Grey Seas

Once again I set Sweetie towards the ocean and watch in stoic silence as the boat bears her over the horizon towards a grey and unforgiving sea. Well, actually I am putting her in a van so she can drive up to Block Island for a week of Racing and Rum while I stay at home, knit and keep my job. All is well and I wish her luck. I am again struck by the funny reversal of roles, someday I will have a nice nautical sweater for her; knit while she is asea.

My vest is coming along nicely, just about half way done with the back hoping to have it, the back that is, finished by the end of the weekend. But we shall see; the above paragraph makes reference to my guru being in BIRI. Maybe I will go to a LYS (gasp) and get some help.

Question: How strict have you all found stores to be on the "If you did not buy the yarn here we cannot help you" policy? I have never asked for help in a store, nor has any been thrust upon me but I am curious as to how helpful they may be to a project they did not supply.

Have a good weekend Y'all

Knitting (sweetie-less) in the Bronx


RCC's picture

I have always found LYS personnel extremely helpful with no mention of "Where did you get this yarn"! Have yet to find proprieters or sales folks without the knowledge or assistance I needed, whether for yarn or knitting challenges. Most helpful is attendance at regularly scheduled "knit nights" and group problem solving!


Hi BronxKnit - I like your posts. Please keep em coming.
I have had a couple of annoying reactions from LYS in the east bay here in northern cali when I asked for help on projects that used yarn I had not purchased onsite. The owner of one store really scolded me for asking for help. Another shop has a policy that you have to buy one-on-one tutorial time to get their help. I think that can be a good idea and is one way to help local shops stay in business. I just wish that shop was not so snooty - I took my first sweater in for some help (how to add a simple cable to join a raglan sweater at the shoulder seams). The shop owner couldn't stop smiling/gigling as she talked with me. I assume it had something to do with the fact that I needed help with such a simple detail. Or because I was a guy or because my lisp is too pronounced :) Not sure why but, I found it very annoying.
There is another small shop near my home in Martinez that has a monday night knitting group I keep meaning to try. The shop owner invited me to attend. She told me most of the attendees are in their 60's and 70's and most have knit for decades. I think that could be a fun group. I need to sew a zipper into a vest I just finished so, I might try to get some assistance from that group.

good luck with your vest.

Bill's picture

if you can get down to San Francisco for our Monday Night Knit...I can help you with the zipper... I've done lots of them...

stch's picture

Hi BronxKnit,

A couple of the LYS's here have what they call a "knit clinic" every Sunday afternoon. For a small fee anyone can come into the shoppe and recieve help with any knitting or crochet problems...purchases from the shoppes isn't a requirement in order to access the clinic. Perhaps a LYS in your area may offer the same or similar program.


My favorite LYS includes a coffee bar, which makes it easy to hang around and ask for a little advice or help. Although they have some wonderful yarn available, I mostly can't afford it and rarely buy from them. However, they don't seem to mind a few questions if I purchase needles or a coffee.