Thanks to the popularity of knitting
these days, itís easy to find yarn for whatever project you might have in
mind. Just like fabric, there is a wide range of quality, which really
means a wide price range. If youíre just staring out, it would be smart to
buy yarn that doesnít cost much. Youíll probably love knitting, but in
case you donít, you wonít have wasted a lot of money.
So, where to go? The best option for a
beginner knitter is a general crafts store, like Michaels or A.C.
Moore. Walmart also sells yarn at most of their locations. At stores like
this, you will find yarn that sells anywhere from about $3.00 per skein to
$9.00. When choosing yarn here, a great way to test is the ďcheek testĒ,
which is simply to rub the yarn on your cheek. If itís scratchy, you
probably donít want to be wearing it. Also, there is some yarn thatís soft
enough, but it wonít hold up well. These places are great to explore what
kinds of yarn you favor, and to decide if knitting really is for you. Some
of the yarn is great quality and some is very cheaply made. Youíll learn
to feel and see for yourself.
Next are the independent yarn shops.
They are more expensive, but in this case, youíre paying for much higher
quality yarns. The yarn at these small shops varies greatly in price and
quality, but you donít have to spend a small fortune. They also have the
added bonus of usually being full of happy employees and knitters who are
all delighted to help you with any questions. The help and the sense of
fun are unbeatable in small yarn shops.
Lastly, if youíre lucky you can buy your yarn
from a farm that makes it. This is a great option because not only will
you get to see how the yarn is made, youíll get a decent price because
there will be no store markup. You can find farms near you by looking
online, or by asking at a local yarn shop if there are any farms in the
As you grow
as a knitter, youíll learn where your favorite place to shop for yarn is,
every knitter has one. The nice thing is that in every place you can buy
yarn, there is something thatís just right for every knitter.
by Sarah Carbone