Finger weight/sock weight yarn

superi's picture

Hi there,
I live in the midwest and there's only a few stores around where I can find yarn. I'm having trouble finding the lighter weight yarns like DK or sock weight yarn. I've looked at like Hobby lobby, Jo Ann's, Crafts 200 and Walmart and Meijers and can't find any. So I was wondering where do you guys find your yarn. I would like some reasonable priced one's probably acrylic. I just can't see paying 5 dollars on 50 grams of yarn. I just want some i can try out and won't feel bad if I screw it up.

TomH's picture

KnitPicks.com is Great!

KnitPicks.com is Great! ...

I now buy all my yarn at KnitPicks.com (and my needles, too.) Great yarn. Great prices. My advice -- go for wool (or alpacha, or cotton or some other natural fiber). It's much kinder to your hands while knitting and yields a much better knitted item.

Each time I place an order, I order a single skein of one or two or three yarns I haven't used yet. Plus I bought all the color cards of the yarns I might use someday so I can see the colors and get a feel for the yarn.
KnitPicks.com

Right now I'm using their Palette fingering weight yarn and their Memories fingering weight yarn. Palette is $1.99 US for a 50 gram ball and it's 100% wool. I think they are discontinuing the Memories yarn line which makes me very sad. Love the colors -- so I'm starting to hoard it before it's all gone.

KilgoreTrout's picture

I agree with YugiDean. I

I agree with YugiDean. I say buy a couple cheapie skeins to practice with, but savge up for nice yarn for the finished piece. After all that work its a shame to have a large piece of beautifully knitted crappy yarn...

Wonartist66's picture

ebay also great...Buy used

ebay also great...Buy used one for even new one sales for cent!

vettechadam's picture

search the internet find a

search the internet find a yarn that sounds yummy and just buy it. I have the same problem and you know when you buy the yarn if it doesnt fit your project put it a way and one day it will tell you what it wants to be.

ok that sounded weird but -----well it was true

PeterMark's picture

I only buy the yarn the

I only buy the yarn the voices tell me to buy.

Peter

Celowin's picture

I buy almost all of my yarn

I buy almost all of my yarn online. I definitely second the recommendation for KnitPicks.com, and third the recommendation that you buy quality fiber. If you are going to spend hours and hours making something, it only makes sense to start with the highest quality materials.

It says in your profile that you're in Springfield, Ohio. Assuming that is correct, I found one yarn store in that area. I have no personal experience with it, but it is certain to have better stuff than the chain stores you mention.

SPRINGFIELD, OH 45502
YARNSMITH
128 E MAIN ST
937-324-9276

If you're willing to drive a bit, there is a longer list of Ohio yarn stores where I found that store.

YugiDean's picture

For real, though. Bill is

For real, though. Bill is super correct. I knitted with yarns I found at Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann, and only a couple of brands were worth a damn, in my book. If you're a serious knitter, set aside some money so you can buy the better, higher-quality yarns. You will totally kick yourself for "settling" for some of those nasty yarns from Wal*Mart and other giant retailers. Look around to see if there's a local yarn shop in your area. You can usually find a good sale bin in them, and it's almost always yarn that's still high-quality but just not great sellers. You can use some of these as practice skeins, especially since it's highly likely they're odd-ball colors.

Bill's picture

Treat yourself to some

Treat yourself to some decent yarn...you're worth it!
...KnitPicks.com has VERY innexpensive yarns,,,but they're good.

Knitting with nice yarns is much more pleasant and rewarding...