I buy the overwhelming majority of my yarn at my local LYS (and I do spend a lot-I don’t bother to add it up) but I do occasionally buy online.
Here’s my problem: when I buy hanks online, I don’t feel comfortable asking for my LYS to wind them for me. I have a winder but I swear, I have a ball-winding curse. I’m more than willing to pay, but I still hate to bring in ‘foreign’ yarn!
I almost feel like just buying balls online and skipping hanks so I don’t have to deal with this.
The only other solution I can think of is to offer up some really pricey yarn to the Yarn Goddesses and maybe they would life the swift curse.