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Date: 10/14/10 6:15 PM

Iam finding that Joann's yarn selection is alot like thier fabric. Very little really nice stuff. Where do you buy the really nice stuff?

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Date: 10/14/10 6:28 PM

Depending on how much you want to spend I sometimes find some decent yarn at WalMart or Michaels. If you have an ACMoore nearby, they have a decent selection as well. If you don't have a local yarn shop, the web has all kinds of yarns out there. Halcyon.com has gorgeous yarn and when we visited their store it was breathtaking and could have been very hazardous to my wealth. Then there is knitpicks.com, Herrschners.com and I'm sure many others that aren't coming to me right now. I'm sure many others here will have suggestions as well. Good luck and happy knitting. Fabric.com also sells yarn.
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Date: 10/14/10 6:29 PM

If you have a stand-alone yarn shop in your town, that's the first place to look. If you want to hunt on the internet, there are a lot of places, but you have to build an acquaintance with them and be prepared to order samples. knitpicks.com is one online store I have absolute confidence in, having ordered from them for years. Their price for quality is among the best.
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Date: 10/14/10 7:46 PM

I am a novice knitter but our knitting group orders from KnitPicks occasionally. They have a $50 minimum for free shipping but with a group it's easy to reach that. I have a few of their merino wool/silk threads, very yummy stuff!

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Date: 10/14/10 8:30 PM

I have gotten to really like Brown Sheep yarn, it is made right here in USA. I buy mine from Red Barn Farm in northern Butternut, WI via internet orders, she also has site on E-bay. I have bought from here for about 5 years now. Also love the Surina wood needles she has. She is really great to do business with & is also into weaving & has yarns for that too. .......If I am wanting just Red Heart yarn I go to Ben Franklin's or Hobby Lobby.

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Date: 10/16/10 8:16 AM

Two online places that I REALLY love are:

The Kansas Yarn Barn
http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/

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Halcyon Yarn
http://halcyonyarn.com/

Hope this helps!

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Date: 10/16/10 12:15 PM

I second KnitPicks. Their prices are really good for natural fibers.

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Date: 10/19/10 10:44 AM

Lots of brick and mortar stores as well as online stores carry nice yarn. Depends on what type you want, cotton, wool, silk, alpaca.
Knit Map

check the link out to see your local store. Pay a visit to the store and see "feel" what type of yarn appeals to you. My personal favorites are ella rae, rowan, berroco.

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Date: 10/19/10 11:03 AM

Hi!

I would also repeat the "go to a yarn shop" advice. Feeling the yarns makes a big difference. Online, in addition to knitpicks, I have also purchased from YarnMarket, Woodland Woolworks, Camilla Valley Farms, and Elann. Elann has some really spectacular deals, so it's worth signing up for their newsletter.

All of these places are reliable. None of them can make yarn appear from thin air, though. I have been working on the Floral Felted Bag for years, and I have had the hardest time ordering the "grouse" colored yarn...The yarn maker, Jamieson's, seems to not always make yarns. I've had three separate orders from two different yarn shops never get filled, even after 4-5 months of monthly reminder emails.

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Date: 10/19/10 3:05 PM

psew & Iowa make an excellent point about the importance of feeling the yarn! Halcyon Yarn offers a set of sample cards with lengths of all of their yarns (including all the different colors of each type) on them.

Their Yarn Store in a Box is about $40 - some think that's pricey, others don't. I guess it depends on how much you typically spend on your knitting. ;)

The cards also give the knitting gauge for each sample, which is helpful. I know that I turn to my cards again and again when I'm planning a new project. :)

A good local store is ideal, but there are definitely workable internet options available. Good luck!

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