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scraffan
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Posted - 05/16/2006 :  7:13:09 PM  Show Profile Send scraffan a Private Message
I walk around the store slowly. I have to look at everything. Make a second trip around just in case I missed a type of yarn.
Then I take closer looks at the yarn I like best. Wool and other natural fibers. Then comes feeling and checking out the colors. I enjoy the hand dyed wool best.
Karen

NuttyKnitter101
Chatty Knitter

338 Posts

Posted - 05/16/2006 :  8:42:57 PM  Show Profile Send NuttyKnitter101 a Private Message
I do the same thing! The one time my bro came with me made him swear that I was stalking the aisles.

If I am me,
and you are you,
then who is he?
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caeebe
Chatty Knitter

346 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2006 :  10:53:59 AM  Show Profile Send caeebe a Private Message
I take forever too, One of my local yarn stores is actually a fabric store with a good selection of nice yarns. I go to the yarn section first and peruse once or twice and maybe pick up a few things in my basket. Then I go and look at fabrics for all the sewing I don't do and the notions in case there is a gadget I haven't noticed before. Then I finally go back to the yarn and search 1 or 2 more times before buying my yarn.

Clara
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scraffan
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Posted - 05/18/2006 :  5:47:20 PM  Show Profile Send scraffan a Private Message
Even when I say "I do not need..." I still walk away with wool or something. Sometimes it is just a pattern but even then it still an extra item! Patterns and magazines may accumalate but I go through them with a fine tooth comb.
Karen
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Falco
Chatty Knitter

132 Posts

Posted - 05/18/2006 :  8:00:25 PM  Show Profile Send Falco a Private Message
I do the same thing. I start at one end and go slowly around the whole store, first looking over all the yarn, move on to the books and patterns, check out all the needles and gadgets, then I go back and really look at the yarn. Only then do I decide what I can't leave without. I don't think I've ever left a yarn store empty handed, even if its a single pattern or a set of needles.

Denise
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Elisjay
New Pal

United Kingdom
18 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2006 :  02:31:37 AM  Show Profile Send Elisjay a Private Message
I can walk into food stores and come out emptyhanded but no way could I do this in a wool shop. Something must be purchased whether it be actually need or just taken a fancy to.My daughter always says " I will leave your here Mum and go get a coffee" She is NOT a knitter :D
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Noli
Chatty Knitter

231 Posts

Posted - 06/08/2006 :  06:51:07 AM  Show Profile  Visit Noli's Homepage  Send Noli a Yahoo! Message Send Noli a Private Message
I run around like a chicken with it's head cut off, then slow down and take my time, and want everything in the shop. Thankfully it's a big shop where we're encouraged to "loiter" :D And yep, always buy something, even if it's just a single ball of yarn for testing :).
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diamondgirl
Chatty Knitter

USA
194 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  10:03:49 AM  Show Profile Send diamondgirl a Private Message

I look at every skein, and then go back and look at them all again. I repeat this process maybe three or four times. My yarn store was a sewing notion/ribbon/button store that has enormously expanded its yarn section over the past few years, and they carry mostly lovely, natural fiber yarns. It's not like they get vast new shipments every week, but I still have to look at every skein four times, once a week. The ladies there know I am a yarn freak, and are very patient with me.

They have this $65 a (tiny) skein Italian special fairy unicorn hair/baby yeti or whatever blend that I passionately fondle every time I go there. I don't know if anyone has EVER bought a skein of it. But it is on my list of yarn to pat when I go there.

Third Generation Craft Ho
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caeebe
Chatty Knitter

346 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2006 :  10:48:03 AM  Show Profile Send caeebe a Private Message
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Originally posted by diamondgirl


They have this $65 a (tiny) skein Italian special fairy unicorn hair/baby yeti or whatever blend that I passionately fondle every time I go there. I don't know if anyone has EVER bought a skein of it. But it is on my list of yarn to pat when I go there.



I love that. I want skein of yarn that is my list to pat everytime I visit a yarn shop. I think I would feel too guilty to go to a yarn shop everyweek. I just don't have enough money to buy even a cheap skein of yarn everyweek. I make up for it by going around the yarn shop many times whenever I am in one.

