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LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-08-2008, 12:02 PM
I was at my local one last night to pick up some needles for my sewing machine and saw what kind of yarn is going in where they were skimming back on caron SS and red heart as well as lionbrand...



VANNA'S CHOICE.


I told my dh on the way home from school and he actually went "Isn't that exclusive to Joanns's?" and then said "Oh my god, i can't believe i just said that.


We have a convert :) He was also complaining about how wrong it was that where Comp USA used to be in Latham (over at Latham Farms) is now a GIGANTIC Micheals that is also having a GRAND OPENING sale on a bunch of stuff too!

suzeeq
10-08-2008, 12:12 PM
Heh, so your husband knows what brands the craft stores carry eh...

Is it the regular small skeins of VC? I'd heard they were going to be 7oz ones, which I don't see on the Lion site.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-08-2008, 12:16 PM
i'll check when i go over there later

heatherg23
10-08-2008, 04:19 PM
Different bernat items, vanna and other good stuff

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-08-2008, 04:26 PM
7 ounce size....

cacunn
10-08-2008, 07:58 PM
I told my dh on the way home from school and he actually went "Isn't that exclusive to Joanns's?" and then said "Oh my god, i can't believe i just said that.


We have a convert :) H


Hold it I see a problem here, can we get him into a 12 step program?
Tonight if it can be done!

Step 1 - Watch Knitting Help Videos
Step 2 - Purchase a set of needles and a skein of yarn.
Step 3 - Knit knit scarf
Step 4 - Knit watch cap
Step 5 - Knit scarf with simple cable
Step 6 -

I'll have to finish this later I need to meet the other guy in my 12 Step Group we are starting a sweater tonight.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-08-2008, 08:46 PM
LOL

Knitting_Guy
10-08-2008, 10:38 PM
We guys pay more attention than you think :mrgreen:

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-08-2008, 11:45 PM
LOL Mason :)

I know he does, but this is the first time he's ever said that and I think that he thought it was exclusive to Joann's because that's where we've seen it the few times I've managed to get him into there.... he's never been in the yarn section at AC Moore (although he could have gotten those two mixed up....)

He refuses to try knitting, said he doesn't have the coordination or dexterity in his fingers (bull.... granted he can't braid my hair but he DOES do a lot of touch typing, esp when he's playing his video games!)

dustinac
10-09-2008, 08:18 AM
I went into mine on Monday and asked them...they said the same thing Vanna's Choice...and new colors for Caron...they said the mark down was just to get ready for the new fall/winter colors that were coming :yay:

cacunn
10-09-2008, 10:00 AM
We guys pay more attention than you think :mrgreen:

Mason don't tell them that - they will begin to expect it.

Simply_Renee
10-10-2008, 11:19 AM
I finally got to Wal-mart last night and I RACKED UP. They had so much clearanced that I bought:
8 balls of Jiffy in a gorgeous green (hope I like it!)
Bernat Softee Chunky:
8 balls Hot Lime
3 balls Hot Pink
3 balls Hot Blue

All of the Caron was gone except for 2 skeins of Lemonade (got them)

The sad thing is, that I could go back & buy some more today. Hard to resist yarn on sale. I way over doubled my stash for very little $. They had the wool also marked down to 3.99 but I had already done enough damage.

Plus I found all the yarn I needed for an afghan I have been wanting to make since before I learned to knit. They had EXACTLY the 10 balls I needed @ Michaels in the same dye lot, and it was on sale.

The knitting goddess smiled upon me yesterday. cloud9

I haven't tried Vanna's Choice, and I am excited about more colors of the Caron. I really hope they keep the Caron yarns- I love them.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-10-2008, 05:35 PM
my walmart:
No more Red Heart baby (of any variety)
the new Caron colors i don't care for (they look dusty and they're linty)
bernat baby went up in price and the baby jaquards are even MORE (by about $2 more than the regular bernat baby)

guessi keep my yarn shopping to AC Moore

Debkcs
10-10-2008, 07:42 PM
I was at Walmart yesterday buying fleece for a friends Christmas gift. The yarn supply was dismal.

If they'e going to be selling Vanna's choice and other acrylics, I'll be going to LYS's. However, now I have to drive 26 miles to find a good one.

Another reason to love my computer.

KnittinMitchie
10-11-2008, 12:57 PM
We guys pay more attention than you think :mrgreen:

Mason don't tell them that - they will begin to expect it.


