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Old 01-12-2009, 09:36 AM   #1
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Going to England.. should I avoid purchasing patterns?
We're going on a tour of Great Britain and I'm just wondering if I should avoid purchasing pattern books over there. Also, is there any particular yarn I should purchase should I stumble across it? Not really planning on seeking out any stores, but you never know what you'll come across.
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:48 AM   #2
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The only things which might stop me from buying patterns would be (1) the exchange rate, and (2) the thought that I'd have to carry them home. Otherwise, some British designers have some nice patterns. Many of the British yarns are available in the U.S. now, too, so I don't know of anything you should snatch up - unless there's some great hand-spun yarn you stumble across. That's unique anywhere.

But if you like yarn stores, it makes perfect sense to do something you enjoy while you're on your trip.
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Some terminology may be a bit different in the patterns, but there are plenty of places on the internet to find "translations" and I wouldn't let that stop you. As far as yarns-I'd look around for some of the English brands that are available here and see if you can find them cheaper. (One example that comes to mind is Rowan.)

ETA: And have fun in Great Britain! I'm jealous.
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As a Brit I say...buy as much as you can carry!
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As a Brit I say...buy as much as you can carry!
Hahahaha I have to agree lol . Seriously though! Just buy what you like and what you can afford .
But i know if i ever go to the US . I would bring an mpty suitcase with me and fill it up lol
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Thanks everyone for your quick response! It's helpful to know that there are translations on the net. Will probably do some googling on that and the exchange rates as well. As far as there being British yarn here, I guess I never read the label close enough to see where it's made. And yes, books do add weight don't they~~
hmmm. Will have to be careful.
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If you do buy a lot of stuff you could ship it home to yourself.
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Do you know exactly where you are going in the UK. Look up the places by googling and see what local yarn shops/spinners that you find. Yarn is very expensive over here and so is books. So I would only buy stuff that you definitely could not get in the US. like locally spun/handyed yarn. Hope you have a great time exploring the UK.
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I went to Paris last summer and came home with two books and ...uh... several (5) knitting magazines ... and I do not speak French. I have not even tried to translate them but I LOVE looking at them.... I say buy anything you see and fall in love with. I have learned in travleing... you can't go back and what you really wanted and didn't get will haunt you !!!
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Originally Posted by Marria View Post
Some terminology may be a bit different in the patterns, but there are plenty of places on the internet to find "translations" and I wouldn't let that stop you. As far as yarns-I'd look around for some of the English brands that are available here and see if you can find them cheaper. (One example that comes to mind is Rowan.)

ETA: And have fun in Great Britain! I'm jealous.
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Hahahaha I have to agree lol . Seriously though! Just buy what you like and what you can afford .
But i know if i ever go to the US . I would bring an mpty suitcase with me and fill it up lol
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Do you know exactly where you are going in the UK. Look up the places by googling and see what local yarn shops/spinners that you find. Yarn is very expensive over here and so is books. So I would only buy stuff that you definitely could not get in the US. like locally spun/handyed yarn. Hope you have a great time exploring the UK.

Oh! Sounds like you can take some of your "American" yarns or pattern books and trade with some UK knitters.

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