Borealis Yarns

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Welcome to Borealis Yarns in St. Paul, Minnesota. We are an independently-owned store, in business since 2004. We carry a wide range of yarns, including Noro, Schaefer, Debbie Bliss, Cascade, Elsebeth Lavold, Louisa Harding, Cherry Tree Hill, Plymouth, Jamieson, Lucy Neatby, and many, many more. We also have many novelty yarns and an amazing wall of of self-striping, hand painted, and solid-color sock yarns.

J&S Coffee is next door, and can be accessed through an interior door. There is free wifi (that covers Borealis Yarns and the outside tables), a child play area, boardgames, and a large bookcase full of Bookcrossing books. In addition to drinks there is also soup and sandwiches, and tamales on the weekend.

Borealis Yarns has a staff pick of the day (10% off) and a large sale area in the back room. There is a knit night Tuesday from 6-8pm, and community knitting on Sunday from noon-2pm. Also, there is a free knitting clinic on the first Wednesday of each month - a Borealis original pattern that teaches a new knitting skill.

Small amount of spinning supplies and occasional drop spindles avalible.

Punch card plan is avalible with $20.00 value after $200.00 is spent.

Hours

Mon:
10:00AM - 08:00PM
Tue:
10:00AM - 08:00AM
Wed - Thu:
10:00AM - 08:00PM
Fri:
10:00AM - 06:00PM
Sat:
10:00AM - 05:00PM
Sun:
12:00PM - 05:00PM

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by kellysunshinerain on Wednesday, Oct 17 2007 at 02:17PM UTC

Very cool shop in St. Paul. Convienetly located next to a cafe (with a connecting door) and two areas to sit and knit. Recommend checking this one out for sure!

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by Anonymous on Wednesday, Dec 19 2007 at 06:50AM UTC

No matter what stage of expertise one is in at the moment regarding knitting, this is a shop that will welcome you. It can be intimidating to even ENTER a knit shop when you are just starting out. You will not feel this way at Borealis. Those people are wonderful. They make time for questions and they help without being condescending. You really believe that they are glad to see you and want you to just sit down and knit. Great shop and not to be overlooked!!!!!!

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by Anonymous on Saturday, Aug 16 2008 at 12:31AM UTC

Borealis Yarns is my favorite knit shop in the area. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Their yarn selection is wonderful as well as their patterns.
I've taken two classes there and have learned more than I thought I would in each one.
Check out Borealis Yarns if you're looking for a new knitting shop!

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by Anonymous on Thursday, Aug 28 2008 at 01:49PM UTC

I think that the yarn selection, especially the sock yarn, is amazing at this shop and the location is great (wonderful coffee shop next door). However, two out of three times I've been here I've gotten a bit of a stink eye as if it was a difficult task to ring my order up. I also got asked if I really needed more than one skein of the yarn I bought wound (all were hanks) after I had already said that I do not own a ball winder and swift.

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by Anonymous on Friday, Dec 05 2008 at 01:52PM UTC

I really like the selection at the store, but the service is crappy 75% of the time. The clerks are more interested in socializing with each other than helping customers. IF the owenr is there you get decent service, but at night when the owner isn't there (and the only time I can get there) the service is hit and miss.

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by happytoes10 on Tuesday, Feb 03 2009 at 03:26PM UTC

Wonderful shop! They have a large selection of yarns, and helpful people working. The classes are small but fun, and very educational. They even have a very small section of roving for spinning and occasionally a drop spindle or two. Just make sure to look at the whole shop or you will miss the large back room just full of beautiful yarns!

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by Anonymous on Saturday, Feb 14 2009 at 06:14PM UTC

I am very pleased with this shop, it is one of the few I've patronized where the staff are both young and diverse. An amazing array of sock yarns, a very nice sale area and the staff are knowledgeable and helpful. Abby is especially concerned that she is bringing both good quality and prices for all of customers. They just opened a downtown St Paul shop in the Ecolab Plaza, 1st floor for downtown knitters!

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by Anonymous on Friday, Feb 20 2009 at 07:51PM UTC

Borealis is a wonderful neighborhood place with a coffee shop next door. The staff is great. Especially Katie. It is the shop I most often buy at and get help at.

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by fairysprite on Sunday, May 03 2009 at 10:25AM UTC

I stumbled upon Borealis on a rare trip down from Duluth. The selection is excellent, the service was very good, very knowledgeable. I found the knit and crochet sample items extremely tempting. My daughter and I seemed to be attracted to each one, wanting to make each one for ourselves. They are a good selling point! Of course, I went out with more than what I had planned and I will be back!

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by Aussie Rosemary on Sunday, May 24 2009 at 01:02AM UTC

I am currently reading Knitting the Threads of Time and am delighted to see there really is a Borealis shop. It will make the book even more enjoyable. I live in Melbourne Australia. Anything to do with knitting gets me going.

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by scss82 on Wednesday, Feb 16 2011 at 08:25PM UTC

This is my favorite yarn shop. Everyone I have met there (the staff and other customers) have been incredible. The staff is very knowledgeable, very friendly and always willing to help with any questions. I have never been disappointed with this store. This is by far my first choice in yarn shops.

As a great bonus it is connected to a J&S coffee shop which serves several certified organic and fair-trade coffees, is involved with Minnesota Farmer's Union as well as providing fundraising opportunities for local schools, clubs, and church groups.

It’s a wonderful pairing.

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by Kathy Thompson on Tuesday, May 29 2012 at 03:14AM UTC

Borealis is a fantastic yarn store with a huge selection of yarns and very knowledgable and helpful staff. This is a "must see" store, if you love to knit.

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by kimb on Thursday, May 31 2012 at 03:52PM UTC

Great selection-rude staff. I have been in this store at least a dozen times- I live two blocks from the store and I will not shop there. They followed me around the store like I was going to shoplift and I watched a woman stuff yarn into her baby sling and walk right out. The owner is knowledgable but don't catch her on a bad day (which seems to be more frequent than her good days). Too bad really it would have been nice to contiune to support my LYS.

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