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City & Country
09-07-2007, 01:18 PM
Hello all knitters!

After spending many hours searching for on-line knitting stores, I realized I ought to ask you all what your favorite ones are, and why, if you care to share.

It would be appreciated!

Thanks!

karne
09-07-2007, 01:37 PM
I like Kaleidoscope Yarns (http://www.kyarns.com) They have a good selection and what seem like good prices to me. My orders arrive pretty promptly and when they've had a question about my order, they're fun to email with. Not like emailing with the Customer Service Computer. :)

chrislt8
09-07-2007, 01:41 PM
I really like Angelika's Yarn Store - wonderful customer service and reasonable (but not free) shipping. Here's (http://yarn-store.com/) the link.

laptop_knitter
09-07-2007, 01:50 PM
I quite like the look of discountyarnsale.com - not ordered anything yet but the prices seem pretty reasonable

dip's mom
09-07-2007, 01:55 PM
I like WEBS -- good sales and prices (www.yarn.com). I also like woolgirl (www.woolgirl.com) -- she has unusual yarns and features independent yarn makers and dyers. She wraps her 'sales' in nice paper and ribbon and includes little gifts inside. I have ordered online from several places and have never had a problem.

chillawilla
09-07-2007, 02:03 PM
http://www.knitpicks.com/

http://www.elann.com/frames.asp

http://www.simplysockyarn.com/StoreFront.bok

http://www.misshawklet.com/shop/craft.php

http://www.patternworks.com/

A few of my favorites.:)

kemp
09-07-2007, 02:27 PM
There are so many good ones! I'm sure you'll get plenty of response here but be sure to look at past threads too...lots of good resources.

CindyH
09-07-2007, 03:54 PM
I second knitpicks. I also like http://yarnzilla.com/ and sometimes I find good deals from eBay stores too.

City & Country
09-07-2007, 04:34 PM
Yes. I'm still wanting to order from KnitPicks; just haven't had the right colors for what I wanted to make.

eBay is dangerous! Hard to pass up a really good deal on yarn, even if it's not in a color I could use right away . . . could easily end up with a huge stash perusing those eBay auctions!

sinistral_needler
09-07-2007, 04:38 PM
I like www.yarnsale.com, but I am partial to Herrschners because it is a reasonably close-by craft superstore. (Ok, it is an hour drive away, but it doesn't bother me - I have only gone once anyway.)

I just found a great lys - I may not shop online again! teehee

knitgal
09-07-2007, 05:55 PM
I love the selection on Ram Wools, they have gorgeous stuff and they're Canadian, which I like (but they still deliver to the states).

http://www.ramwools.com/index.cfm?pageID=1.

I also really like Kaleidoscope yarns for their selection and gorgeous stuff.

http://www.kyarns.com/index.html

knitncook
09-07-2007, 07:00 PM
I've recently been turned on to Etsy. I like the idea of supporting owner creation businesses. I can get some very nice yarns that are hand dyed and sometimes hand spun for about the same as I would ordering it from a "merchant for the masses." I generally get very good customer service and the product I'm getting is usually pretty unique. I like unique! I would love to be able to buy from local spinners, but have yet to come across many that sell their spun yarns. WE have all kinds of alpaca farms here (poor babies in this horrid heat and all that wool!) and I can buy unprocessed fleece, but the spinners are actually using their products!

I also like Etsy because many of them take PayPal and I have my Pinecone Research checks deposited there. When I get up a nice savings I go shopping at Etsy!

mare-nitt
09-07-2007, 08:33 PM
Etsy sellers have some great yarn available, but I did purchase some from one of sellers and I got a bad deal, they sent me wet and smelly yarn. I did get a refund, but it was not a good experience.

knitncook, I agree support the people on etsy is a good idea, I hope I have the courage to try it again in the future.

I do shop at The Yarn Shop on Ebay, they have lot of variety, good prices, and fast shipping.

Ingrid
09-07-2007, 09:22 PM
In addition to all of the above, www.littleknits.com is a great place to find excellent yarns on sale.

giedre11
09-07-2007, 10:51 PM
This is one of my favorites and I can hardly stay away from there! I've ordered from them, gotten great service and fast too! I could definitely go broke on this site and be happy!
http://www.yarnmarket.com/

City & Country
09-08-2007, 10:59 AM
I second knitpicks. I also like http://yarnzilla.com/ and sometimes I find good deals from eBay stores too.
Thanks! I just checked out that Yarnzilla site. Nice set up, and they do offer a lot of choices!

