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Whereís My Yarn? Finding Yarn for your Projects

 

Finding yarn for your knitted projects.

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 area.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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