I will now destroy this book.

YugiDean's picture

I love my 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders book, and the projects in it seem like they'd be way fun. But...WTF do I have to do to find a website or LYS that carries MORE THAN ONE of the yarns mentioned in the book. It's abundantly clear that moving to a different brand than is suggested in the patterns will almost always result in my need to purchase more than one skein, and I'd rather use the yarns suggested in the patterns, but regardless of website or LYS I choose, I can't find more than one of the yarns listed (referring only to patterns I want to knit, of course). This is ridiculous. Isn't there some site or store that carries, like...EVERYTHING? ARGH!



crmartin's picture

That is one thing I like

That is one thing I like about Ravelry, you can find a project/pattern and look at the various yarns that were used. I used it to find a suitable yarn for the Cobblestone since the Skye has been discontinued.


WEBS carries a huge

WEBS carries a huge selection of all kinds of yarns and are very, very good to deal with. I am lucky enough to be an hours drive away, but have also done phone and online orders and they are great. It would be a wonderful place to have a "New England" MWK meeting/weekend. Anyone up for that sort of thing?

V's picture

I find myself substituting

I find myself substituting yarn all the time. Even with so many local yarn shops here in New York, I work with what I've got and that book is so great for your stash cause it's divided by the weight of yarn you can use. I know how you feel about using the exact yarn called for. I always thought that if I didn't do that, it would not come out right. If you must use that particular yarn, then you must do what others have suggested and order it on-line or get your local LYS to order it for you. The book is great, so don't let exact-yarn thing stop you from enjoying making some of those fun patterns. I've made three hats from that book so far and the yarns I used for them were all substitutes with pretty good results.

scenter's picture

Joshua : Relax! No need to

Joshua :

Relax! No need to burn the book! Just tweek your outlook slightly.

Pattern books are for ideas and inspiration, not to slavishly follow, so, when you have found a pattern you like, look at the yardage/weight and the guage required by the pattern and find a similar weight, fiber, and yardage skein in yarn that is available to you, in the colorway of your choice, and have at it. Just look at it as I'm knitting with 'Pepsi' insteads of 'Coke', because this 'restaurant' doesn't serve Coke. My LYS helps making substitutions all the time, and they are usually pretty good about finding something that knits and feels similar to what the pattern called for.

Now, if you can't do that tweek, and thus absolutely, positively, have to have that yarn that the pattern calls for, then a yarn hunt is required. Call and chat with the folks at various yarn shops near you. If they don't stock it, many can order it, usually at no extra charge. Online, I have had good luck ordering yarn and supplies from yarnmarket.com - the orders usually ship the day after I order them and arrive in about 3 days.

YugiDean's picture

LOL...I've put the matches

LOL...I've put the matches down...

but my two LYSs only seem to have yarn that I like that is just enough yardage that I would need to buy two skeins and end up having most of one of them left over after the project's completion. Boooo! LOL Oh well. I'll figure something out.

BuduR's picture

oh I HATE that! Not enough

oh I HATE that! Not enough that it stops me mind you, but OH I HATE THAT! now I have a bunch of yarns that I wanna get rid of but not real sure what to do with. Lately I've been using the cheaper ones to do practice stuff.
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Anthropophagus's picture

Romney Wools in Toronto has

Romney Wools in Toronto has a fab selection if you're in the neighborhood.

As for online shopping, one-up designers and order from Habu Yarns. Yowza! It's a Japanese yarn company, but they have an American headquarters in NYC. They do accept personal orders at reasonable quantities. They have super cool yarns. In addition to having a wide variety of fine natural fibres - multiple kinds of silks, wools, cottons, paper, bamboo, and other more ecclectic selections - they also carry unusual blends. Silk and steel anyone?

YugiDean's picture

Those are so cool. I see in

Those are so cool. I see in some of those that it says you can or cannot use it as warp or keep it to weft. What do those terms mean, do you know?

crmartin's picture

Those are weaving

Those are weaving terms.


YugiDean's picture

Which would definitely

Which would definitely explain why I didn't recognize them. :-) Thanx!

albert's picture

Would you have to rustpproof

Would you have to rustpproof your sweaters?

BuduR's picture

well, speaking from

well, speaking from experience. Most of the fine yarn companies have an extremely high minimum order. even the smaller ones will have an opening order of between 500 and 1k. This makes it nearly impossible to get in with every company. most LYS just don't have the business unfortunately,. They are fighting not only against cheaper yarns like red heart and lion brand, but against walmart and joann's. Support your local yarn shops.

As for finding yarn that a pattern calls for, I have found more often than not when I do that, the damn yarn has been discontinued :(
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Cosmo's picture

I know what you mean. TWO of

I know what you mean.

TWO of the best yarn stores in the world closed down within a year here. Now all that's left is a small overpriced shop and a generic craft store with angry old women in both! I can't even move around the stores without them following me around making sure I don't steal anything. I hate age and sexism.

Anyway, I have a hard time finding what I want in town so I've been doing most of my shopping online if I want anything specific. And of course thrift store shopping when I don't have anything in mind. But that's one of the main reasons I don't often follow patterns but take from them the bits I like and hope something good comes out of it (if I do my calculations right).

ManMadeKnits's picture

Yes. It's called Wool and

Yes. It's called Wool and Company. And it's where I live. Again, I will extend the invite to live with a really rock-awesome roommate.

Note: It is not guaranteed and only POSSIBLE that this store may have everything. It is large, with lots of shelves and to feel like one is having an acid trip one need only enter the store to be assaulted by a plethora of colors and fibers. Ask Bill Dineen, the long haired redhead, or Paul, PaxKnitter. They can give testimony.