In addition to being the right thing to do for our local economies, it’s just plain good sense and good fun to see, touch and get a good feel for the things we want to buy.
I’ve got a post in the works about a fantastic local yarn shop, and here’s a peek of what’s inside.
Incidentally, that brown and blue hat hanging there? I bought the pattern for it, and I’m about to light it on fire because I cannot for the life of me get it started.
“Using DPN’s,” it begins innocently enough, “cast on 4 stitches. Place one stitch on each of 4 needles, join to work in the round.”
Sounds easy, right? Ha. Not for this newb. I don’t know what sort of cast-on to do, nor how to keep the 4 stinking needles from falling out of one lonely little stitch.
But the cool thing is, because I bought the pattern, needles and yarn locally, I can go back to the store and ask for help! I am certain the very helpful ladies there, who have been knitting for a.) longer than I’ve been alive, or b.) their entire lives, even if they’re younger than I am, will find this laughably easy and will be able to explain it to me.
What fun is shopping for yarn online? You can’t touch it, fondle it, run it through your fingers… hell, you can’t even know for certain exactly what color it is, due to the vagaries of the camera taking the photo and the color settings on your monitor.
Online might be cheaper sometimes, but that’s not necessarily “better.”