Has this ever happened to you? You find an amazing pattern to knit or crochet and then you cannot find the yarn? This happens to me quite often. My local sources for yarn here in rural Arkansas consist of Walmart, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn Fabrics and a great specialty yarn store Mockingbird Moon. When an uncommon yarn is called for in a pattern, sometimes it takes me a while to find it online. Yarnmarket has solved this problem for me. I first gave it a try when looking for Love yarn by Vickie Howell. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.
Yarnmarket.com has a search feature called yarn finder. You can search by any brand, yarn weight, fiber content, texture, color family, color number, color name or yarn name. To find the Love yarn I was looking for, I chose the Yarn Name option. Three choices came up, including the yarns from Vickie Howell. To make the find sweeter, the yarns were on sale.
I use the yarn finder to locate yarns by color number when I have just a few skeins of a particular yarn but need more. One of my habits is buying several skeins of yarn on clearance but then I cannot find more of that yarn to make a project. The yarn finder option has yet to let me down. So far, I have been able to locate every yarn I went looking for—even hard-to-find, 100 percent organic cotton, grown in different shades of browns and creams.
Yarnmarket is a website that everyone who knits or crochets should have bookmarked. Even if you have local access to great yarn shops, there will come a time when you are desperately seeking a particular yarn and cannot find it.
Give yarnmarket a try next time you are looking for a hard-to-find yarn. You just may be surprised.
Lynda Altman loves needlecrafts and enjoys sharing her craft with others. You can see her work online at her Etsy shop, The Granny Squared. Lynda can be reached at the contact link above or on Twitter @fusgeyer.