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« on: December 31, 2005 07:05:41 AM »

So I just posted on a thread mentioning yarn from Hobby Lobby.  I've got a few LYSs here in my metropolitan area, but I just lust for some of that HL-specific stuff, however it's at least a 100 mile round trip, so I only do it when I have a minimum of half a day free for a yarn outing. There's also one of my favorite LYSs of all time, mid-state - about a 2.5 hour drive one way.  I try to combine my visits with other business I have in that area, but did make the trip specifically once just to shop.
Just wondering what lengths (har, har) any of you would go to for a 3D yarn purchasing expedition?

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2005 11:04:23 AM »

Normailly I can get what I need here in town, however, I found the nearest hobby lobby,. It's about 200 miles away in southern VA. I hear everyone talking about it on Craftster and I'm thinking it's time for mom and I to take a weekend trip down there. That and it gives me an excuse to find a great roadhouse and go two-stepping with random gentlemanly roadhouse types.  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2005 11:07:49 AM »

my yarn selection in this province is lame... i have driven out to san francisco and vancouver and seattle (with other goals like concerts) but have specifically gone to specific yarn stores that i have mapped out how to get there... and id do it again...
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2005 09:56:10 PM »

I'm lucky to live very close to Seattle, and have more than 7 good yarn shops within 30 minutes driving distance. However, if there's a sale... I would easily make a longer trip. It depends on how good the sale is, but if it was the best sale ever to occur with my favorite yarn? I'd have no problem making a long trip out of it.

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2006 01:53:56 AM »

I'll go to any lengths to secure good fabulous yarn!  The trip is part of the fun!  Aaand, you get to knit along the way (well, if you have a friend, relative, b/f, hubby, or random stranger you can rope into driving)

Some friends and I decided a few years ago to form a group at my Uni, to be sanctioned knitters (mwahaha), and we regularly schedule "field trips" to giant yarn/ supply stores 2 or 3 hours away, w/o flinching.  Several of us are even trying to get a group together for a 3000 mile road trip to learn new spinning and weaving techniques... which is educational, so it has some sort of value or something...

So, my point is that it's all relative, right?  Yarn is more important than school, work, or anything else  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2006 07:59:10 AM »

I'll go quite far...

All the knitting shops anywhere near where I live only sell plasticy, polyester yarns that I despise, so if I want anything decent I have to order online or travel.   Roll Eyes

But I'm travelling 3 hours train ride to London next week so I can go here:  http://www.loop.gb.com/   Grin  Although I am staying with a friend for a few days too, so I guess it's not just for the shop.  lol 


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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2006 10:42:25 AM »

I live in a tiny village in SW WI.  We are lucky just to have a little grocery store.  I generally go to Dubuque, IA, about 20 miles.  If I want something special, I go to Galena, IL, about 30 miles.
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2006 12:02:12 PM »

I live 10 minutes from the city. The thing is, all the cool yarn stores are deep in the city. So I travel a good 30-40 minutes. It's worth it though.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2006 12:28:11 PM »

We have Hobby Lobby and Hancock Fabrics here, and while they do sell yarn it's not exactly all wool and sometimes you would like something all wool.  The closest lys to me is in Memphis and I hardly ever go there so I have a tendency to just order online if there's something particular I want that isn't sold here in town.
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2006 07:19:34 AM »

Well I haven't been knitting very long but have already traveled 2 hours for yarn stores. I used to travel much farther for quilt shops so I'm sure I will for yarn stores also.

It is not so much for the yarn purchase, there are places in town to get yarn - heck even JoAnn's and Lion Brand are making pretty nice wool/wool-blends now (and charging yarn shop prices for it), or you can shop online. It is just fun to see what different people are doing with the yarn as well as the experience of fondling the different yarns.

While we are on the subject I think we should say what yarn shops are worth a drive. Nothing like traveling 3 hours to find a yarn shop that has no samples and only Red Heart Super Saver (which has it's place but is definitely not worth a long drive).

Wildflower Yarns in Manhattan Kansas is most definitely worth a drive.
The Yarn Barn in Lawrence Kansas is also worth a drive.
The Heritage Hut in Wichita is OK and has some nice yarn so stop in if you are passing through but not worth a 2 hour drive.
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