Monday, March 21, 2011
The Rural--Urban split
...Seen through rural eyes, an urban knitter need only open their front door to venture forth into the world of yarn. Rural knitters envision yarn shops on every corner. The reality may be sadly different. With big box stores vying for customers, establishing a small independent yarn shop is not easy.
Urban knitter chant, "Support your local yarn shop."
Rural knitters respond, "We would love to!"
Some rural knitters are fortunate to have wool producers in their backyard, such as Meadowmist Farm on Mayne Island.
For those who don't, purchasing yarn requires a long drive to the nearest city. This shopping trip is squeezed into a long list of tasks. Not for the rural knitter a day devoted to visiting a multitude of yarn shops.
The Internet is the great equalizer. Access to a computer allows both rural and urban knitters to shop until they drop.