I live in Southington, and am a fairly novice knitter. I usually go to Creative Fibers in South Windsor, although I've been to the Wool Connection, Mystic Yarns, the place in Southbury, and several others around the state.
For a nice day trip (drive up for lunch and shopping), hubby and I drive up to Webs in Northampton, MA.
ACMoore is close by too, but their selection is mostly acrylic, or wool-acrylic blends. I do tend to be attracted to more expensive yarns, such as Colinette.
The Yarn Barn in Woodbridge is very good and right off the Merrit, just over the border from New Haven. Also Saybrook Yarn is great on Main St. in Old Saybrook. I live in Norwich
I'm in Monroe. (my husband is from New Canaan; my IL's still live there, Linda. We actually do know a Linda in New Canaan) I just took my first knitting class a few nights ago at All About Art in Monroe. I was supposed to wait until next month for the next Beginner class to finish my project, but I finished my scarf overnight and learned how to bind it off here. Now I've also taught myself how to cast on here, and have started another scarf. This is a great website for learning!
I will have to check out the yarn shop in Bethel. The other women in my knitting class were actually discussing the Southbury yarn shop, and how rude the owner is there, so I won't be going there. She must be quite a character, lol. I did go to Stratford yesterday, there is a really nice shop there. I bought $60.00 of yarn, really soft and pretty. That should make 4 scarves.