Over the past three or four years, there have been at least three yarn stores that have closed up shop here in Portland. The most recent one being, KnitPurl, which is the biggest one I knew of in the city. My favorite yarn store closed about a year ago.
I hate seeing yarn stores close, as I love being able to go yarn shopping in person, where I can physically see and touch the yarn.
When I had heard that KnitPurl was closing, while I had never shopped there, I was disheartened. It is the largest yarn store I knew of in the city, and when stores like that close, it’s never a good sign for the knitting and crochet industry in a city. While there are other craft store that sell yarn (like Joann’s and Michael’s), they don’t carry the same quality (or local brands) that these other yarn stores do.