UK yarn vs US yarn? Must have buys help please

Hi all, I live in the UK but about to take a trip to USA and I was wondering what yarns should I be buying when on my holiday, something not available in the UK maybe? Planning to go with empty suitcase :wink:

Thank you :blush:

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Oh boy. There’s a lit if different big box store ones.
Def have a look at Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Michaels.

As for cotton and Acrylic, I really like the ‘I live this yarn / cotton’ brand at Hobby Lobby.

There’s also a lot of little yarn shops around with yarns from Indie dyers.
Maybe post the area you are going to and someone can hook you up with some local gems!

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If you can get to a Hobby Lobby store, I am a fan of their yarn, especially the YarnBee Secret Soft. I also like Caron Simply Soft yarn, which can be found at JoAnn Fabrics &,Micheals, These are both soft acryllic yarns weight 4. They have a lovely sheen and are pleasant to the touch if you are making a garment or afghan. It is a soft flowy yarn, not stiff, not scratchy. Enjoy your trip, I hope you go back with a suitcase full of lovely yarn.

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I don’t have great answers, but can add to the above mentioned big box stores…
Store specific…
Hobby Lobby: I Love This line, Crafter’s Secret line, and Yarn Bee line
Michaels: Loops and Threads line and Craft Value line
Joann: Big Twist

A couple that can be found at multiple stores include Lion Brand, Caron, and Premier

The only line I’ve listed that I have not used at all so far is Big Twist… But the rest I would recommend/use again… My favorite fingering weight (1) is Loops and Threads Woolike; my favorite dk weight (3) is Loops and Threads Joy DK or holding 2 strands of Woolike (loved yarn bee 44th Street, but just found out it’s discontinued​:sob:); my favorite worsted weight (4) is I Love This Yarn/Cotton, followed by Craft Value Economy…

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@OBabyNMore I would definitely recommend Big Twist! Their worsted acrylic yarn is a little softer than RHSS, so I love that! The blanket yarn, called “cuddle yarn” is nice to work with! Super soft, polyester. And the cotton! Don’t get me started, I love it! It’s a little softer than your typical cotton yarn, probably because it has a little bit of polyester added to it. :heart:

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@NoKittenAroundStudio Good to know… I honestly go to Michaels more often so I just haven’t had a chance or need to try it… I’m sure I will eventually… I REALLY love Woolike, so I tend to grab Craft Value for worsted while I’m grabbing the Woolike haha

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I honestly don’t like Michaels, for no other reason than that of them not advertising yarn in their flyer. :sweat_smile:
I have to try Woolike sometime! Once I make myself go to Michaels :wink:

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So I’m severely allergic to wool (I made something with only 3%, didn’t know it had any, and my hands got so swollen and itchy)… So Woolike is an amazing option for fingering weight (acrylic/nylon) blend… My only complaint is there is not as large of a color selection as I’d like (13 total, 3 of which are “white”) and I just realized that there are several discontinued colors :flushed: (I’m happy about the fact that some of the gazillion pinks have been discontinued, but not glad about some of the others)… Man today is just a day for disappointments on discontinued yarn :sob:

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can you wear other natural fibers like alpaca and angora (rabbit and goat)?

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I’ve tried alpaca and it’s fine, haven’t tried the others yet, but want to

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some people have problems with rabbit so try it gingerly, i’m not sure how allergic prone goat is, but both of those fibers are super soft!

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Good to know, thanks

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If you’re into chunky yarn definitely go to Joann’s or Michaels when they have Bernat Blanket or Bernat Velvet on sale, Big Twist Cuddles is another good one. I hear the cost of it in Europe is astronomical.
Stay away from Lion Brand Velux and Michaels Snuggles- sheds like crazy and too expensive.
That’s my two cents!!

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Yes! I was definitely going to recommend michaels or Joann’s for bernat. I love all their blanket and velvet yarns. Landscapes by lion brand can also be very pretty and fun

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I’m not sure what states you are going to visit but Webs Yarns has so much yarn! Here is there address: 75 Service Center Rd, Northampton, MA 01060, United States. you can look them up on the internet to see if it’s anything you are interested in.

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Thank you all so much! I’m going to Chicago and Las Vegas and now I can start Googling yarn shops and their locations :kissing_heart:

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Another idea is to buy from a online website and have them mail it to address in USA and then take it home!

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What did you end up doing @Lunatheladybird ?

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uarn in the uk is so overpriced!

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We didn’t find any local yarn shops, because we didn’t hire a car, and there was nothing in walking distance, I just have to be a big girl and get over my disappointment, had a great holiday tho :blush:

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