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« on: December 09, 2006 11:01:24 PM »

I'm going through yarn like whoa lately (Christmas and whatnot), and was wondering if anyone had some ideas on inexpensive places to find yarn.  Michaels sometimes has 40% off coupons in the paper, but my college student budget really should be going towards school related stuff.  The friend that taught me to knit a couple months ago warned me that knitting would be addictive, and damn, she was right!

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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2006 06:49:29 AM »

Hey there!  Not sure where you are but when times get tight for me and I want/ need yarn I go to two places. First, the horrendous Walmart, they don't have a great selection but the prices are right.  Second, regardless of tight times or not, every time I go to a thrift store I check for yarn there.  I have found some amazing, never used yarn for 25 cents.  Good luck!


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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007 03:06:02 PM »

Hmm... I seem to aquire yarn at a horrifying rate, so here are few cheap yarn sources that have worked for me:

1. elderly relatives! (or relatives of friends)

free!, but often moth-eaten, stained, or no longer made

2. thrift store

cheap!, but shares the same problems of elder-yarn
if you're patient, you can sometimes get interesting yarns by tearing down thrift store sweaters.  Just don't bother with anything that looks worn or cheap.

3. freecycle

Again, free!, though it's very much hit-or-miss, and you have to be fast to get the nicer things that people might offer.

4. sales (particularly on out-of-season stock)

The local Jo-anns usually has a few varieties at a significant discount when they're making room for new stock.
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007 07:40:29 PM »

One word Dollar Tree.  Well, thats two words but they have yarn.  I have gotten Fun Fur, Fancy Fur, VooDoo, and lots of boucle.  All name brand stuff.  Not sure how they do it.
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2008 08:16:56 AM »

the local dollar store (dollar tree, dollar delight,etc.) often have great novelty yarns that look great in simple stitches. 

Ben franklin has some novelty yarns 2 for a $1

Big lots even had yarn for a $1 or $1.50 a while back. (couldn't find any last time I looked tho.)

Also look on ebay, especially if you don't mind acrylic yarn.  You get a lot of crafters realizing the  stash is SABLE (stash acquired beyond life expectancy) and selling off their old project leftovers and the yarn they don't work with anymore.

Seriously the dollar store usually has loads of great stuff. I got lion brand boucle in several different colors a couple of years ago and have made a blanket, a hat, and swim top and have only gone through about half of the $20 bucks I spent.

Just spent another $15 for yarn that will eventually be a child's skirt, 2 hats, and the bulk of a shrug and tank.

« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2008 09:34:17 PM »

If you're in the Richmond area, keep an eye out for Ben Franklin's clearance  Grin  I work at the Short Pump store, and I've seen some great deals, particularly on Fun Fur and similar.  (Not a knitter, so I usually don't jump on those deals, but I recognize them just the same  Tongue)  They let me keep a whole pack of blue and green eyelash yarn that the labels rotted off of... but somehow the labels rotted and the yarn was perfect, so yay!  I've still got like 10 or 11 out of the original 12 skeins.  (There was a second dozen; my friend kept those).
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