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#728083 - 11/29/11 09:45 AM Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS
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LYS=Local yarn shop, in my community we have 5, our county is only 200,000 people strong, each shop is a bit different, but it is fabulous having a choice!
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#728095 - 11/29/11 11:03 AM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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In Montreal, there are a very few LYS who stayed through the lean years; they have recently (in the last five years or so) been joined by at least a half-dozen newer ones. Nicest of all is that the newer ones seem to be run by accomplished needle-workers who don't mind if the shopper wants high or low end products. Yes, it is fabulous to have a choice of yarn shops.

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#728102 - 11/29/11 11:35 AM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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I agree, the yarn shops are much more customer service oriented than the previous ones. Classes, sit and knits, KAL, field trips. Almost like the ones in the novels!
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#728376 - 12/01/11 06:58 AM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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We only have one yarn shop in our city, which has a population of over 350,000! This yarn shop has a bad reputation as well because many don't like the owner.

We do live in a large area of north TX so there are other yarn shops if I want to travel quite a ways.

I'd love to see yarn shops do better financially so we don't lose them.
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#742458 - 01/23/12 09:11 PM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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Wow only one, I don't believe there are a lack of knitters in Texas!

...hummm maybe you could start one......
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#773810 - 07/18/12 11:24 AM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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I have noticed something similar - for years, the LYS was on a back rural road in the owners home. She has since moved into town. Two other stores began carrying yarn, one a scrapbooking store and the other a quilting store. all of these stores offer classes and encourage folks to come and hang out with their knitting.
The scrapbooking one eventually closed up. The quilting store one looks like it is doing well. And the one that moved into town is also next to a coffee shop - you can bring your coffee in to the yarn store while you sit and knit on comfy couches. My community overall is maybe 100K people, so this is wonderful!
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#796136 - 12/14/12 09:38 AM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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Registered: 02/23/07
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Loc: Idaho, US
We have a fabulous LYS shop in our little town of 25,000. The name is Yarn Underground, their first store was in a tiny basement space. Last summer they moved to a "real" store and they have just the best selection. They do carry local yarn which supports local yarn artisans.
They commissioned me to design gift tags for them. I also carry them in my shop online. Wonderful, funny little tags to attached to your hand knitted garment.

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#796248 - 12/15/12 11:06 PM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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That is nice that your town has a nice store, and one that supports local artisans. Is the local yarn locally dyed, or locally grown and spun as well?
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#796519 - 12/17/12 02:07 PM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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Registered: 02/23/07
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Loc: Idaho, US
Yes, they carry a large selection of locally grown yarn, locally spun, dyed, etc. I am hoping to place my yarn there as soon as it comes from the mill. Got my first batch of fleeces on the way to be spun. I am keeping some for hand spinning when time allows:)

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#801082 - 01/16/13 02:40 PM Re: Has anyone else notice the resurgence of the LYS [Re: MargeKnits]
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I really enjoy the location of the LYS here. One is right by a good coffeeshop and nice consignment store. I can have my yummy mochas and take them in to the knitting shop while I sit there and knit. Just take my mug back when I am done.
I am curious about other LYS - how many of your local stores have unique items specific to the region you live?
Here in Fairbanks, qiviuq yarn and antler needles and hooks are carried. Knit purl piece shares how her locally grown yarn is carried at her store. What other specific local items are carried at your store?
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