Arielluria
09-08-2007, 11:03 AM
I have only bought online once, so I'm not familiar with most of these. Which one(s) have the BEST deals? ;)

cinnamon_girl
09-08-2007, 12:42 PM
I have too stop checking back on this post and bookmarking sites!!! My eyes are bigger than my wallet! ;)

SabrinaJL
09-08-2007, 01:53 PM
I've had very good experiences with www.yarn.com, www.fullthreadahead.com, www.littleknits.com, www.sarahsyarns.com and www.knitpicks.com.

knitncook
09-08-2007, 06:53 PM
knitncook, I agree support the people on etsy is a good idea, I hope I have the courage to try it again in the future.

I always look at a sellers feedback. I've found a few good sellers from reading other people's experiences here on KH. Aside from feeback (as everyone doesn't always use feedback), I also look at their number of items sold. If they have only sold a few items I'm a bit hesitant (especially if they have been around for a while) but if they have been around a while and have sold lots of things, I feel pretty safe ordering from them. Have yet to have a bad experience. (knit on wood).

2x4
09-08-2007, 10:47 PM
I like eBay because you can find bargains on some of the name brand yarns. I also like WEBS and KnitPicks. I have been ordering from all of these for a while and would highly recommend them.

dagny
09-09-2007, 12:59 AM
I really like yarnzilla's site design but their stock seemed low.

Knitpicks is great

Jimmy Beans (www.jimmybeanswool.com) has good prices and selection and their customer service is very good.

Nobleknits (www.nobleknits.com) is awesome!

theknittinggarden (www.theknittinggarden.com) is wonderful if what you're looking for is rowan yarn

City & Country
09-09-2007, 12:42 PM
Okay, so I have an order pending from Royalyarns dot com. They had the kind of wool I was looking for for several small upcoming projects (Plymouth Galway) and listed it in all the colors made, though some were out of stock.
I placed an order, and got a confirmation that the in-stock items had been shipped. I worried that I would then be charged an additional shipping charge when the missing items came in, and wrote an e-mail to that effect. I was assured by Nancy, one of the owners, that the missing items should be in by one to two weeks, and that I wouldn't be charged any addition shipping costs.

On their site, I found this quote: "Our goal is to offer the full array of colors for each yarn we sell to give you the opportunity to select the "perfect" color for your project. Since we can not carry all colors, we will gladly special order any item that is not already in stock. Some items may take 1 week, while other items may take as long as 8 weeks or more to deliver to you, depending on the distributor or manufacturer constraints. Regardless, we are happy to offer this service and only ask that you order the minimum quantities specified." I had ordered one to two skeins in some of the colors missing.
So far, Royal Yarns has been responsive, answering e-mails right away, and very accomodating. I like their philosophy of being able to provide ALL colors in a yarn line. I'm also a bit of a bargain hunter, and their prices were comparable or lower for the few yarn lines I looked at than many other sites.
I will keep you all posted as to when the yarn arrives!

Thanks for all the responses! I'm looking forward to trying some of your favorite sites!

mdog182
09-09-2007, 02:32 PM
i second (or is it eighth by now) knit picks and webs. i also really like jimmybeanswool.com. great shipping rate and they are really fast, partially because i live 3 hours away from the store itself. but still a really good site.

Jeremy
09-09-2007, 08:17 PM
Knitpicks, WEBS and The Loopy Ewe for sock yarn.

dakatzmeow
09-09-2007, 09:46 PM
knitpicks, jimmy beans,

http://www.discontinuedbrandnameyarn.com
http://www.elann.com
http://www.simplysockyarn.com
http://www.knittingzone.com
www.helloyarn.com

Ingrid
09-09-2007, 10:10 PM
Earlier today, at 1:28, to be exact, I ordered some yarn from Jimmy Bean's Wool.

At 9:39 tonight I got an email telling me that 2 of the skeins were not of the same dye lot, but looked close, and did I want them. I said I did, and at

. . . .9:55 I got email saying my order was shipped.

You can't beat that!

dip's mom
09-10-2007, 07:24 PM
I ordered yarn from yarncountry.com on friday and it was waiting for me today (Monday).. I picked my colors for the modern wrap featured on knitting daily only instead of the kid silk haze I picked out crystal palace kid merino for 1/3 the cost and much the same softness. i can't wait to get started but have a few projects to finish first.

syndactylus
09-10-2007, 07:43 PM
I also love kpixie.com, the time I ordered from there I think it was there the next day somehow.
If you sign up for the newsletter, there are coupons.

And knit-purl is very exciting to look at, though I haven't ordered anything there yet.