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Knitting on a Budget [Nov. 15th, 2007|10:47 pm]
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Hi, I don't know how active this community is, but I'm hoping someone might have an answer! Or even several would be nice. :-)

I know about the new yarn store opening up in East Liberty, which is really quite exciting and I plan on going as soon as it does and checking it out.

BUT I'm actually curious about other knitting stores (that are NOT Knit One please and thanks) and especially personal reviews of said stores. I'm a student on a pretty tight budget and looking to start the rest of my holiday stuff. I also prefer to knit with real wool and cotton, hand spun, etc. which usually makes for a problem when you don't have a whole lot of money. I'm okay with knitting with the stuff you can find at Michael's when it's for myself or I'm practicing, but as these are gifts I'd really rather not

So I'm looking for somewhere with fair prices and good but not pushy service. The suburbs are fine if it's worth the ride. I have in the past bought yarn online because I can find good deals, but  that also comes with a lot of problems if and/or when you run out or it's not quite what you thought it would be etc. I would really like to see/feel/look at the stuff in person, not to mention support local business. I know there is a shop downtown called Ewe Can Knit I think, but I haven't been there in about two years, so if anyone has personal experience with that it would be really helpful.

Thanks for any and all help!

From: butterpat
2007-11-16 03:57 pm (UTC)
I feel bad that I pointed you over here, and no one has commented yet... ;-)

I have been to Carol's Needleworks in Bridgeville. Many people on Ravelry have strong opinions on her store. I have found that she has a very specific clientelle, and you may or may not fit into that group. That said, her yarn is catered to her regulars. My complaint with her is that it's a small shop, she's the only employee and is very opinionated, has limited weekend hours, and does not accept credit cards. Pricing seemed normal, though she's got a few high end lines.

I have not been to Blooming Yarns down in Washington County, but my mother and many on Ravelry swear it's the next best thing to sliced bread. I would like to make a trip there though, as I hear that customer service is astounding.

I work near Yarns by Design in Oakmont. Again, I can't speak of them because I haven't had time to stop, but they are an alternative source. Several knitting coworkers like them, though I suspect that is based on proximity more than pricing.

From what I've read on Ravelry, there are several stores in the eastern & northern suburbs, but those aren't my areas of knowledge.

I wish I could help more. FWIW, one of my craft goals is to visit & review 5 LYS. I was going to post my thoughts just to my craft goal blog, but maybe I'll but them here now - hoping to foster a stronger community.
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