I know men pay attention as mine told me NO NEW yarn or projects until I finish up some of the stuff I've got started. So he does have an idea of how many of my projects are floating around our house.

KnittingNana
10-11-2008, 06:53 PM
We have a small Walmart. We have a few Supers close by, the closest being 35 miles away, the better one 60 miles. I've heard rumors for a couple of years about them doing away with the craft department & wondered if it would really happen. Our yarn choices have gone way down & considering we didn't have much to start with, this hurts! I was in the Ft Worth area last weekend & two Supers I was in really have done away with all their fabric. There are a few sewing notions, but very little & hardly any yarn to speak of, some of which was on clearance.

KnittingNana
10-11-2008, 06:56 PM
I know men pay attention as mine told me NO NEW yarn or projects until I finish up some of the stuff I've got started. So he does have an idea of how many of my projects are floating around our house.

Have you been to Michaels there lately? The one in Hurst has a new look, even the name has a different font. So I wondered if ours has changed yet.

Also, how about Hobby Lobby? I hear they're expanding into part of the old Hastings & didn't know if they'd started yet.

KnittinMitchie
10-11-2008, 06:59 PM
Have you been to Michaels there lately? The one in Hurst has a new look, even the name has a different font. So I wondered if ours has changed yet.

Also, how about Hobby Lobby? I hear they're expanding into part of the old Hastings & didn't know if they'd started yet.

Hobby Lobby hasn't started yet as far as I know. I haven't been to Hurst to Micheal's but I do go to the one here in town. Where are you at in Texas?

KnittingNana
10-11-2008, 07:10 PM
I'm in Breckenridge. I went through Abilene the other day headed to San Angelo, but I had a van full & didn't get to go to HL. I'll bet they wait until after Christmas to start the remodel. At least I would if I were them!

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-11-2008, 08:13 PM
I don't think there's any dangers of Micheals going out of business. The former Comp USA building in Latham, NY (latham farms shopping plaza) is now a giant Micheals, complete with new font (my dh still says "it's just WRONG" because his favorite store has now become one of mine LOL)


ah well... tonight I get the "fun" of sewing tunics for this weekend... thankfully my adoptive mom is sewing my dress (I have NO idea how to make the correct type of dress! none of these really has a pattern)

ladyjessica
10-15-2008, 11:46 AM
I finally made it to Walmart last night and all the Caron SS was gone. :cry: Not one skein to be found anywhere, and it was replaced with....Nothing! The racks were all empty and all the other yarn was marked as clearance, so I don't know if they're getting rid of it all together or replacing it with something else. I love Caron SS and now will have to drive over an hour to get it. We have a Joann's, but they don't really have anything besides Red Heart SS and Lion Brand Homespun. Sometimes it really sucks living in the middle of nowhere. hehe. The fabric section in Walmart seemed fine, so maybe they're just replacing stuff, but it's still upsetting.

pixiepurls
10-15-2008, 11:59 AM
I bought my sewing desk at walmart, it was the best deal around. I've gone there a few times for needles etc though most times I go to joann's for crafty things. Micheals always makes me mad.

suzeeq
10-15-2008, 12:56 PM
I stopped at my wm today. The clearance yarn is now stuffed into 1 shopping cart, it was in 2 on the weekend. They also still have some on the shelves that's marked down. There were some colors of the new Vanna's and SS Eco yarns. Nice colors, and they felt very nice too.

Kinnexa
10-15-2008, 01:08 PM
I've gone to Wal-Mart on occasion when I'm really desperate--only store with knitting stuff open when I get out of work--but here in Maine even the "superstores" don't have much of a selection. I thought I liked their Chinese-made knockoffs of Clover Takumi needles until I tried the real thing! The Chinese version is softer (the cats can really sink their teeth in), and one of mine even has a splinter...

I suppose I'll check in at some point to see what they have for new stuff, but y'know I don't need any yarn right now! I'm also planning a trip to the nearest LYS (about 40 miles one way)--I went to a 'real' yarn shop in Vermont last month and wanted to take the whole place home with me!

marlajap
10-15-2008, 05:58 PM
Mine already has the new colors of Caron Simply Soft in stock. It's a new kind of SS - "Eco", which has been made (partly) with recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. A little less shiny than regular SS, still very soft, and the colors are more muted and a bit heathered.

auntcrafty
10-15-2008, 11:29 PM
I've gone to Wal-Mart on occasion when I'm really desperate--only store with knitting stuff open when I get out of work--but here in Maine even the "superstores" don't have much of a selection. I thought I liked their Chinese-made knockoffs of Clover Takumi needles until I tried the real thing! The Chinese version is softer (the cats can really sink their teeth in), and one of mine even has a splinter...

