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Jul 22, 2013 16:10:38   #
aljellie (a regular here)
grandmann wrote:

Ball, Skein or Hank the Difference.

Thank you, I knew someone would make it all clear. Any day I learn something new is a good day.
Jul 22, 2013 16:11:54   #
I don't have a lys, just Walmart and Michaels. I do most of my yarn shopping online but sometimes I can find something I like at Walmart or Michaels.
Jul 22, 2013 16:18:52   #
loriadams (a regular here)
My LYS is a 45 min. drive, so I mostly buy online, always on sale. One exception is Quince & Co. yarn, spun in USA and most from USA wool or alpaca. I love their yarns and colors. I pickup a lot at Joann's, Hobby Lobby & Walmart too.
Jul 22, 2013 16:20:59   #
samlou (a regular here)
I tend to buy where ever I can. That may be a small independent shop, the local markets or Hobbycraft . I always look where ever I go as you never know what you might find. I have found the smaller shops may be a little dearer, but they often have different wools that the bigger stores don't stock. :)
Jul 22, 2013 16:36:32   #
I have a LYS however- I buy the yarn there on sale when I am making something special- otherwise it's Hobby Lobby, Michaels or Walmart. The LYS tends to have things that those places don't- I am retired- I watch for bargains and I utilize the Michaels & Hobby Lobby 40% off coupons. I do go to JoAnns every now and then but it is in an inconvenient location for me.
Jul 22, 2013 16:48:55   #
I buy yarn at any place that stocks the yarn, I need for what i'm knitting at the time. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Jul 22, 2013 17:58:48   #
Yes, I think our KP members do very lovely work, wish I was as gifted as some of them! I too agree that most of us purchase with project and durability in mind. Do you find that JoAnn's yarn is more expensive than the same yarn in other stores? It is usually $.75 -$1.50 more a skein here than in other stores. Perhaps that is why so many use coupons. I just recently JoAnn's even carried yarn, not a big selection here but they do have yarn. :D

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aljellie wrote:
I buy most of my yarn on line because I find the prices better. I have on occasion also purchased at JoAnns or other "big box stores" as well at an LYS. My understanding is that a hank and a skein are the same thing, but I'm sure someone will correct me if that is not so. And finally I've never felt that the fine folks on KP are yarn snobs. Depending on the project, must of us buy what we think is suitable or the best we feel we can reasonably afford. I have been fortunate enough to be able to purchase some quality yarns at good prices at Tuesday Morning or Marden's here in Maine. If I'm knitting for a baby I'll use an acrylic so that the Mom can machine wash and dry the item. I have admired the work of my fellow KPers done in yarns at all prices. The quality of the work shines through whatever the price of the yarn.
I buy most of my yarn on line because I find the p... (show quote)
Jul 22, 2013 18:05:31   #
For those of you that purchase on line are you generally happy with the product? I have seen what looks to be very lovely yarns on line, but to afraid to try it in case it isn't as nice as it looks. From OHIO
Jul 22, 2013 18:28:46   #
grandmann (a regular here)
spinlouet wrote:
For those of you that purchase on line are you generally happy with the product? I have seen what looks to be very lovely yarns on line, but to afraid to try it in case it isn't as nice as it looks. From OHIO

One way at trying out different yarns look the sales. Then buy for small projects to get to know the yarn.
Jul 22, 2013 19:08:30   #
Hilary4 (a regular here)
spinlouet wrote:
For those of you that purchase on line are you generally happy with the product? I have seen what looks to be very lovely yarns on line, but to afraid to try it in case it isn't as nice as it looks. From OHIO

I have bought quite a bit online and have only once sent some back - and quality was not the issue. It looked a lovely fawn on all my computers, but was camel in reality. There was no problem being refunded on the returned balls,
Jul 22, 2013 19:31:21   #
I buy at Michael's when it's on sale AND there's a percentage off your entire purchase including sale items coupon. That's for acrylic mostly. I'm lucky enough to have LYS with a website, so I can see which of the more expensive yarns is on sale, look at them on Ravelry for an honest review and project ideas, and then drive to the store to actually check them out before buying. That's for sock yarn and wool.
Jul 22, 2013 21:09:11   #
Thanks for all the good advice! I appreciate it
Jul 22, 2013 21:19:16   #
I only have Joanns. Wal-Mart and the internet...but I do love yarn....but I only buy what I can afford,,,a couple of times I have paid over $5.00 a skein but not very often and only for orders and they pay for the yarn...I stock up when it is on sale and I have a coupon...sigh..if I could only knit or crochet as fast as I buy yarn...
Jul 22, 2013 21:34:03   #
Nanxy (a regular here)
I just moved from Portland, OR to Tacoma, WA. I have been spoiled in Portland, I had several LYS close to me or within 15 minutes driving distance. Since I moved I have found out that one yarn shop, 13 miles away, is the only one that is open everyday and with extended hours some days. The other opens three days a week, another nice shop sadly is only open from noon to 6 pm most days. But I must give the owner high five for friendliness and attention. And last week I discovered a Ben Franklin store, about 20 miles away, and a Hobby Lobby also about 15 miles away, of course in different directions. But with my friend we drove to Port Orchards and visited a wonderful yarn shop, needles to say we came home with yarn.
Besides them I have a Joanne's Fabrics and a Michaels close by. And thank goodness I think I have enough yarn to last me until I'm 125 years old.
Jul 22, 2013 21:40:12   #
Bonnie7591 (a regular here)
The nearest LYS is 2.5 hr drive so don't go there often. No Michaels or Joannes. The nearest store that sells yarn is Walmart & that is 55 miles away, i buy some yarn there.
I mail order from Mary Maxim or Herrschners or shop on ebay. So far I have been happy with my purchases.
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