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about Knits by the Sea Yarn Shop on Thu Sep 16 19:43:00 -0700 2010

This is a great place to stop and see some of the hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns from British Columbia. Features shawl pins, buttons, and stitch markers made locally. This shop carries Hiya Hiya and ChiaGoo needles. Other yarns brands of note: Blue Sky Alpaca, Malabrigo, Spud & Chloe, Diamond, Sirdar, Viking, Rowan, Noro & Sublime.

about Kelowna Yarn & Needlecrafts on Fri Oct 01 23:31:56 -0700 2010

This is a small shop that is equally devoted to yarn as well as needlecraft, so I think they can get away with not having a bigger selection. They do have an interesting range of hemps and linens, and if you know where to look, they have a tempting selection of HandMaiden yarns. I *really* liked that they had Brittany needles/hooks as well as Addi Turbos. The owners are super friendly and the place was full of people when I was in - people shopping as well as people learning new skills at the table.

about Art of Yarn on Fri Oct 01 23:36:03 -0700 2010

This shop is jam-packed full of interesting yarns, it is almost overwhelming! I couldn't get a handle on how it was arranged (brand names? yarn weights?) but it was fun to pick my way through and see what is out there. Huge selection of, well, everything. They have some of the fancier yarns that are unfortunately not within my budget right now but they had Qiviut (sp?) behind glass, these people know their stuff. The table in the back was full of people learning and the staff were friendly and helpful. What I really liked was the displays in the windows - simple swatches explaining for beginners the difference between the knit and purl side of a stockinette stitch. Everything you can imagine is in this store, and I imagine that you would have to spend a few hours to get a sense of everything they have.

about Button & Needlework Boutique on Sun Jan 06 03:27:15 -0800 2013

This store is my least favourite of all the LYSs in Victoria. It's like they hate selling yarn. It's too bad, because they have a nice selection. Just like megly said above, the service is terrible.

I have a theory about why they are doing so well: when the cruise ship traffic comes in, the Knitters are looking for the Beehive but stumble upon this shop first. Because they carry such high end yarn, the Knitters will have spent their yarn budget in this one shop and never make it to the Beehive. Trust me, the Beehive is worth the trek!

about Boutique De Laine on Sun Jan 06 03:31:44 -0800 2013

This is my favourite yarn store in Victoria. The staff can be curt, but not rude, and I think that is that healthy cynicism that comes from being aware of what goes on in the world - the owner in particular (I think) combines that cynicism with that dry British sense of humour, which I love. At any rate, it's a tiny shop but they have a limited amount on display, with much more in storage in their secret basement. Lots to look at and Estevan Village is a lovely location (near Willows Beach) to pass some time!

about Knotty By Nature Fibre Arts on Sun Jan 06 03:37:30 -0800 2013

This is a great shop and it is worth visiting their new location in Fairfield (I say 'new' but they actually moved to Lillian St a year ago!). In their new location they have installed a little cappuccino bar. They still offer classes but I don't know if they still host a stitch night - I asked about that recently and they said they didn't have one.

I am not yet a spinner/dyer/weaver, just a knitter for now, so when I go into the shop I'm looking for yarn. It would be nice if this store in particular would sell more locally produced yarn. We do have sheep and alpaca and other fiber animals on Vancouver Island, and given how eco-friendly-fanatic the people of this region are, I'm surprised that locally sourced yarn isn't more of a thing. It's true you can buy locally dyed yarn, but it's still fiber that is imported from far-flung places. I would like to see the 100-Mile Diet apply to fiber as well!