I know that looks like a regular skein of yarn. It's luscious, yes, and luxurious (Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca Silk yarn, if your wondering). But that's not what this post is about.
I have a new LYS!
We recently moved from a metropolitan area with at least three yarn stores (that I knew of) to a small town with none. There had been a yarn store here, but it closed just before we moved in. I can't tell you the despair and confusion of setting out to find a yarn store that you knew was there, and finding a bike store instead.
And I thought I could get by with only ordering yarn online, but have found myself quite disappointed - with slow shipping, expensive shipping costs, disappointing differences in color between my monitor and the yarn in real life, and even (gasp!) bad customer service.
With the closest yarn store hours away, I found myself missing the ability to just pop down to the yarn store for a quick chat or a cup of tea or a touch-and-feel (and buy) of the latest, greatest yarn.
I'm thrilled that I can do these simple things again - you never really miss them until they're gone. So, knitters, if you have a local yarn store, be sure to support them!