Your LYS Loves Crochet!By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 2 Comments
What’s not to love, right? I bet a few of you are wondering if you even have an LYS and what it might be. Well, an LYS is a Local Yarn Store. An LYS can also be a crocheter’s best friend.
In my last post, I talked a bit about my impromptu yarn crawl. Well, it was tons of fun, and that is partly because I was able to really get to know some local yarn stores. Isn’t it great that we have so many sources for yarn? As yarn crafters we are so lucky! We can shop everywhere from big box stores, to specialty stores, to yard sales and even at Goodwill! If you look long enough, you’re going to find yarn! But shopping at an LYS is really special for crocheters and I am going to give you three reasons why.
1. You’re a crocheter. You’re a star. If you’re in the United States, your LYS is likely knitting focused, but that doesn’t mean that the shop owners don’t want to serve you. I think this knitting-focused LYS phenomenon came about because of the “mainstream” popularity of knitting in the U.S. Interestingly, the opposite is true in Latin America. Crochet is quite a bit more dominant in Mexico, for example. I am aware that crocheters have sometimes felt out of place at some LYSes due to the knitting focus, however through education and persistence, shop owners have come to realize this. I make the assumption that they want to serve us, and they do! Personally, I have never once encountered a shop owner or worker who looked down upon crochet. In fact, with crochet’s rising mainstream popularity, you can use “the crochet hook” (get it?) to become the local crochet rock star. Your enthusiasm will be contagious!
2. THE YARN!!!! Let’s face it. It just stands to reason that a store that is entirely focused upon essentially one thing will work to create a great selection and possibly even offer unique products. All I can tell you is that my LYS visits were AMAZING! I was able to look at and touch different yarns I’d previously only seen online live and in person! The availability of colorways was incredible and the project ideas were just flowing and flowing. If you use your local yarn store as a source, you can take the time to really choose that perfect yarn for the project. And plus, it’s usually comfy in there. So spend the whole day!
3. Community & Learning. It’s likely that your LYS has a comfortable area created so that people can actually crochet in the store. Take advantage of that and stop in for a crafting night. Even if they call it a “knit night” bring your crochet and share your love of it with the people you meet. In my experience, yarn crafters are really laid back and very helpful. An LYS is a great place to share ideas and pick up tips.
I am very interested to hear everybody’s experiences with LYSes not only in the United States, but also all over the world. Is your LYS knitting-focused, crochet-focused, or both? Have you ever crocheted at an LYS? Do you think you can find a better selection at your LYS? And what about the prices you encounter at the LYS? Are at least some of the yarns affordable? Do you feel like your LYS loves crochet? Please leave any thoughts and points of view in the comments below. This is an open conversation, so feel free!