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Old 01-03-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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I just bot a bunch of yarn online and I was wondering, do any of you here buy your yarn online and if so - was it a good experience for you?
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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I have ordered online from KnitPicks, Loopy Ewe, SockPixie, Webs and Joann... every experience went well. I was afraid to order online at first (I'm a touch and feel kind of yarn buyer) but I went with the highly recommended sites above and have never been disappointed. I know there are several other shops I have yet to try out. I have gotten braver with all this success!
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99 percent of my yarn is purchased on line. It's just plain cheaper.
www.elann.com has great discounts as does Webs ( www.yarn.com ).
If you're in the market for more higher-end yarn at great discounts, then I'd recommend www.littleknits.com .
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I don't buy yarn online I'm a instant gratification kind of person I need it now lol. I have thought about it though and I almost did one time on e-bay (it' was someone's yarn stash)
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I buy a lot of my yarn online. I've shopped with KnitPicks, Jimmy Beans Wool, WEBS, Pisgah Yarn & Dyeing Co (Peaches and Cream) and elann. I've had wonderful luck with all of them and haven't been disappointed yet. In fact I just got a package today from elann with some wonderful wool/alpaca blend yarns.

I would do more local shopping but budget is a huge consideration for me and the LYS's in my area tend to be quite pricey.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:11 AM   #6
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I have only bought yarn online a couple of times - Knitpicks and WEBS. I think it helps if you have a color card! That way you can be more certain of the color (really hard online!) and texture. I got some Cascade wool yarn on sale at Webs, but there are no returns on sale items and the color wasn't exactly what I was expecting, so I ordered more in a different color (still on the way). I think the great savings is somewhat offset by the fact that I bought twice as much yarn! I know I'll find a use for it, though.

Another thing that can be helpful is if you are a Ravelry member, search for the yarn and you can see different shots of the color in full garments, as well as read comments.

My tips are more related to avoiding problems with the yarn not being what you are expecting. If what you want to know is more customer-service oriented, that may not be much help! I have ordered lots of stuff from Knitpicks and they have EXCELLENT customer service. I haven't had any problems with WEBS so I don't know how helpful they are if you need it. I would say that from WEBS the standard shipping is kind of slow (maybe it's the holidays but I'm not convinced). But their prices are pretty unbelieveable.
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I've bought yarn online at Elann.com, Knitpicks, Webs and eBay, and all of the experiences were good. I particularly like Elann because they always have a great selection and excellent prices, and I always receive my orders within 3 days of ordering.
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Originally Posted by laikabear View Post
Another thing that can be helpful is if you are a Ravelry member, search for the yarn and you can see different shots of the color in full garments, as well as read comments.
Quoted for truth. Ravelry has definitely helped me in choosing yarn for both brand and color. (It's also where I got some of those suggestions on good places to go.)
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It's the only place I seem to buy. I like Knitpicks, littleknits, and yarncountry.

I did get color cards from KP. My monitor seemed to show the colors differently. Now I have the color cards at my disposal and that makes it a lot easier to get accuracy.
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I've been very happy buying from KnitPicks, Elann, and Herrschnerrs. As others have mentioned, the colors may not be exactly as shown on your monitor, but I haven't been disappointed in the actual color when I get it.
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