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Elmhurst, IL
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Fri May 22 13:02:18 -0500 2009
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about The Woolly Lamb Yarn Studio on Fri May 22 13:07:24 -0500 2009

I enjoyed every aspect of my visit to this shop, the owner was welcoming and helpful but not pushy, the store was cozy but not cramped, there's plenty of nearby free parking and there's an adorable little cafe just one block away in the Metra station.
The shop has plenty of places to sit, one medium table, one large table and (IIRC) a couch. There are two large windows letting in lots of light off of the pleasant street.
I didn't get the owner's name but she showed me several interesting new yarns (like the new scented one and Cat Bordhi's Aha!) but let me shop without hovering also.

about Mosaic Yarn Studio, Ltd. on Fri May 22 13:09:22 -0500 2009

Great selection here! The staff is helpful and friendly when approached. It's always worth a trip here to see and feel a new yarn or book.
Plus Paradise Pup is just down River Road. mmmmm!

about Wool and Company on Fri May 22 13:15:46 -0500 2009

I go to the Friday morning Sit'n'Knit here almost every week, the owners are usually around and are very helpful (not to mention nice people). They have a good selection of a variety of yarns (everything from cashmere to 'jelly' yarns) and lots of well-priced notions. Plus downtown Geneva is a fun place to visit.
The Sit'n'Knit ladies are a fun and super-talented bunch as well.

about Have Ewe Any Wool on Fri May 22 13:21:44 -0500 2009

I like this shop and I hope they do well at their new location, right on the street instead of in the back of some offices, up a flight of stairs. It's a smaller space and the selection isn't great but it's ok and they have a nice big window for lots of light and a large table for sitting and knitting.

about Knitche on Fri May 22 13:24:50 -0500 2009

Very friendly helpful service, and the combination of yarn shop and coffee shop is genius!
I love dropping in there to see what's new, have a coffee and a treat and maybe knit a while.

about Artistic Fibers on Sun May 24 14:01:54 -0500 2009

I visited this store during Chocolate Fest and I'm jealous of everyone who gets to have it for their LYS. The space was welcoming and fresh with plenty of light, nice seating areas, and even coffee brewing! The two ladies working were friendly, but once I said I was just looking they backed off and let us look and feel all their lovely yarn. Lots of nice yarn, especially for babies and kids. I would definitely return here the next time I'm in the area.
As the review above says, if you're looking for cheap acrylic, this is not your store, but if you want a nice selection of wool, cotton, silk, etc then it's definitely worth a stop.

about Chix with Stix on Sun May 24 14:30:01 -0500 2009

I love this yarn shop! They have a nice selection at decent prices and their own furry ambassador. I stop in at least once a month and usually sit and knit for a while. The staff is friendly and helpful and the atmosphere is nice and relaxed with a couple of places to relax and knit or just sit and chat. There's a Starbucks nearby and a tea shop across the street, it's a great neighborhood to browse in.

about Idea Studio on Sun Sep 27 13:51:34 -0500 2009

I've only visited this store once a couple of months ago but I was favorably impressed. They have a great selection of yarns (including bison) and notions, the staff was available but not pushy and the atmosphere is pleasant. If I lived closer to La Grange I'd spend more time here.

about Northwind Book & Fiber on Sat Oct 10 13:49:42 -0500 2009

INCREDIBLE! This would be a very nice lys if it were in a more populated place but keeping a selection of yarns and needles like this in a small Northwoods town is fantastic!! I saw everything I'd expect to see in a suburban Chicago LYS and then a couple brands I'm not familiar with.
In addition there was some locally produced and spun alpaca yarn! I got two skeins of this squishy beauty to make a felted hat for my long-suffering boyfriend. (He was shopping at the bakery next door while I was petting the yarn).
Plus there's books in the same shop! The atmosphere was nice, the owner was pleasant and helpful and there's plenty of room for sitting and knitting. If I'm ever back in Spooner I'll definitely be back here.

about Knit and Caboodle on Mon Oct 19 18:03:52 -0500 2009

Very nice shop! Great location on a charming historic street. Good selection and the owner was happy to answer the couple of questions I had. I'm in town again and will be revisiting shortly.

about Betsy's Yarn & Tea Shop on Wed Dec 09 02:49:18 -0600 2009

Visited today to pick up a few notions (they have a very good selection) and some loose leaf tea (ditto). Both owners were around, one fixed me a cup of tea and the other wrapped up my ho-hum purchases so nicely that I felt as though I' just bought a sweater's worth of baby alpaca!

