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LadyHonoriaDedlock Sat 10-Oct-20 14:47:34

It's that time of year again – of this year in particular with its long hours confined to base – when I switch from sewing, for which I need plentiful light, to knitting, which I can do with my eyes shut most of the time.

My question is, though, where is the best place to get knitting materials online? What are your experiences and where have you found the best value and best service? I would always prefer to go for a small independent vendor than a large corporate one.

Ilovecheese Sat 10-Oct-20 14:53:14

I use Love Crafts which used to be called Love Knitting. I don't really know about the value but the choice is very wide and the service has been very good so far. The balls of yarn come in an organza bag, which is handy.

Doodledog Sat 10-Oct-20 14:57:34

I have a whole screen of links to yarn shops in my favourites, as outlets differ depending on what you are looking for, but love Colourmart for cashmere and luxury yarns, although you do need to learn their system of describing weights.

WoolWarehouse is also very good for more mainstream yarns, and has regular sales on Drops Yarn, which are reasonably priced at the best of times.

Black Sheep Yarns has an excellent Clearance section, which I always check first when I'm not sure what I'm looking for. That is a family business, I think.

It's also worth checking on Ravelry on the UK Classified forum to see what fellow Ravellers are selling from their own stashes.

Callistemon Sat 10-Oct-20 15:43:48

Deramores is good, I agree that Black Sheep wools is good too.
Shirley's Wools is another good firm.

I do try to support our local yarn shop, we don't have many shops here and I wouldn't like to see another business go.

There are other sites which specialise in luxury or local yarns or alpaca yarns.

MiniMoon Sat 10-Oct-20 16:13:49

Woolwarehouse.co.uk is good. They have a huge range of yarn, plus needles and crochet hooks.
If I'm just after yarn, I look at what is on offer on eBay. I've had some really good bargains there.

ginny Sat 10-Oct-20 16:30:23

Wool Warehouse for me.

Doodledog Sat 10-Oct-20 16:31:45

Ooh, I hadn't heard of Shirley's Wools - I'm off to browse, thanks. You can never have too many yarn shops to look at.

Hithere Sat 10-Oct-20 17:03:50

Hobbii.com

Wheniwasyourage Sat 10-Oct-20 17:56:23

I've used www.mcadirect.com, which is fairly small and based in Edinburgh, and also Love Crafts, both reliable and prompt in my experience.

Westcoaster Sat 10-Oct-20 19:10:39

I mostly use Wool Warehouse. They have a great choice of wools and delivery is within a couple of days usually. I love the Drops range. Pure, or almost pure wools and some (the ones I buy) machine washable.

LadyHonoriaDedlock Sat 10-Oct-20 23:09:08

Thank you everybody who has commented.

I've ordered some stuff from Black Sheep so we'll see how that goes, and I now have a list of good places to go.

One day when I have some money to burn I shall go down to the shop at New Lanark Mills (if you have never been to New Lanark, do, it's a very special place!). That is a woolly paradise!

Callistemon Sat 10-Oct-20 23:12:14

Wheniwasyourage

I've used www.mcadirect.com, which is fairly small and based in Edinburgh, and also Love Crafts, both reliable and prompt in my experience.

Yes, I used mcadirect ages ago and had forgotten about them.

I daren't buy any more. 🧶

Witzend Sun 11-Oct-20 13:19:03

I use Lovecrafts a lot, but given the sort of things I’m generally making it’s usually cheap and cheerful I’m looking for.
The only wool shop anywhere near here is the John Lewis haberdashery department, but that’s more for quality yarns - they do have some lovely ones. I’d look there if I was making e.g. a jumper.

Wheniwasyourage Tue 13-Oct-20 14:16:49

Callistemon, I don't think I dare buy any more either. I've nearly come to the end of my current jumper and am torn between buying more wool to enjoy myself keep the economy going or to make some woolly hats for refugees/Christmas shoe boxes/the homeless so as to use up some of the piles of wool I already have.