- many suppliers will send you samples. I know it's just not the same but it's better than nothing Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2006 02:11:34 AM »

It's a pain, isn't it? I have a decent yarn shop within reach, thankfully, so I can go and fondle yarn in my lunchbreak - but my mum is nowhere near one and finds it so frustrating.

You could try what she does and make a special trip to a further afield one that you know has a good range and spend enough time there to get a feel (literally!) for the various types and shades so at least you have more of an idea what you're getting if you do then order online?

She finds that although it's not quite as good as being able to browse when you have a project you want to buy for, a combination of that and getting shade cards for yarns you remember really liking makes the online thing easier.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2006 06:11:23 AM »

I hear you!  Down here in Coastal Mississippi, we had one yarn store before Hurricane Katrina, and I'm unsure if a) it opened back up, and b) if it was any good to begin with since I just recently started knitting.  I usually use acrylic yarn for my crocheting.  We have to travel 150 miles round trip to get to a yarn store that offers "good" quality knitting options.  We don't usually make those trips that often, maybe once every other month or two months.


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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2006 06:32:41 AM »

I want to add to that ranting.  Why is it that I don't enough money for yarn or time for knitting???!!!  Do you know how many items I want to knit but I can't because something always has to come up when you least expect it?!

« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2006 12:11:45 PM »

i feel your pain too. Although my LYS is good, it mostly deals in novelty yarn, and crazy fuzzy cardigans (does anyone actually wear these?)

the thing I haven't been able to find recently is a good supplier of circular needles. I had to resort to ebay for my 6.5 40cm circulars.

and Safetyfox -  find it weird too that a country like the UK doens't have the yarn supply it should (or once) had. Maybe we should campiagn for more yarn!

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2006 12:20:25 PM »

I want to add to that ranting.  Why is it that I don't enough money for yarn or time for knitting???!!!  Do you know how many items I want to knit but I can't because something always has to come up when you least expect it?!

Ohhh boy, I hear ya on that one!

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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2006 11:34:49 PM »

I hate that I live in sheepfarming  country and there are tons of merino sheep in the reigon but I have to wait for up to 3 months for an order of merino yarn to come into my LYS
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2006 07:31:49 AM »

I live in Yorkshire where they make Rowan, Debbie Bliss. Sirdar, Jaegar, etc, etc, and Designer yarns (who supply noro, ggh, Laines Du Nord, etc) are about 2 miles from my house- yet the 'nicest' thing you can find at my LYS is a bogstandard wool blend. Undecided
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2006 07:39:37 AM »

argh that would drive me nuts.  I'd talk to the owner, of course in that case the owner has to be up for trialing new yarns...  Why wouldn't you be in that area?  I'd use local stuff like that to promote the store, hell they could label half the stores stock "locally made"  Wink
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