Where have all the good yarns gone?
If you're familiar with my patterns or my finished work, you'll know that I user Designer Sport A LOT. I chose it because it has a great color palette and it was one of the few sport weight yarns available in craft stores. But, sometime during the summer, even the craft stores with the biggest yarn selections had a clearance on Designer Sport and I haven't seen a single skein since.
Jo-Ann's, Pat Catan's, and I'm even going to try to hit the loathsome Michael's today.
At least with Red Heart Soft, I can substitute Caron Simply Soft, but after checking for a comparable color (I need a bright red), none of the stores can help me. I mean come on, people! Christmas is right around the corner and you don't carry bright red yarn?! What gives?!
I'm beginning to resign myself to ordering online. I started a cart at Herschners, but get this... two skeins of Red Heart Soft, plus tax, plus shipping = $13.48 -- For those of you who are a little slow on the math side (like me), that's $6.50 for one ball of Red Heart Soft!
I'm not sure what' I'm going to do here. I don't want to sacrifice the quality of my finished work and I don't want to raise prices. But if my yarn cost continues to increase like this, I'm going to have to give somewhere.
What are the rest of you doing? Has anyone found a good craft store or brand that offers a good quality, diverse palette, and different weights of yarn for a reasonable price? I'd love to hear your ideas!