As if I never have enough projects, today I started Clapotis in some yarn I bought at Tangle Knitting Studio. The (nameless, but named by me Fushia Disco) is from Blue Heron Yarns and it is a rayon/metallic blend in…you guessed it…fushia, although the tag calls it berry.
Now, going to Tangle (the 2nd time I’ve been there today) I remembered why (I think) they haven’t lasted that long. I know there are Tangle lovers out there, but my main issue is that most of the yarn it aw-ful-ly expensive. For instatce, there normal price for a skein of Cascade 220 was $9. At other stores, I have seen it for $7 or maybe $7.50. The Yarn I bought (550 yards, BTW) is 550 yards, and was origanally $46.75. Everything was 30% off, so I paid $32.73 (kind of a lot when I think about it). I have visited quite a few yarnshops, most in Portland, but one in John Day, OR, another in Ashland, another in Eugene, and some others in Seattle WA and Austin TX. (My fave shop off all time is Hill Country Weaver in Austin, and second to that is Soft Horizons Fibre in Eugen, just blocks from the college I’ll be going to next year 😉 ).
So, what’s important to me in a yarn shop? In no paricular order..
~Service – I was in Tangle for more than half an hour before anyone said anything to me. In Hill Country Weaver, I got asked multiple time if I was finding everything I was looking for, which is GOOD, because I don’t feel like an invisible teenager that way.
~Selection – yeah, and that’s another bone I have to pick with Tangle. They didn’t have that great of a selection, and that’s really important to me. (Although they had a lot of Rowan yarns, but they didn’t have Rowan Denim).
~Price – Needs to have reasonable prices…and I’ve seen some expensive yarns (handspun, silk/cashmere blends). I’m on a budget, and I want reasonable prices for nice yarns. Y’know, I can get cheaper yarn at Micheals, but I like to support independent businesses.
I’m gonna go knit on Clapotis some more.