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LYS Love

It’s been a while since I’ve been in my local yarn store (LYS), and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I went back there last week.

Benefits of Local

Twist Knitting & Spinning in Lahaska, PA is my LYS and here are some of the benefits I remembered when I went back after probably a year or more absence:

  • Their yarn assortment goes from common to exotic (from Cascade to higher-end luxury yarns like Shibui and Manos…including some beautiful local yarns)
  • Swatches showing how the yarn knits up are plentiful as are the ideas for projects using the yarn
  • There is enough activity in the shop to have yarn inventory that is turning over regularly
  • They have an extensive assortment of needles in many different brands
  • Sales staff (or the owner, Deb) will suggest items they know I’ll like
  • They let me know about local events in which I might be interested
  • They work with yarn reps that I know and take my suggestions to heart for new products

Overall, I find supporting my local yarn store can be incredibly satisfying…here are some of my latest purchases:

Lana Grossa Olympia – Two clearance bulky exploded balls of yarn!

Shibui Cloud – Lustrous Kid Mohair/Silk yarn that is incredibly soft

Wonderland Yarns Unicorn – Glittery and fluffy!

 

Various knitting needles to round out my extensive collection

The first yarn was on clearance and the rest was at a 20% storewide sale day, so I saved a LOT of money.

Current Knitting

Working non-stop on the Ombre Garter Shawl in two different colorways, I still have a long way to go before I sleep.

Based on all the work I put into this one, I’m not sure I’ll be able to price it for as much as it should cost, but I am loving how it’s coming out.

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