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Old 06-21-2007, 08:32 AM   #1
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Someone's probably already asked this, but...
I haven't been here in a while, so I dunno.

Where is a good place to buy discount yarns? I'm not worried about needles; I can easily make those myself. But I really don't have a lot of money at ALL, as I only work 2 days/week. So I need somewhere very inexpensive. It doesn't have to be fancy, just decent. As it stands, I've only got 3 or 4 skeins to my name. I am so ashamed!
I'm looking for somewhere either on line or in Baltimore.

And what are some good yarns to buy? There's so much to choose from, no matter WHERE you buy from!
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:35 AM   #2
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i really love knitpicks. i know others have had luck with ebay. you can also try elann.

bigto you. i remember being a student and lusting after yarn.
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:35 AM   #3
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In a pinch I like Caron Simply Soft - it's acrylic, but very soft and I just bought some on sale at AC Moore a few days ago for $1.99 - you can't really beat that. The regular price isn't much higher, maybe $2.49.

I think some Walmart stores even carry it.

You can find some nice things in clearance at the craft stores sometimes too, if you are willing to dig.
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:44 AM   #4
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http://smileysyarns.com/
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:49 AM   #5
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The problem with SmileysYarns is that they've got a min. delivery requirement of $40.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:17 AM   #6
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WalMart carries some decent yarns and some really crappy yarns, but you can find some good deals there. I can find Lion Brand yarn, which is good, and Patons, which is slightly better, at Michaels. KnitPicks has great prices. http://yarn.com has good deals on yarns, too - if you happen to like a discontinued color, you can get yarn for incredible prices there. I learned about Little Knits (http://www.littleknits.com) here on KH. They have some good sales that you can watch, too.

As for which yarns are good yarns to buy - it all depends on what you're making. You can use just about anything for scarves - different yarns give you different looks, and they're a great way to experiment with different yarns. You can get Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn at WalMart or Michaels and that's good for dishclothes. I like the Lion Brand Wool Ease for afghans, since you can machine wash it if you need to.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:14 AM   #7
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I really like The Sheeps Shed Studio in Wyoming for Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. They don't have a huge color selection, but if you check often enough, you'll get good finds. I also like their Brown Sheep Wildfoote sock yarn. Look under Carol's Super Specials and scroll down. http://www.thesheepshedstudio.com/ca...rspecials.html

I love Knit Picks, and scour ebay like it's my business. I personally do NOT like Little Knits - I've ordered from them a few times, and I've never ever had a positive experience with them. But their prices are good.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:53 AM   #8
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WalMart also carries Simply Soft at about $2.09 regular price. This site - http://www.discountyarnsale.com/cat_by.cfm - has nice yarns by the bagful at a good price.

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Old 06-21-2007, 11:00 AM   #9
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I would do Knitpicks or cotton at Walmart or a craft store. Cotton lace is very pretty.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:02 AM   #10
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You could also check out thrift stores (there can be some lovely surprises there) and dollar stores (I've seen some novelty yarns at one that are $5 in craft stores). You probably won't have a lot of choices at either place, but the price is right.
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