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Old 02-23-2010, 12:46 PM   #1
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Going to real live yarn shop
Here in Denver... www.thelambshoppe.com

You may have surmised that I am a n0ob when it comes to knitting. So far, I have three sets of straights (two metal, one bamboo) various and sundry yarn, including some 2nd hand stuff I bought in a big bag. That's it.

What should I look for at ye olde yarn shoppe? Halp.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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One of my favorite people just told me that a real live yarn shop is opening across the street from his salon in Austin. I told him to get ready for me to move in.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:28 PM   #3
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HEhehe. Should I get circular needles? DPNs? Moar yarn? I has no clue. So far, I've gone to Michael's and it's slim pickins there, except for yarns on sale...
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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I think it would be a good idea to have a project in mind, maybe find a hat pattern you like? Then you would know what weight yarn you wanted and what size/length circulars and/or dpns you need.

My first trip to a real LYS I walked in knowing I wanted to make a scarf with bulky yarn, and I knew I wanted natural fiber that didn't cost a fortune. The people were SUPER helpful and helped me pick out a wool/alpaca bulky yarn that was on sale for $3/skein.

I think as long as you have a project in mind you can ask for help and *hopefully* get some really great service!
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:41 PM   #5
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I want to knit hmm probably a scarf. I've done a dishcloth so far lol. I'm knitting a random thing currently that may become a scarf. I think I would like to knit socks in the future too. Maybe they can suggest a really easy pattern for n0obs?
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Oh good God. Have a project in mind before you go. If I walked into a yarn store without a project in mind I'd walk out bankrupt.
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Yea! LYS are fun to visit and hang out in. Most are friendly welcoming places for newbies. For your first time I suggest two things for this first trip...

1. Find a pattern you want to use so you can choose the appropriate weight yarn and needles. If you just want to make a garter stitch or simple scarf then know what weight yarn you want. The yarn weight will dictate needle size.
2. Just have fun looking around!

On my daughter's first trip to a LYS she bought a pair of Addi circulars and yarn for the Yarn Harlot Scarf. It was her first time using circs and now she's a convert. Haha! They are pricey, but if you don't mind spending that much for one pair it's a good choice. You can always get Options later or whatever later. That's a good, easy pattern btw. I've used it several times with various weight yarns.
Here's the Rav link for the scarf.

The best place to learn to knit socks is here because she's got great photos for every step of the pattern
http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/

The ones to learn with are either DPN or two circular. Once you have a pair made you can move on to two at one time if you want...(I prefer two knit SEPARATELY at the same time using two circulars for each one.) I learned on the DPN one though.
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Thanks guys...they ignored me lol. Didn't buy anything.
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What??!! No Way! Well, that stinks! I can't believe they would do that~but it's their loss, I guess.

Are there any other LYS nearby? If not, there's always the internet, though you can't play with the goodies first! Well, hopefully you'll find something soon for your next project!
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Yeah, BF and I were wandering around, me, eyeballing yarn, looking lost/confused. Lots of employees in the shop. Not so much as a hello. I think yarn shops are few and far between where I live, Vancouver, BC, though I know of a shop that carries a little knitting stuff (they're mostly needlework/cross stitch) but they know my mother and I very well so I don't feel intimidated/weird in their shop, though it's an hour + via public transit for me to get there.
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