Clara
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llinn
honorary angel

USA
1650 Posts

Posted - 07/03/2006 :  8:34:09 PM  Show Profile Send llinn a Private Message
I had to close my yarn store in '96 because I couldn't run the store and drive a truck for money at the same time and the girls and my mom dropped my business by about 70% after I went back to work at a real job.. But oh how I miss my yarn store, the other day I found a roll of pictures I had taken of the store (I used to just take pictures of the shelves every so often because they looked so good) and I sat upstairs sniveling over a bunch of pictures of yarn.
Talk about embarassing.
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diamondgirl
Chatty Knitter

USA
194 Posts

Posted - 07/04/2006 :  10:08:01 AM  Show Profile Send diamondgirl a Private Message
Well, that's kind of the embarrassing habit part, Clara - I don't *buy* anything at the store once a week. I go in and pat the yarn once a week. I can buy stuff maybe once a month.



Third Generation Craft Ho
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Noli
Chatty Knitter

231 Posts

Posted - 07/09/2006 :  05:09:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Noli's Homepage  Send Noli a Yahoo! Message Send Noli a Private Message
Awe, don't get embarrassed. Have you ever been in a completely empty shop, only to realize that while you were oohing and ahhing, a bunch of people came in and started shopping and actually buying stuff?

I don't have scientific proof, but I think it's like shills. When casinos want to increase play at a table they have a prop player play with the casino's money. They spark interest in the game and leave when the table's full.

So even if you don't personally plunk down some $$$ that day, other folks do, and you're helping to spark their interest, or at least that can be your perfectly good story to tell. :D

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pinkroses
New Pal

Vatican City
22 Posts

Posted - 07/16/2006 :  3:49:32 PM  Show Profile Send pinkroses a Private Message
I walk around and look at every thing too. The only yarn store we have is actually very expensive. I have 2 craft stores that sell good yarn at fair prices and 2 fabric stores that sell yarn.
I don't think I could afford that $65.00 yarn though. I am not that rich. Ha. Pinkroses
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abt1950
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Posted - 08/12/2006 :  4:51:03 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message
I dither and then dither some more. I spend lots of time considering and reconsidering colors. If I'm serious about a yarn for a project for myself, I'll see if they have mirror. I go stand in front of it with skeins of the yarn I'm considering and alternate back and forth about which would really look best on me. I go back, look at yarn some more, go back to the mirror again, and finally ask the salesperson what she thinks. Then I let her tell me what I should do.

However, if I'm in a chain store, I dither on my own and half the time put everything back. But I just can't bear to do that in an LYS.

Just call me decisive.

Anne

Knit long and prosper
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hillstreetmama
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USA
3448 Posts

Posted - 08/12/2006 :  4:57:38 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message
I like to stop at my LYS on my way home from work. I can't count how many times my cell phone rings and my family wants to know where I am. I just say "I'm at Karla's" and they know to not expect me for another hour! It's not a big shop, but she's got lots of nice things and tons of ideas.

If you want to lose yourself in a yarn store for HOURS, go to String of Purls in Omaha. It's like a yarn store on steroids.
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yarnyamy
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562 Posts

Posted - 08/13/2006 :  12:14:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit yarnyamy's Homepage Send yarnyamy a Private Message
I take forever too- if there's something specific I came for I grab that right away, but I always have to look at EVERYTHING else at least twice anyway!

http://frottez.blogspot.com
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gwtreece
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USA
7254 Posts

Posted - 08/14/2006 :  05:52:19 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
I get to the LYS so infrequently that I have to spend a lot of time checking out the stuff. Looking at yarn in person is much more enjoyable in person than on the net.

Wanda
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Ruby Plaid
Seriously Hooked

USA
661 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2006 :  05:30:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ruby Plaid's Homepage Send Ruby Plaid a Private Message
I gently squeeze the yarn, like a melon.

My sassy knitting blog is here: http://www.xanga.com/RubyPlaid

If you want to visit my sadly neglected crafts website: http://www.geocities.com/hotelcrafty
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