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Charming little shop I visited on a stopover in Chicago recently. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about what knitters are currently obsessing over, which is a bonus. The selection of yarn is quite good, especially if you are a sock knitter (I am), though I found some of their prices to be a bit higher than I was used to (coming from Philly, this was a bit of a surprise). It was everything I would expect from a big city yarn store. Their stock of Malabrigo in all forms is really quite excellent.
This shop seems like the place to go if you're a weaver, based on the looms that are out and about in the shop. The selection of yarns was pretty good, and the staff was friendly. I got some great fiber--fiber in a LYS is a really nice bonus to me. And they had a lovely little basket with small balls of a few kinds of yarn that were free to try, which was a very nice touch.
Like loongirl, we drove quite a ways to visit Clever Ewe, but unlike her, we had a really excellent experience at this delightful shop in Ada. The staff was incredibly nice both to me (an out of town knitting obsessive) and my companion (a local non-knitter who was along to enable me and to fondle softness). Their selection is very nice, and I liked the setup of the shop itself. I'm jealous of the GR/Ada locals who get to call this pleasant little place their LYS, and I'll be back again in the future while visiting West Michigan.
I visited this shop while in town for business, and I thought staff was friendly. There was no yarn that really made me want to buy it (in other words, the selection was mostly staples like Cascade and novelty yarns--lots of those). I'd go back because they were pleasant to me, and the atmosphere of the store was nice.
I visited Tricoter on a business trip a few years back. They have a wonderful selection, and the fact that they carry Socks That Rock was what drew me in. I had never tried it, so I bought the few colors that they had, and as soon as the woman helping me knew that that was what I wanted, she started pushing very expensive yarns on me. She didn't know my taste beyond the interest in STR, so everything was CASHMERE! and NOVELTY!, and it left a very sour taste in my mouth. I spent a good deal of money here and got some wonderful stuff that I really love, but the incredibly pushy salesperson and a less than stellar email exchange with them about a sale they were having for members of their e-newsletter, and I would hesitate to go back in the future.