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Fine selection, friendly staff, accessible by local transit. Few other attractions in the area.
Standard selection of established yarn brands in cozy space with friendly, helpful staff. Easily accessible by bus from Ossington stn. or Queen W. streetcars. Not very close to major attractions but interesting not-yet-gentrified neighborhood for random small art galleries, funky retro boutiques.
Massive selection, large but over-full space, often good but sometimes really bad service, easily accessible by local transit, close to local culture/shopping attractions. A Toronto tradition, but not for the faint or orderly of heart. Shoppers may feel the need for a guide or interpreter, and possibly climbing equipment to traverse occasional yarnslides.
Fine natural yarn selection in a cozy space, fun neighborhood, easy to access by local transit and close to many other cultural/shopping attractions. Haven't found the staff snobby; they always greet me and then leave me alone until I ask them for something. Frequented by the Yarn Harlot of knit-blog fame.
Fine selection in a cozy space, easily accessible by local transit and home to a really neat pet bird. Periodic sales and swaps.
Like Lewiscraft, they also carry beads, scrapbooking supplies, cross stitch and other crafty stuff as well as yarns and knitting stuff. Emphasis on major brands and on industrially processed rather than hand-processed yarns. (This is one place where you can get 100% acrylic.) Dead easy to get to via subway and located with a lot of retail shopping as well as near good restaurants. Bland character but good if you're in the area and need supplies.
Lovely place to knit and browse without feeling cramped. Fair selection, sweet treats, comfy chairs, friendly folks. Accessible by buses from Pape or Donlands Stn. or streetcar from Queen Stn. Not so many interesting TO attractions nearby; more a place to sit and relax or use as your LYS.
Similar selection and prices to western stores; cozy space; friendly folks; great neighborhood for hip shopping and wandering about.
Lots of undyed yarns or yarns spun with interesting textures, as well as wooden buttons, natural fabrics, and knitted clothing/accessories. Easily accessible by local transit and close to other cultural/shopping attractions.
You can also check out an old thread of Torontonians discussing this store (both pros and cons) in the GTA Fibrefaces board at ravelry.com
I did get a slightly cool vibe when I visited, but wasn't followed around or anything. My friends and I browsed the fine selection in peace. The older male cashier was perfectly civil, and was fine with my lack of French.
This location will remain open until the existing yarn is sold off. As of this post the selection is still excellent, with yarns in a variety of fibres and weights. Most yarns are also available in large amounts in same dye lots. Wholesale prices. Personalized, accommodating, friendly service in the person of Laura, the seller. Check out the 'Huge Sale' thread in the GTA Fibrefaces board on ravelry for more information and the latest updates.
Spacious store filled with both knitting materials and knitted garments for sale. Great source of relatively affordable alpaca-content yarns, particularly in thinner weights, and in both natural tones and beautiful colours. In the same building is the store's mill, which you can sometimes tour. Occasionally staffed by someone not-so-knowledgeable (owner's daughter?), but friendly service, nonetheless. Great place to check out if you're in the neighborhood.