New Feature

My apologies for being late with the contest prizes. I haven’t forgotten, but real-life has a way of messing up best-laid plans. Prize photos and winners will appear here on Saturday, I promise!

When I was working with Matt on the development of this site, one of the issues that I struggled with was whether or not to include chain stores (i.e. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or department stores that just happen to carry some yarn too). I went back and forth, and ultimately decided to leave it up to you the users.

So, we launched and asked for your comments, questions, and participation. Your response has been fabulous! We’ve had such positive feedback, and really good suggestions to improve the site. I also received some comments and questions on both sides of the chain-store debate. After some more work with Matt, here is the solution we’re proposing. I’d love to hear what you think.

We have added a “Chain/Department Store” feature button to the store detail pages. This will allow users to know right away what kind of store to expect. Everyone will still have the option to leave comments, make notes, and rate the store just like all of the other entries. We have also added the option to exclude stores with this feature on the front page, should you prefer to just search for the locally owned stores in your area.

My personal philosophy is to spend my hard-earned dollars locally whenever possible. Perhaps you’ve noticed that the raffle prizes and upcoming contest prizes are all from local vendors and my Portland-owned and operated LYS? I did that on purpose! Besides, we have such a wealth of crafty-resourcefulness here in Portland, I couldn’t resist sharing that with everyone. However, I also recognize that not everyone is as fortunate as I am to have as many yarn stores in their vicinity as I do. Unfortunately, sometimes your best (or only) option really is a chain store. Hopefully, KnitMap can help you find other stores near you that you didn’t know existed, but we also want to help you find ALL of your options.

So, what do you think? Is this a good compromise?

Comments

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by gnatchat on Thursday, Oct 04 2007 at 12:34PM PDT

Yes, very well done!!

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by twistedtexan on Thursday, Oct 04 2007 at 05:05PM PDT

I think that's a good idea. You're right -- not everyone has access to independently owned yarn shops and have to rely on chain stores for their yarn. Until about a year ago I was one of those people!! :)

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by FirstThingsFirst on Thursday, Oct 04 2007 at 07:51PM PDT

That's a terrific solution! Well done!

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by Anonymous on Friday, Oct 05 2007 at 08:29PM PDT

Good compromise. In many places the chain stores are a better option than some of the LYS (sad but true). People should be able to find them if they want to.

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by sherry71 on Friday, Oct 05 2007 at 10:33PM PDT

I think it is a great idea!

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by pandop on Wednesday, Oct 10 2007 at 12:29AM PDT

This is a great idea, as in some places chain stores are the only yarn stores (I am thinking of my home town to start with)

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