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saracidaltendencies
06-13-2009, 09:55 PM
Ok, so, a while ago Michaels had signs up all over the yarn dept. that they were going to be remodeling the yarn section...uh....I see no difference at all. It looks like they moved some yarn to the back wall but that's IT! Has anyone else noticed any significant changes at their local Michaels? I must say, I'm really disappointed, I was really looking forward to it!

suzeeq
06-13-2009, 10:02 PM
Could be your store, but other people have said there's more colors of Patons wool and other yarns, also that there's a little more of the 'natural' yarn as well as Michaels own yarn brand. Maybe they're just slow there...

TEMA
06-13-2009, 10:17 PM
You mean they're done? :woohoo:
I'll have to go and check it out!
I do hope there is a big improvement... I'd love to be able to stay in town to buy my yarn.
TEMA:knitting:

saracidaltendencies
06-14-2009, 12:13 AM
At least the one out here claims to be done. I thought for sure it would be re-arranged, more open and there would be a lot of new yarns, but, I saw nothing new today...There are a bunch of racks against one of the back walls and it looked like there was some yarn there now that wasn't previously on the back wall, but other than that, nothing seemed to be changed. Their end cap displays were the same, their Lion Brand, Vanna's Choice, Sugar n Cream, Caron's, etc. yarns were all in the same place...I kept looking around to see if there were any signs indicating they weren't done but all the signs were gone. The "changes" out here are nothing a sign should have been posted for, I was expecting a big change! I was really disappointed when I went there today...Of course I'll still shop there and all but man, for what was supposedly done, there was no need for an announcement; they made it seem like some huge changes were going to take place! Maybe it's just the Michaels out here, I dunno...lol...It was a bit of a let down though.

imrachel
06-14-2009, 09:15 AM
The one near me is like yours, Demonica. No new shelving or design, just some added things from their own line (which was just worsted acrylic-- nothing wrong with it, but not any different from 6 other major companies' stuff), and it was hugely disappointing. However, there's one about 40 miles from here that I rarely have occasion to visit (only if I'm going to see a relative out that way-- once a year or so), and they have always had literally 10 times the amount as my local one, so maybe there it will be more impressive.

mks22300
06-14-2009, 03:41 PM
I haven't really noticed too much of a difference here either. Just some of their brand and maybe a few new colors of stuff they already had.

jheatherley
06-14-2009, 07:33 PM
Same old Michael's at both stores within driving distance for me. I prefer Hobby Lobby, anyway.

Vertigo1414
06-14-2009, 07:39 PM
i noticed a few new yarns too, but nothing really got moved too much, peaches and cream is still in the 3rd aisle. it's almost sad i know that :noway:

blessedtosew
06-14-2009, 10:01 PM
I was in my "local" (1 hr 15 min away) Michael's this past Thursday and the amount of yarn has been halved. What used to take us two sides of one aisle is down to one side of an aisle. I was soooo diappointed. I guess I am going to have to order yarn online like I do everything else.

Craw
06-15-2009, 09:02 AM
Not much of a change at my Michaels either. They introduced their own brand - which was nothing new in the way of acrylics - and reduced the choices of their natural and natural blend yarns. They mostly carry acrylic only now, along with some Patons Classic. There were some new colors in Homespun but that's not a favorite of mine anyway. I'm always ordering online but then there's so many choices that no one store is going to carry everything I'd like it to.

knitpurlgurl
06-15-2009, 10:00 AM
Mine said they were going to "remodel" this past spring. The sign is still up that says "Look for our newly remodeled yarn section this spring." Nothing has changed. LOL.

sakura-panda
06-15-2009, 03:03 PM
Mine is all rearranged. They moved the yarn around and arranged it differently and there are lots of little tags that say "New Item!". I saw the new yarn too -- I love the colors the baby yarn has!

I didn't buy anything, but it was fun to look at it all. :)

OffJumpsJack
06-15-2009, 03:30 PM
Some stuff was moved about.

I only noticed one (maybe two) new item, Patons Fisherman's Wool. I hadn't notice the Lily Sugar 'n Cream bins before (are they new?).

Still seemed like mostly worsted weight (4). They had wool, bamboo, and acrylic before. I'm not sure but I think the put-up weights are smaller now. Same price, less product. Yeah, that's an improvement but only for them and the manufacturer. :roll:

Needle selection was still limited (even more limited in circ. sizes).

Over all I'd say small changes and big on the hype. :sad:

Still better than the crappy selection at Supper Wally World.

I'm thinking that quality and variety are inversely proportional to the size of the store. Counter intuitive but empirically proven in my experience.

suzeeq
06-15-2009, 09:27 PM
The Fisherman's wool is Lion; Patons wool is called Classic wool.

They should be getting in some baby yarns which are thinner than worsted, and hopefully not in baby pastelish colors.

OffJumpsJack
06-16-2009, 03:56 PM
The Fisherman's wool is Lion; Patons wool is called Classic wool.

They should be getting in some baby yarns which are thinner than worsted, and hopefully not in baby pastelish colors.