I suppose I'll check in at some point to see what they have for new stuff, but y'know I don't need any yarn right now! I'm also planning a trip to the nearest LYS (about 40 miles one way)--I went to a 'real' yarn shop in Vermont last month and wanted to take the whole place home with me!

Yeah, great yarn is scarce in central Maine. I used to drive to Portland all the time -- Michael's & AC Moore, but liked what Craftmania in Auburn carried. I heard about some great LYS in Portland after I moved away. :Sigh:

Wal-mart here is still carrying the Caron SS, but it takes a while for things to change here (from what I hear), and the Bernat baby stuff. I would like to see the new colors of SS. I'm not interested in the Vanna's choice, after what I saw when it was at JoAnn's -- I think it's rough like Red Heart.

Puddinpop
10-16-2008, 12:28 PM
[QUOTE]I told my dh on the way home from school and he actually went "Isn't that exclusive to Joanns's?" and then said "Oh my god, i can't believe i just said that.[/QUOTE
That is so funny. It shows he is paying attention to you, though.

OffJumpsJack
10-16-2008, 03:50 PM
We guys pay more attention than you think :mrgreen:

Mason don't tell them that - they will begin to expect it.

Mason, I'll second Chris's comment. You are in peril of being voted out of "Survivor: Macho." :roflhard:

I know men pay attention as mine told me NO NEW yarn or projects until I finish up some of the stuff I've got started. So he does have an idea of how many of my projects are floating around our house.

Funny, KnittinaMitchie, my wife just told me the same thing that your man told you.

:roflhard: Isn't it easy for them to notice when they trip over it?

Last time at Michael's, DW was reluctant to help me select yarn. When I finally met up with her again at the checkout (5 minutes before closing) I was able to show her a sweater pattern that would use up the Bernat Denim-Rag that I have if only I could match it to two more solid colors. Her comment, "oh, why didn't you tell me that before." :doh: Because I hadn't yet found a pattern book with men's sweaters, but I had told her I was looking for yarn to go with the denim-rag (I even showed her the last skein of it there in the bin).

For a super sized warehouse, Wal-Mart has a dismally small yarn selection. Michaels has a biger selection but its all in baby or girly colors and fluff! I guess neither Wally nor Michael think men make or receive yarn goods.

I think the nearest LYS is over 30 miles away. It'll cost me two gallons in gas just to get there and then back home. That's shoots my yarn budget.

--Jack

jberry16
10-17-2008, 03:41 PM
we have Vannas choice in Michaels & Hobby Lobbys here

auburnchick
10-17-2008, 05:39 PM
I'm not interested in the Vanna's choice, after what I saw when it was at JoAnn's -- I think it's rough like Red Heart.

Vanna's is not my yarn of choice either, although I would knit with it before the Red Heart. I pretty much stick to HL's I Love This Yarn, which Walmart doesn't carry. The CSS is nice too. I'll have to watch for the new colors.

momwolf
10-19-2008, 06:15 AM
Found this on Ravelry-
When you write to Caron to ask about the change, this is the letter you get:
Dear Consumer,
Many of you have noticed that our Simply Soft yarn is being removed from the shelves at your local Wal-mart, and have questions about this move. Please allow us to provide a brief explanation of what is happening.
Several months ago, the managers of the Wal-mart craft area decided to make some changes. One of these changes was to replace standard Simply Soft with an eco-friendly version that is named Simply Soft Eco. This is an environmentally friendly yarn that uses 20% regenerated plastic bottles as a component. This will help eliminate those plastic bottles from reaching landfills, and is consistent with Wal-martís desire to clean up our environment.
Simply Soft Eco is a 4-ply worsted weight yarn that can be used as a substitute in patterns calling for Simply Soft. The color line is similar, but not the same as our standard Simply Soft. The look and feel of the yarn is quite nice. We feel certain that you will enjoy using this yarn, and helping with the clean-up of our planet.
As information, our standard Simply Soft is NOT being discontinued, and can still be found in many retailers such as Michaels, AC Moore, Jo Ann Stores and Hobby Lobby. Additionally, Simply Soft can be ordered on-line at www.ShopCaron.com.<<