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Old 10-09-2007, 07:34 PM   #11
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There are several threads on which on-line shops are people's favorites. My favorites involve 'sale' and 'clearance.'

www.yarn.com (Webs) and
www.littleknits.com are my current favorites.

Oh, and www.elann.com and www.yarnware.com and www.kyarns.com . . .
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:28 PM   #12
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Currently, the best out of all of these sites appears to be KnitPicks. This may change in the future.

This list is being updated and will eventually include more information about each site as well as retail stores where you can purchase yarn (and their locations). My usage of "skein" typically means "per 50g" or "per 100yds", etc... Since there isn't really a standard method of distribution. Here's what I have so far:

Websites:
Knit Picks
$3.00/skein - "Traveling the world to bring you affordable knitting." Free shipping on orders over $45.

Herrschners
$5.00/skein - (Several different discounted prices)

Joann Fabrics
$5.00/skein

Kaleidescope Yarns
$5.50/skein

Wool Girl
$6.00/skein - "Exceptional hand-painted yarns and knitting accessories".

The Knitting Zone
$6.00/skein - (lowest price: $1.00/skein) - Closeout section with deals such as $1/skein.

Yarn Market
$6.50/skein - $6.50 flat rate shipping, free shipping for orders over $100.

The Loopy Ewe
$6.75/skein - "Your online source for sock yarns, patterns and fun accessories". $6 flat rate shipping for orders under $75. Free shipping on orders $75+.

Bartlett Yarns, Inc.
$7.00/skein - Various custom yarns.

Yarnware
$7.00/skein - "We will be having a BIG SALE beginning Thursday October 11th. All items in stock will be on sale".

Halcyon Yarn
$7.00/skein

CottageYarnInc
$7.00/skein

Sarah's Yarns
$7.50/skein ($3.85/2-oz ball) - Mainly a wholesale dealer (wholesale pricing for orders of 4+ cones).

yarn.com
$9.00/skein - "America's Yarn Store" Certain styles as low as $3.00/skein (e.g. Jo Sharp "Soho Summer DK" in Java)

Full Thread Ahead
$9.00/skein - Several products backordered, long wait times for shipping. $5 shipping flat rate.

Schoolhouse Press
$9.00/skein - 100% wool, several rarer yarns like "Un-Spun Icelandic: ...long-fibered fleece unique to Icelandic sheep produce the warmest wool we know of..."

Elann
VARIOUS - "Captivating yarns... Irresistable prices", "Bargain" section has "Full Bag Blowout" sales (1,000yds+) for $25 (and other varying prices).

Etsy
VARIOUS - "Your place to buy & sell all things handmade", handspun yarn varying from $4.00-$9.00/skein. You can sell your projects here as well buy other people's.

Little Knits
VARIOUS - Variety of brands/styles, all discounted off retail pricing (avg discount: 40% off retail)

No longer active:
www.discountbrandnameyarn.com

Retail Stores:
Joann Fabrics, Michael's, LYS ... (more coming)
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Old 10-09-2007, 08:57 PM   #13
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You may want to check out this site, too: http://www.bartlettyarns.com/index.cfm

I've never ordered from them, but their prices seem very reasonable.
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Sound of Emotion,

I like to get my Bernat Bamboo at Jo Ann's . VERY SOFT!!!( 4.99 )

TLC is O.K.

I love Beleezza by JoAnn's

Cascade Fixation is very strechy!

Malabrigo on E-Bay. ( I'll have to hunt for teh name. It's something fibers. )

Cashmere from Mcfarland ( Kates Cashmere ) on E- Bay

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Keep the links coming and let me know if you know of one that's not on the list. If you think my pricing is off, or know of a better way to qualify them, let me know.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:41 PM   #16
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I have shopped at Jimmy Beans and was amazed at how fast the stuff came. I bought sock yarn but they have lots of selections and great sales!
http://www.jimmybeanswool.com
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post
Welcome! I'm the knucklehead that knits in truckstops
And bars!

I buy my yarn at Hancock's, Hobby Lobby and sometimes Walmart. That's all I've got here. There is a small LYS, but I'm cheap and can't see that Brown Sheep, Noro (ugh), Cascade and other `name' yarns are worth the price. I want washable yarn too, and so buy Caron's Simply Soft, Lion's WoolEase, Bernat and other soft acrylics, though I have some Paton's SWS (soy wool blend) that I got at Michaels when I was out of state at my mother's. Along with some Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.

I have also purchased quite a bit of `nicer' yarns at knitpicks.com. They do have very good yarn at reasonable prices, though the skeins are tiny when you compare them to the 200-300 yd acrylic ones. Those are my `splurge' yarns when I want to treat myself. I've also found really good yarns at the Salvation Army, but they got cleaned out a while ago and nobody's donated anything else, darnit.

Plain wool is too itchy - rougher than Red Heart Super Saver - but merino wool is nice and soft. As read alpaca silk, or cashmere blends. Once you know your yarns, you can get some good deals on name brands on ebay, but be careful, many of the prices are more than sale or 40% off coupon prices at Joann's or Michaels.
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I have had luck finding yarn I like in all kinds of stores. I have yarn from upscale yarn shops as well as from Michael's and Joann's. I suggest you buy what you like. I have enjoyed working with Lion Brand Microspun, TLC Baby, and Caron Simply Soft from Michael's--all of which are quite affordable.

KnitPicks has lots of reasonably priced yarn. I have some yarn from there, but haven't used it yet.
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