:oops: Oops. You are right; of course.

I did notice a more defined baby weight section (perhaps more area for it too).

I can't say I saw any significant difference in color choices. I really don't think I would look good in pastels, pink, yellow, or baby blue regardless of what item of clothing it was. :roll:

bebedechocolate
06-16-2009, 09:20 PM
Has anyone tried the Impeccable yarn? Our Michaels got a bunch of it and it has really nice colors. I am thinking about possibly making something for my mom and sister from that yarn but I was wondering if anyone had tried it yet.

sdspinning
06-17-2009, 10:06 PM
Hi, me too! I was interested in what it would look like. Being a former yarn owner of the LYS I was curious.
They only cleaned up the yarn part,condensed it and thats what they call the "new" yarn department?
Karen

suzeeq
06-17-2009, 10:21 PM
Got rid of most of the furry fuzzy stuff though....

OffJumpsJack
06-19-2009, 07:46 AM
:think:
Oh, our local Mike's had bins or crates in the large isle. They were removed and a couple potted trees were brought in for atmosphere.

Excuse me, but for yarn it should be pictures of four legged animals that say "baa."

So long as they didn't go with the "aroma therapy" that goes along with such animals.

:roflhard:

azgirl314
06-19-2009, 05:15 PM
The Michael's here is now the land of acrylic. Some cute colors but almost all synthetic fibers. And about half of the size of before--just one aisle.

I think we need some truth in labeling. How can yarn companies get away with calling something "Alpaca" or "Bamboo" when it contains less than 25% of said fiber?

suzeeq
06-19-2009, 06:06 PM
There has to be at least 10% of the fiber that makes up the blend, it doesn't have to be more than 50%.

sharonw1027
08-20-2010, 11:40 AM
Has anyone tried the Impeccable yarn? Our Michaels got a bunch of it and it has really nice colors. I am thinking about possibly making something for my mom and sister from that yarn but I was wondering if anyone had tried it yet.

I am working with this yarn and I love it love the colors and the feel of it I will be buying more I find it better than Red Heart. You really should give it a try and good luck.
:knitting::thumbsup:

lenaznap
08-20-2010, 02:15 PM
Has anyone else noticed any significant changes at their local Michaels?

In my local Michaels there were definite changes.
(1) smaller yarn dep't overall
(2) lots more of Michaels own brand yarn
(3) less of non-Michaels yarn (specifically the Bernat & Red Heart I was looking for when I went in -- someone else on the board noticed more Patons, but that was not the case in the Michaels nearest me)
(4) OTOH, it seemed like they had *more* pattern books than they used to

Maybe they used shelf space that used to contain yarn for more books here?

Rosey2376
08-27-2010, 03:31 AM
I'm a Brit, but this summer we were in Cincinnati and I explored Michaels and Hobby Lobby.

Crap.

All the yarn was acrylic sh*t, in naff colours, or the kind of pom-pom fluffy shite that new knitters make scarfes with.
How you Americans find anything nice to knit with I have no idea.

My LYS in England has much better selection of colours, real wool, alpaca, aran etc.
But it seems the only thing to do is google it. Which is depressing because part of the joy of finding yarn for a project is going and feeling it.

suzeeq
08-27-2010, 09:01 AM
Really. You must be very fortunate because I've heard other Brits complain all they can find is cheap acrylics in their local wool shops.

Rosey2376
08-27-2010, 11:13 AM
Really. You must be very fortunate because I've heard other Brits complain all they can find is cheap acrylics in their local wool shops.

Well, I do live in a big city, so yes, I have a choice of four:
1) Rowan, Jaeger etc, generally really expensive, but nice stuff
2) More baby pink and bumper 200g balls acrylic, but some good choice in merino etc
3) The one you love to browse in. A true LYS. All sorts of stuff, wall to wall cupboards full of it. Hope to god it doesn't ever close. Still run by a lady who adds up the price in pencil on your paper bag.
4) Run by a hippy. Some nice stuff, but usually whatever is the latest 'fluffy' or 'fuzzy' sold along with the pattern.
5) Dont count this one. A 'craft' shop, but clearly not run for anyone who does craft of any kind. The knitting section consists of 5 colours of acrylic crap and straight plastic needles in 3 sizes!

Hope they bring out internet 'touchy-feely', try before you buy sort of technology in my lifetime !

suzeeq
08-27-2010, 11:26 AM
See Michaels and Hobby Lobby are mostly craft stores, so yarn isn't their major thing. It also depends on the location of the store, different ones will have different inventory. Many of them are also going through their fall changeover, so may have clearanced out some of their yarn and haven't received the replacements yet.

The true LYSs in the US have just as nice yarns as you have available, but not every smaller town will have one, and the large chain stores may be only places to buy yarn. It's not fair to compare a craft store with a LYS.

Jan in CA
08-27-2010, 12:55 PM
What?! I prefer the yarns in my yarn store, but along with the cheap stuff some of the yarns in the craft stores are very nice.

Shopping online is the easiest way to get what you want.

