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What’s Your Favorite Place to Buy Yarn and Why?

June 2nd, 2009

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We’d love to hear your comments about where you purchase yarn, what’s your favorite place to shop and why.

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  • Peggy Randle

    My favorite place to buy yarn is Smiley’s. They have fabulous internet sales that those of us on a fixed income cannot afford to pass up!! Yes, they stock all brands … get on their mailing list and enjoy!

  • Meredeth Swaby

    The only place I have available to purchase yarn is on the internet. I live in a very yarn scarce community and it is much easier to find what I want and the amounts I want on the internet. There are several sites I use regularly depending on what I am looking for. One, of course, is the Lion Brand site.

  • Vicky Rex

    I buy most of my yarns at Michaels or Joanne’s because Walmart does not carry the selection that I want and need for my projects. I wish that there were more craft stores in my part of the state. As it is I have to travel an hour to reach these. Thank you for letting me add my comments.

  • Lucy O’Donnell

    Because I knit and crochet for the children’s charity The Binky Patrol I try to use coupons and sales as much as I can. I have found the the very same label yarns at Walmart are thinner then at Michaels and Joannes. The selection at these is always iffy and they never seem able to keep the shelves stocked. Whenever we travel to locations that have a Hobby Lobby I go there for fabric and yarn but they have really limited their inventory in the past few years. Choosing from my stash is chancy if I don’t have exactly the amount of yarn I need because the newer stock is not of the same quality as the older stock of the exact yarn. I’m sure that all the major manufactures are loathe to raise prices at this time so they just cheapen the product.

  • Michelle

    I buy my yarn at Wal-Mart because it is close and usually cheaper. That said, I LOVE to look in the yarn section of any store I go to. Big Lots will have Lion Brand yarn on sale but most of the time it is the fancy ribbon or fuzzy yarns. I am very frugal so I usually only look at Michaels and Hobby Lobby and don’t buy. There is a great LYS very close to my house called “Hank of Yarn” but it is usually closed when I get a chance to go by. They carry all types of yarn (bamboo, sugar cane, etc).

  • Audrey M. DeNeui

    Where I buy my yarn depends on what I want to do with it. It also depends on whether I can wait or not. If I want something crochet cotton or acrylic blends, I buy from Joann’s. If it’s wool or wool blends, then I buy from Knit Picks.

    Audrey

  • TRACIE

    I BUY MOST OF MY YARN AT A LOCAL CRAFT STORE CALLED BEN FRANKLIN CRAFTS. THEY CARRY A LARGE SELECTION OF LION BRAND YARNS AND OFTEN HAVE GREAT SALES ON DISCONTINUED COLORS. I ALSO MAIL ORDER FROM LION BRAND. SHIPPING IS QUICK AND THE YARN IS ALWAYS AS DESCRIBED. I HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH LION BRAND. OUR LOCAL WAL-MART USED CARRY A NICE SELECTION OF LION BRAND, BUT HAS RECENTLY LIMITED THERE OFFERINGS TO VANA’S CHOICE AND VANA’S BABY.

  • pat

    Most of my yarn petting and purchases have been at AC Moores. It is the nearest and I can usually find what I want. If they don’t I turn to my trusty Lion catalog and get on the phone. Our local Walmart superstore cut back crafts and the yarn coices are limited. Last Fall we were in Cape Cod and I went to a wonderful store called Sage and had a ball. Locally there is a store called Mountain Knits but their hours are limited and my work hours limiting, but they had some lovely special yarns. I just love to yarn shop and I do have a stash.

  • Jonelle Ingram

    I love to shop at Loops of Yarn in Sumter South Carolina. They have a fantastic selection, and very sweet and knowledgeable store owners. Not only do they have a variety of selections, but they have couches and chairs set up in the store, where you can visit, chat, crochet, knit and get lots of help if you have questions.

  • dorie schultz

    I purchase most of my yarn at two local yarn shops. Though it costs more, the yarn is so beautiful and I feel when knitting for my granddaughter it will get passed down a lot, I have four daughters. I guess I’m spoiled now, but I have used Lionbrand cotton several times and it was very nice

  • Dee

    L love my LYS which is named London Yarns and Machines. They are also online. The staff are fabulous, knowledgeable and helpful. They understand that sometimes I just want a fiber fix. They carry a nice broad selection of yarns, patterns and books. They make a customer feel comfortable asking a question of any level.

  • Anne Godsey

    I live on a budget!! So I shop the sales. I wait and wait until I see Lionbrand yarns as they are the best yarns to be purchased. I go to JoAnn’s Fabrics or Michael’s.
    Lionbrand has kept many of a little body warm and stylish in my world. Your yarns are colourful, practical, durable and just beautiful. I prefer wool-ease, but love them all.

  • http://www.couponfan.com/coupons/joann.com Joann Coupons

    I love to shop at Loops of Yarn in Sumter South Carolina. They have a fantastic selection, and very sweet and knowledgeable store owners. Not only do they have a variety of selections, but they have couches and chairs set up in the store, where you can visit, chat, crochet, knit and get lots of help if you have questions.

  • david

    The Yarn Shop in Columbus, OH!!!!!!

  • Judy

    I make “stash” blankets, so I am always looking for yarn at rummage sales, 2nd hand stores, or even other people’s stashes, if they have enough to part with!
    Otherwise, Wal-Mart.
    My hubby was at an auction the other night, and came home with 12 packs of unopened Lana Moro yarn. I’d never heard of it before. And it is extremely musty to which I am deathly allergic, so I have to wear a mask while soaking and washing it before I can even use it!
    If anyone has any yarn they would like to clean out, please contact me! Any weight or color!

  • Mary

    Recycled Lamb in the metro Denver area. They have a mix of yarns for knitting, crocheting, weaving and spinning (roving), so most of my bases are covered. And it’s a kind of laid-back atmosphere.

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