Great thread! ...Man, you know I'm busy when it takes me 4 days to discover a thread like this. I swear I spent all of yesterday trying to catch up with posts, and still haven't read the last two days! LOL. (Of course I love
how busy this forum is getting. I only wish I could keep up! I may have to give up reading every post soon!
boo-hoo! It doesn't help that I'm a slow reader...)
Now what were we talking about? LOL. Oh yes, one of my favorite things! I love my LYS's. Yay Beldaraan! That's a great declaration!!! I'm with you sista! Let's support these great little shops. Stores like this dissappear if we don't support them. They have the best selection around, and will usually special order if they don't have what you want. They are more pricey than Michaels, but mostly that's because of the quality of yarn they carry, which is so much nicer to work with. And think of it as paying a little bit extra for all their friendly help (compare to the price of knitting classes!) and the wonderful environment that really makes you want to knit. And of course it's also supporting a locally-owned business. SOOOOO important! And it's just so nice and inspiring to go into one of these stores!
Hildegaard, I like it when you "go there." I'll follow you for a paragraph! I think we all need to pay attention to where we spend our money! When we spend money, we are voting for the businesses and practices we want to see in our world. We get what we pay for! It's not easy to know the details, like what kind of business practices a company has, and whether you should support it or not. That's why I love Co-op America
, which helps you find worthwhile businesses to support. They also keep an up-to-date boycott section. It sounds extreme, but sometimes that's the only way to convince a big company to change their exploitive ways. It does work. Like the Nike boycotts, which did make a difference in that company's practices. I often refer to Co-op America's "Green Pages" directory when looking for something to buy.