Sunshine's Mom
08-30-2010, 09:35 AM
I've noticed in my Michael's that there are lot more sock yarns (Patons Kroy sock), and even some that are in solid colors like black and tan. The yarn itself is superwash wool, which is very cool as I don't like acrylic for socks (it doesn't breathe). But the yarn is a bit thicker than fingering weight (not quite sport weight), and even though it says it's a 50g ball (and I would get 2 for a pair of socks), you really need 3 balls to make a pair of socks. That's not Michael's fault, it's Patons'. But I am glad that I can get sock yarn there now.

Crycket
08-30-2010, 09:52 AM
I wrote off Michaels about a year ago. There is nothing there (that I would like) that I can't pick up at Herrschners or Mary Maxim...And really...they both have a better price.

I really miss Romni Wool in TO. Since moving to Kitchener, it is a day trip if I want to get in there!

kmaclean
08-30-2010, 10:46 AM
I went by my local Michael's yesterday after I saw this thread ... I was just curious to see if there had been any significant changes here.

Where there used to be three aisles dedicated to yarn, there are now only two. And one of them is solely bulky and super bulky weights that I would rarely have a need to buy. They do seem to have a greater selection of Patons, but that's about it. They even seem to have fewer baby yarns.

Overall, very disappointing ... especially considering that it's pretty much the only place nearby that I am able to actually go shopping for yarn. I don't mind shopping online, at least then I can get what I want ... it would just be nice to be able to physically see/feel the yarn before purchasing more often! :pout:

Daylilydayzed
08-30-2010, 09:03 PM
I went to my local Michaels and their yarn there is only one aisle where it used to be the first three aisles in the store. They eliminated almost all other brand names except theirs. I needed a ball of cotton yarn to finish a string market bag and only had one strap to go when I ran out of . I stopped at Michaels to see if I could match the color but I couldn't. The brand I had been using was Peaches and Creme yarn and all they had was Lily Sugar and Cream. So I picked up one that was pretty close to the colors I had been using and finished my bag.

vaudiss
09-01-2010, 10:08 AM
I went to my local Michaels and their yarn there is only one aisle where it used to be the first three aisles in the store. They eliminated almost all other brand names except theirs. I needed a ball of cotton yarn to finish a string market bag and only had one strap to go when I ran out of . I stopped at Michaels to see if I could match the color but I couldn't. The brand I had been using was Peaches and Creme yarn and all they had was Lily Sugar and Cream. So I picked up one that was pretty close to the colors I had been using and finished my bag.

I used to get Peaches and Cream at Walmart but since they no longer carry crafts supplies I have no idea where to get it anymore....

yarncharmer
09-02-2010, 09:37 AM
My Walmart still has some yarn, but they recently replaced peaches n cream with sugar and cream - why oh why? I like peaches and cream better, and every other local store sells the sugar and cream. But, you can order directly from the company: http://peaches-creme.com/ and they have lots of colors available that you don't typically see in the stores... (especially now, that no stores seem to sell it :cry: )

I haven't ordered from them but hear their customer service is great

suzeeq
09-02-2010, 09:55 AM
Whoops, the site ate my post yesterday which included the link to the company posted above, and also a link to Cotton Clouds (http://www.cottonclouds.com/) which also carries other cotton yarns.

kitkaty
05-16-2011, 03:56 PM
They sure have many changes in our yarn dept....and all new yarns by patons and others....much fancier yarn. Not necessarily wool...some friends dont like wool or its itchy to them. And all our yarns stores have beautiful yarn even though it is expensive. But our Michaels had 3 aisles of all new yarn.....completely different brands also. New York

suzeeq
05-16-2011, 04:22 PM
YEs, they do a lot of changeover of yarns this time of year. Deals on the closeouts and new yarns available.

wellslipmystitches
05-16-2011, 06:31 PM
I have access to Hobby Lobby, Michaels and WalMart. Everything gets changed. Remember the old ad? - "Your soap, my soap, they're all improved." Change doesn't always mean better.
Jean

suzeeq
05-16-2011, 07:05 PM
In this case though, I've heard the yarn Dept is improving.

stringtheory
05-16-2011, 08:04 PM
Whether I'm in the Michael's near my home or up at school, I find their yarn sections to be lacking! They'll be sold out of certain types of yarn for weeks at a time. And the notions department has just about nothing! I much prefer JoAnn's Fabric for my knitting supplies, if I can get to my LYS of course!

knittystix
05-17-2011, 10:59 AM
Our local Michaels did a "new" yarn department a couple of years ago - the only difference I noticed is that they brought in a bunch of yarn under some brand name I'd never heard of. I didn't much care for it.

suzeeq
05-17-2011, 11:06 AM
You mean the Loops and Threads brand? That's Michaels house brand.

Daylilydayzed
05-18-2011, 10:16 PM
I bought some Patons Grace yarn in the Skye color and I didn't get enough and when I went back less than a week later, they had put it on clearance it and every ball in the color I needed was gone. I had knitted a bag out of it since it was cotton yarn and didn't have enough for the straps. So I guess I will have to use a different color like clay to finish it.