Magasin de Fibre L.B, inc. - La Bobineuse de Laine

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Selection of factory remnants on cones or mixed (on an on-site commercial bobbin winding machine) to your specifications. Cotton, wool, acrylic, and blends.

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Wed - Thu:
11:00AM - 06:00PM
Fri:
11:00AM - 07:00PM
Sat:
11:00AM - 05:00PM
Sun:
12:00PM - 05:00PM

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by Jessica-Jean on Wednesday, Feb 01 2012 at 07:15PM PST

I've "followed" this shop from its first home on boulevard Saint-Laurent to its current location. I first visited in 1973, but I try to stay well away. It seems every time I enter the door, I leave with large quantities of yarn! Some is on cones, most is nicely wound and packaged without cones. You can select which yarns (very thin, single strand) you want to have put together and how many strands thick you want it. Mix-and-match to suit yourself! The machine they use to combine the strands is definitely pre-WWII, possibly pre-WWI, and very noisy when running. The yarn they wind, either to order or that's pre-wound and stacked on the walls, is sold by the kilogram.
The commercially produced yarns are priced per ball/skein/whathaveyou. On the wound yarns, they do have the fibre content marked ... on the crate/box, not on the individual skeins. If you do buy yarn on a cone, they like it if you return the cone when finished. They even take cones from elsewhere, as long as it fits on their winders.
I love this place, but have too much yarn as it is!

N.B. The yarn they wind is NOT plied, so you have to pay attention when knitting/crocheting to avoid splitting. I've never had a problem with any of it.

2014-May-11 Spent part of Mother's Day visiting their new location. Most of the yarn is at $5.50 per 100 grams - wool or acrylic or cotton! There is a part of one bobbin-winding machine on display, but the rest of the operation is elsewhere. It seems that the government has interfered with a ruling that they can't run the winder in the store! As a result, there's not nearly as much yarn on display as there used to be. I don't know if you can still ask to have custom wound balls or not. There being so little to chose among in the store, I doubt it. Too bad! That was the best part of the operation.

No, it's not the dollar-a-pound of the 70s, but at $55/kilo it's still a better price than most of what else is commercially available from your LYS, Michael's, JoAnne's, etc.

Personally, I won't be hurrying back. I actually walked out empty-handed. Unheard of for me! I still have loads of their old yarn (bought for a buck a pound back in the day) to work through. I'll return my empty cones, and I'll accompany anyone who's unfamiliar with it, but it's got no more attraction for me. :(

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by erinknits on Tuesday, Aug 10 2010 at 12:45AM PDT

Probably great for weavers and machine knitters, but not an ideal location for hand knitters. As pointed out, all the yarn (except for a few yarns designed for felting projects) is in cones. While some of the yarns are well marked, it's near impossible to tell the content of others. Also, the fact that most of the cones are in banged up old cardboard boxes doesn't help entice one.

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by leila on Thursday, Jul 15 2010 at 02:36AM PDT

Really small selection. My former knitting teacher recommended I go there, because I can pick how thick I want my yarn.

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by Anonymous on Wednesday, Feb 11 2009 at 08:53AM PST

I found the web site for this store. It would be helpful if you add the following adress: http://labobineuse.com

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