On my way into work this morning I was thinking about what a different experience yarn shopping is today then it was when I first started knitting in college. For one, most fiber stores back in the 80's were geared toward weaving not knitting or crochet. And then, there were the uppity "fiber majors" that ran and owned the shops. OMG, I hated them. The minute you walked in the store they had to make it clear that they just didn't peddle yarn but that they were "artistes" with fiber doctorals from Vassar or something. And it was totally a women's world. I've been snubbed more times then I care to count which was fine because I rarely found anything I wanted.
But now the LYS is a social adventure. I can't go without spending an hour just visiting and hanging out. I'm rarely the only guy there (we aren't even novel anymore) and it's hard to find a yarn I don't want. Sandy, the owner of my favorite store is fast becoming my best friend. All of the LYS's that I've been in have a work area where you are encouraged to hang out and knit. I love the fact that knitting has become so trendy because it provides us with these great knitting communities that we call the LYS.