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Let’s go yarn shopping! (Part One)

There are lots of options when it comes to yarn purchases and it can be intimidating for a new knitter to navigate. In this series we are going to explore the different options for buying yarn, from craft box stores, local yarn shops, and online retailers.

In part one of this series, let’s look at everyone’s favourite arts and crafts superstore, Michaels.

Michaels is a great resource for a new knitter. The stores are everywhere, with new locations opening up regularly (we just got one in Ajax!) They have lots of selection and affordable prices. They also regularly have great yarn sales and each week there is usually a coupon online, on the app or sent directly to your email inbox. The coupons are usually 40% or 50% off one regular priced item, which is great to use for those more expensive skeins or to grab a new pair of knitting needles!

The main downside of Michaels, is that most of there yarn is acrylic, which some knitters are not a fan of. I personally don’t mind 100% acrylic yarn or blends, as long as it is soft and not scratchy. I think acrylic yarn is also great for beginners who don’t want to spend a fortune on something they are just learning. Michaels has most of the big yarn brands such as Bernat, Loops and Thread, Caron, and Lion Brand but they don’t carry as many specialty and independent yarn producers. Another issue I have run into at Michaels is, although they have a wide selection, sometimes it is hard to get skeins of the same colour lot when working on a larger project. One tip is to ask someone who works there to see if they have more of the same colour stored elsewhere; they may be able to help you track down the colour lot you’re looking for.

Michaels is really the only big box store in Canada that has a wide yarn selection. In the US, they have similar retailers such as Joann and Hobby Lobby. I haven’t been to either but from what I can see online, they seem to have a great selection. If you’re south of the border, I would definitely recommend checking out their yarn.

Do you have a favourite place to shop for yarn? Let us know in the comments!

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