Well it finally happened. I finally ordered yarn from an online retailer. As a person who generally considers online shopping the greatest thing since sunscreen, my reluctance to buy yarn online might seem weird. I was actually forced into the purchase because I did not have enough yarn to finish the bulletproof poncho. So last weekend I ordered the Tahki Baby from Webs for the poncho. Since I was getting that I also ordered some red Valley Yarns Huntington to make my first pair of socks, oh, and some patterns.
A few days later it was exciting to find the package stuffed in the mailbox. It was easy and convenient. But it is not something that will become a habit. First, because I am neither a yarn stasher, nor a fast knitter, my yarn needs are pretty small. Second, I am lucky enough to have access to a number of great brick and mortar yarn shops. These shops need the support of customers to survive and I think that a great part of the joy of knitting is going to yarn stores and finding both the yarn and the inspiration. For yarn that I am familiar with and/or cannot purchase locally, buying online is a great resource. But otherwise, I want to support my LYSs as much as I can.
I specifically did not order the needles I need for the socks. So it is off to an LYS in the near future. Hopefully, one of them will have the needle size I need. Otherwise, I will be tempted to order needles from KnitPicks and that will be opening a whole other dangerous door.