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Old 01-27-2005, 11:14 PM   #1
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My Declaration
I went to a smaller LYS to pick up my supplies for the knit-a-long and I was impressed. There's 2 more LYS's that I'm going to check out tomorrow maybe and I bet they're just as great. I couldn't believe the stash this lady had!!!!! She was soooo incredibly helpful, friendly and funny. I walked into that store half an hour before closing tonight and presented my list to her:

2 skeins DK (sportweight) yarn
size 2 dpn's
2 knitting markers

Hubby picked out the yarn, since the socks will most likely fit him instead of me. She picked out the needles for me and I picked out Stitch Count markers, which I can only hope means knitting markers.

I told her this is my first pair of socks. She offered so many times while I was there, that if I needed any help with my knitting projects that I should come in and see her and she'll help me out.

Thus, I feel a transformation coming on and I want to share my declaration to everyone here (as I'm sure others have gone through the same experience):

I will no longer shop at Walmart, Zellers, Michael's or any other large department store for yarn or knitting accessories

The feeling of awe was way to big to ignore when I walked into that little independently owned shop and saw the amazing selection of yarns. I can tell you that I did not have the same feeling when I walked down the aisle in Michael's. The feeling I had there was a slight dread as I thought of how I was ever going to find the right yarn. I no longer have to feel that way, since I can just go to my new fav LYS.

I felt like a kid in a candy store in that place. She had so much more yarn and it was all over the place. I wouldn't even know the first place to look for something specific but it wouldn't matter. Comparatively, department stores felt like detention hall.

Here's another treat that was right up my alley. She had toys!!! My son is 19 months old and he found a new best friend when she pulled out a toybox. She even had one of his ultimate fav toys that he bolted to right away.

My little trip tonight has just added a whole new dimension of love for knitting. Shopping for yarn is always fun, but at this place, there was an added personal touch to it that makes me want to come up with excuses to go back all of the time.

/happy, contented sigh
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Old 01-27-2005, 11:41 PM   #2
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Belderaan, I've been wanting to ask this for a long time. What is LYS? I thought it was a chain like Michaels or something.

Anyway, I'm glad you had such a great visit there! Wish we had one.

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Old 01-27-2005, 11:55 PM   #3
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Beldaraan,

I agree with you about smaller stores. My DH and I owned a small hardware store for about ten years. We had time to visit with our customers and get to know them as individuals. When people came in, we were there to serve them and appreciated their business.

Since then, I have always tried to shop at mom and pop stores. I love the individual attention and atmosphere.

While many of the larger stores try, their workers are often overrun with the large number of customers.
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Old 01-27-2005, 11:55 PM   #4
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LYS = Local Yarn Shop. I live in a big city so I have lots of LYS's to go to. Michael's would be the closest LYS to me, since it is across the road. I am just chosing not to go there, in favour of the "smaller but with larger selection and friendlier, more helpful" yarn stores :D
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Old 01-28-2005, 01:03 AM   #5
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One of my favorite places is a LYS. I know what you mean when you said " I feel like a kid in a candy store", so do i.

I wish i knew more about knitting as i would love to work in one. Heck i would volunteer my time just to be in a LYS for hours

The City i live in has a darling YS within 7 minutes of me. (driving). The store is very small but oh the yarn she has. The walls are lined with beautiful yarn. I am so lucky.
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Old 01-28-2005, 01:45 AM   #6
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I'm so pleased that my LYS has a great website as well...
http://www.beehivewool.com

It makes planning ahead of time a breeze, and it's North of the border for any other Canadian shoppers tired of the $20-30 shipping and duty charges when ordering from the US.
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Old 01-28-2005, 12:25 PM   #7
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It is so important to support our local shops (and no, I don't own or work in one). These places have a hard time competing economically with the big chains. They have to do what they do in large part out of love. If we don't support them, they will disappear and then our lives will be poorer. Amy's is a wonderful site and I refer all my new knitting friends to it. Her videos really reenforce what the teacher teaches, and answer the questions the come up when you are out on your own and they are good for those of us who already have our courage up. But a beginner needs personal hands-on instruction, help and encouragement.
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Old 01-28-2005, 02:24 PM   #8
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So glad you had such a great experience. A new LYS opened here several months ago and I just love going in there. Catherine, I totally agree with you, we do need to support our local shops as much as we can. There are not enough "mom and pop" places around for personal attention....and isn't it nice when the owners recognize you when you walk into their store.
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Old 01-28-2005, 03:21 PM   #9
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I had a similar experience when I found a newly opened LYS in the town in which I work! They even encourage people to just bring in whatever they are working on and sit and knit -- no purchase or class needed! When I decided to try a couple projects that required circular needles, I went there and took their recommendation about needles, and I also purchased a book. I though the same thing: I'd rather pay a few dollars more and support the LYS.

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:49 PM   #10
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I have totally become a LYS snob... For me it's not only the selection of quality 100% natural yarns available, but the fact that the women running the store can offer help and suggestions. When was the last time the person in walmart or michael's knew enough about your project to answer a question?? I certainly will go into these "department" type stores if there is an emergency, and I don't mean to diss micheal's because I generally love that store for other crafty things (I hate walmart with a passion because I think they perpetuate a poverty level society, but since this isn't a political forum I won't go there). The woman who runs my LYS is wonderful: if she doesn't have something I want or need she'll special order it and personally call when it comes in! The prices are more expensize, but are totally justified by the individual service, quality of merchandice, and overall pleasurable shopping experience. (I should be on a commercia!)
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