A Public Response

Stacey asked about LC yarn shops, and I have bad news to report. As far as I know, LC has never had a LYS (local yarn store). Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Wal-Mart and any odds and ends you see in fabric shops are it. If traveling to Beaumont or Lafayette, though, I do have some suggestions. Chain-wise, JoAnns and Hancock fabric stores both have a good selection of Lion Brand usually. But for true LYS goodness, give one of these options a try:

  • The Yarn Nook in Lafayette: Their Web site design doesn’t thrill me (but neither does my own LYS’s site), but their selection looks good. I can’t tell quantities from their list, nor how many types of yarn from each brand they carry, but it’s a good basic selection with some nice additions. I’d say it was definitely worth a shot.
  • Strings and Things in Beaumont: They don’t give an example of their stock online, which is disappointing. Based on the excellent list of classes they offer, though, they could probably support a wide variety of patterns if you were stuck and needed help. The yarn in their photos all look decent quality, but I can’t read labels. I’d say this was worth a shot, too.

There are a variety of online shops you can order from, but it’s always nice to support a local business … and to get to touch and feel the yarn and examine the actual colors before purchasing. Some of the larger online vendors I like are Webs, KnitPicks, Blue Moon Fiber Arts. There are myriad indy yarnies out there, too. You can always check out Etsy for handmade fiber.

These LYS listings brought to you by the good people at KnitMap. Be sure to call ahead before planning a trip to a LYS oustide of your city to confirm location and hours!


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Carole
    Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:54:29

    We did have a LYS a couple of years ago for about 18 months. The owner’s husband retired from PPG and they moved to Houston. The gang that met there to knit and chat now meets at Books A Million on Thursday nights at 6:30 and every other Saturday at 1:00. (Which will be this Saturday the 20th of Sept) All are welcome!


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