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Title Date
Vermont Vacation 2009 07/18/2009
Home for Christmas 08/06/2009

pferdina's Favorite Locations

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Painted Trillium Designs
Hudsonville, MI
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Clever Ewe
Forest Hills, MI
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JT Stitchery and Frame Shop
Rockford, MI
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A Grand Skein
Grand Rapids, MI
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pferdina's Comments

about Yarns for Your Soul, LLC on Sat Jun 27 23:54:36 +0000 2009

I may be easily impressed, but I loved visiting this shop during my Vermont vacation. The shopkeeper was friendly and knowledgable but she let me browse unmolested for as long as I wanted. It is a small store, and really packed full of yarns and books and tools for both knitting and crochet. There was wool as well as silk, linen, bamboo, cotton, and some synthetics. There were a few skeins of locally dyed/painted yarn and there was a variety of yarn weights. Of course I wanted to buy everything, but I managed to restrain myself and take away only two small balls of sock wool. While she rang up my purchase, the shopkeeper showed me an intricate scarf made with the yarn I was buying. There was a small table with chairs in the back, as well as a comfortable seat and TV for one's non-knitting companions, which my husband appreciated.

about Black Sheep Yarns on Sun Jun 28 00:07:19 +0000 2009

I visited this location during my Vermont vacation. There was a table with chairs and also some comfortable seating that my husband used while I went around touching all the yarns. The shopkeeper chatted with us in a friendly way. The shop seemed to have a variety of fiber types and yarn weights. There were some books and patterns and some tools as well. I was particularly interested in the locally hand-painted sock yarn, but I believe there were several other types of yarn produced in the area.

about Vermont Beads & Fibers on Mon Jun 29 20:41:53 +0000 2009

This store, on Main Street, has supplies for knitters and beaders. I didn't look at the beads much, because I am not a beader. They had plenty of yarn, including several different locally produced kinds in a few different weights, which is what I was looking for and ended up buying. The one employee was friendly and helpful. There was a comfortable sofa near the front that my husband sat on while he waited for me (with coffee table books to browse), but there is also a bookstore next door and many other little shops on the street that non-knitting companions could spend time in. Prices seemed reasonable.

about Knits and Bolts on Mon Jun 29 20:49:01 +0000 2009

While traveling through Vermont on vacation, I stopped at this store. Half is yarns and knitting supplies, half is cloth and quilting stuff. I didn't go to the non-knitting side of the store at all, but my husband reported that there were lots and lots of bolts and there were also patterns and a quilting area. I spent time browsing the aisles of yarn; the store seemed to have some of everything. Many types of fibers, many different weights and styles. They were having a sale while we were there, and the sale yarns were in front near the door on a table. Prices were well marked and also reasonable. I was particularly interested in locally-produced yarns, and found a handful of different ones to choose from. The staff was friendly and left us alone to browse, but did point out the sale yarns to me. There were comfortable chairs in the center of the store, but we didn't try them.

about Bailey House Floral and Greenhouses on Wed Jul 01 01:46:44 +0000 2009

If I did not already know that there was yarn for sale here, I might not have noticed the little "Yarn" sign in front of the store. It looks like just another market selling fresh fruits and vegetables, or a greenhouse, but inside there is a pretty nice selection of yarns and supplies, including years' worth of old knitting magazines. I saw lots of Lamb's Pride, Berroco, Malabrigo, Peaches and Cream, and Plymouth yarns. I didn't find any locally produced yarns, though. Prices seemed reasonable. There was also some crochet and sewing supplies. It's worth stopping at this store.

about The Knitting Studio on Thu Jul 02 02:21:04 +0000 2009

I stopped in while vacationing in Vermont and was immediately made to feel welcome. The store carries a lot of different yarns by Plymouth, Noro, Berroco, and others, and also has a pretty large selection of Vermont and New Hampshire yarns. There were many different fibers and yarn weights, as well as patterns, tools, and notions. The store is beautiful and in a terrific location on State Street.

about Whippletree Yarn Shop on Thu Jul 02 23:05:29 +0000 2009

We visited this store while traveling through Vermont on vacation. It was pouring rain outside, but dry and cozy inside. There was a good selection of yarns, various fibers and weights, and the prices seemed reasonable. There was a table and chairs for knitters to work at in the center of the store.

about Northern Nights Yarn Shop on Thu Jul 02 23:09:38 +0000 2009

We visited this store while traveling through Vermont on vacation. It is two rooms, light and airy inside. There was a large selection of yarns, beautifully arranged. The shopkeeper was very friendly and talked to my husband while I browsed and then to both of us, getting out some fabulous kits when I expressed an interest in the knitted throw over the door.

about White River Yarns on Thu Jul 02 23:20:04 +0000 2009

We visited this store while traveling through Vermont on vacation. It has a pretty good selection of wool and wool/acrylic blends, as well as some other fibers. Several different weights of yarn, and yarn tools. Seating was available for non-knitting companions. The shopkeeper was very friendly and helpful, and she gave me a measuring tape and a needle inventory card with my purchase.

about Green Mountain Fibers Yarn Store on Sat Jul 04 01:22:07 +0000 2009

We stopped at this store during our vacation in Vermont. It is a large store with two separate rooms, very open and beautiful. There was a large table with chairs in one room, smaller chairs in the other room. The shelves were stuffed with so many different yarns, including several locally-produced types. The staff was friendly and helpful.

about Nomad Yarns on Sat Jun 11 14:53:53 +0000 2011

I visited this shop while in Indianapolis for a conference this week. The shop is easy to find, and just a short distance from the Indy airport. There is a parking lot next to the shop. I was impressed with the friendliness of the shop staff, including the owner herself, who talked to me pleasantly while I looked at the yarns. If I lived in the area, I would want to be a regular at this shop.

The yarns in stock were mostly well-known brands like Malabrigo, Ella Rae, Noro, Aracaunia, etc. There were three small rooms of yarn, all beautifully lit with natural light and the yarns were nicely displayed. The shop also has fiber for spinning. After deciding on my purchases, the shop owner offered to wind my yarn for me, which was great although I declined.

I would have liked to see local spinners' and/or dyers' yarns on sale next to the commercial yarns.

about A Grand Skein on Sun Jul 03 19:15:19 +0000 2011

I was very happy to see this new shop open in late June 2011. I first visited this weekend and there were about a dozen people sitting around knitting and chatting in the store, making a very friendly atmosphere. Located on the west side of Eastern, just south of Alger, there is on-street parking and a free parking lot behind the store. Large windows let in a lot of sunlight. Store employees were friendly and came up to welcome me to the store and ask whether they could help me. The yarns on display were arranged by gauge around the perimeter of the store. Berroco, Malabrigo, ArtYarns, Shepherd's Wool were the brands I noticed, though there may have been others. There was also a small selection of books and a display of needles and other tools. The front of the store contained a couple of spinning wheels for people to try. Although I don't buy very much yarn, I am looking forward to having this store in my town.