My LYS is actually a quilt shop with yarn on the side. I love going there. I’m not really a “regular” so to speak, but the people are still friendly (some LYS’s — not so much). They have a frequent shopper program that is totally reachable (you don’t have to purchase $1,000 to get $5 back!) and every single month you get a coupon for 20% off of your total yarn/book purchase! Plus all patterns are always 30% off. And the prices are reasonable. I love the teacher there and the yarn portion of the store is really taking off.
So I headed there yesterday with my monthly coupon to get some goodies for my SP10 pal and suddenly realized how boring this LYS really is. For me, for normal knitting they have what I need — Cascade 220; Debbie Bliss; Noro, etc. But if you want something nice or really pretty… or a cute little doo-dad… not so much. I was kind of disappointed because I really want to support my LYS, but I think the rest of the pacakges for SP10 will be purchased on-line so I can get her something beautiful. I may also venture out the to 2 other LYS’s in town….
Which leads me to another point… my city is currently 1.4 million people and growing daily. How is it that we have only 2 full-time, yarn only stores and 1 quilt store with a side of yarn?? We had 3 full-time stores, but one had to shut down. I read the Harlot’s page and am following the represent thingy. If there really are so many of us… how does a city this large only support 1-2 yarn shops? Hmmmm… one is kinda snooty and I think LYS owners need to be aware of that — you never know who the new person in the shop is! And coffee — why oh why don’t any of them sell or offer tea/coffee?? And somewhere to sit down and look at the pattern books? I’m thinking yarn shops need to be more like bookstores — beverages, comfy seating, and good light! 🙂
Happy Easter! I’m baking today instead of knitting. I found a shawl on Elann that I fell in love with. Sadly, I can’t come up with $30 to get the yarn… it’s a rainbow shawl in Adara (I think). I love color! 🙂 But I digress… happy easter and I’ll throw up a picture the bird’s nests; bunny cake; and basket cupcakes I’m baking today!