about Ewe and Me Fiber Studio on Fri Apr 09 14:23:21 -0500 2010

Drove past this store yesterday and wanted to stop. I wasn't driving though so we whizzed past. It looks like it's still open and when I did visit there last September, it was a pleasant, welcoming place. They don't have a huge selection but what they have is nice and there's lots of space to sit and knit. The owner was there and was helpful but not pushy. It's worth a stop if you're going through town, I know I'll be back soon.

about Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns on Wed Aug 18 14:08:44 -0500 2010

Stopped by yesterday while doing part of the pre-Stitches yarn crawl with a couple of friends.
It's a nice space that feels modern and cozy at the same time. They do indeed have a wall of Cascade (which is nice, you can see all of the colors at once without digging around in bins) and several yarns I hadn't seen before.
Not every store can stock every yarn, or even every brand but I think they had a nice selection here. They seemed a little light on the bulky yarns, most of what I remember seeing was worsted. They had some notions and needles but it wasn't an overwhelming amount.
The owner was welcoming and very helpful, she even turned on the store's small tv for our youngest crawler. I'd be happy to have this store around the corner and I'm sure I'll be back in the the future. Arlington Heights has a nice downtown area, like Naperville only less smooshed together, and this store is a good addition to it.

about Gene Ann's Yarns on Wed Aug 18 14:31:53 -0500 2010

Stopped off here with a couple of friends while doing part of the pre-stitches yarn crawl. We parked in the free city garage across the street and walked over. There were several ladies sitting and knitting which made for a crowded first floor but that's just bad timing. Also bad timing was showing up the two days before Stitches while they were trying to pack stuff to take to Stitches.
Echoing what spitefiresnc said above, not much was marked with a price. That's fine if there's someone around to ask or if you don't care how much things cost but it gets kind of annoying to have to keep asking. If marking each skein isn't an option Mosaic's solution of marking the basket or bin works just as well.
Not a good store to bring kids too, because it's crowded and there's a bunch of breakables on the second floor.
The selection was spotty. They had stunning cashmere and Encore and Art Yarn but there didn't seem to be a focus.

about Betsy's Yarn & Tea Shop on Fri Mar 23 13:07:40 -0500 2012

Stopped in on 3/18/12. They are open on Sunday, 12-5PM. Bought some lapsang souchong tea which is hard to find on the shelf. I also got some notions (stitch markers, etc.) and another kind of tea.
As always everything was nicely wrapped as though the whole thing was a gift!
I always enjoy giong to Betsy's, it's just too bad it's not very close to home.
The area is worth a visit as well, the shop is right next to the historic I&M Canal and bike trail.

about Knot Just Knits on Sun Sep 16 14:59:51 -0500 2012

Dropped by on my way to book group yesterday.
Fantastic location in an older building, close to the train but not right on Marion St., with huge windows and lots of natural light. A nice table and IIRC a comfy couch as well.
Very nice staff and owner.
I gave them a three for selection. The yarns they carry are very nice (MadTosh, Malabrigo, Blue Sky Alpaca, etc) and they do have some smaller lines (Imperial Stock Ranch and some others who's names are escaping me) I didn't see some yarns like Berroco and Misti Alpaca. Every store can't carry every yarn though and this one is worth a visit to pet some yarns you might not have seen in person.

about River Boutique and Yarn on Thu Jul 02 16:58:33 -0500 2015

Stopped by with the DH on our way through town, and was glad I did. the DH sat and chatted with the ladies who were knitting and the staff answered all my questions and made some nice suggestions too.
it's always fun to shop a new-to-you yarn store, to see different brands and samples. this store has a unique selection of lovely yarns, I would definitely make it a habit to stop in there regularly if we lived in the area.

about Rainbow Gifts on Fri Jul 03 14:30:41 -0500 2015

Another great stop courtesy of Knitmap! I would never have known this place was here and we had a blast shopping and feeding the alpacas.
Very nice selection of commercial yarns with an emphasis on alpaca and alpaca blends. Plenty of notions, buttons and even some beaded knitting bracelet kits.

DH enjoyed the comfy couch while I shopped and the owner gave me more info on the alpacas.

They have 36 alpacas and have yarn from individual alpacas for sale, I got a combined Seanna/Dexter skein that will make a lovely Nobel Cowl.

Highly recommended stop!

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