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Alameda Yarn Co. - OUT OF BUSINESS

Added by Reddog_396_micro bbrazy over 13 years ago / Last Updated over 2 years ago

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by on

As a new resident of Alameda (and totally and completely without my yarn for a few more days), I decided that today was a good day to visit the Alameda Yarn Co.

I had heard from various sources that the yarn selection wasn't that great, the table was too big, and that I shouldn't expect help when I walk in.

All of those things: not true.

Granted, I'm used to being able to buy a sweater's worth of yarn in one color when I visit a yarn shop but they had a ton of different yarns, colors, weights, fiber contents, etc. Also, I thought the table was a nice touch. I'm not a tiny person and I was able to maneuver around the table (even with people sitting there). Also, I had help from the second I walked in. Maybe that's more of a comment on my personality than the people working. Who knows.

Anyway, I liked the place. I will be back when I need something (which may not happen since I have quite a few bins full of yarn coming this week from our move). I plan to visit all the other ones in the area, because a girl can never have too much yarn ;)


by J Bish on Wednesday, Jan 04 2012 at 01:58AM CST

I was interested in the 18" Sausalito Crochet Shell Stitch Doll Set and started to make it.
I finally got through it and am pleased with what I finally turned out. It was a good thing that I'm experienced with crocheting because a beginner would have given up by line 3 of the sweater. There are a number of omitted instructions and counts are wrong. I'm only drawing attention to this so corrections can be made so others can enjoy this cute pattern. I'm looking forward to future patterns (without errors).


by Anonymous on Monday, Feb 21 2011 at 12:39AM CST

Gail has been knitting for a very long time and she is patient and will help you with any problem you may have with your project.She is willing to order yarn you may need for your project. More times than not there are people knitting around the table. That provides a large think tank for solving problems with your project. The store was reconfigured last year to provide more room for people and yummy yarn.


by Anonymous on Friday, Jan 30 2009 at 01:18PM CST

I love this yarn shop. There is a huge variety of yarn, from those on sale (yes, there are usually a few balls outside on the sale rack - and sometimes many!) to the many choices inside. Lots of fine wool, sock yarn, cotton, cashmere blends - but also acrylic and acrylic blends. Gail, the owner, is extremely helpful and a very fine knitter. I always enjoy visiting the shop and am always welcomed, even though I'm not a regular customer as I don't live in the area.


by Anonymous on Thursday, Jan 24 2008 at 03:22PM CST

There is always a mostly-empty rack of about 6 skeins of yarn in front of this place. It looks terrible -- how is that inviting? The front window is festooned with out-of-date calico curtains and frumpy looking crochet-covered dolls. If you can get past the terrible first impression on the outside, the yarn selection is so-so (plenty of novelty yarns and run-of-the-mill offerings). If you find a yarn you like, the colors are not at all interesting -- the buyer for this shop has a preference for dull/drab colors (except the novelty yarn -- that's bright as heck!)

Meanwhile, I have been ignored on all three occasions when I have gone in there, trying to give it a second, and even a *third* chance hoping that, "It's new, so perhaps it will get better..." No. Plus, the "nice big table" makes it uncomfortable and difficult to actually get to the yarn on that wall. The table is way too big for the shop!

This shop makes me lament the loss of Yarn! (great selection) and Tuscany Yarn (beautiful store) as Alameda's LYSs even more. Alameda is ripe for a yarn shop that serves today's current knitters. It does not have to be "trendy" like the other reviewer suggests... it just needs to offer more interesting selections in keeping with today's interests. Except for the wool, you can find much of what AYC is offering at Beverly's. This is not why knitters go to a LYS.

If the owner of this yarn store reads this review, I urge you to visit other yarn stores in the area -- look at Article Pract, Imaginknit, etc. Please give today's knitters a reason to stay on the island!

(At least get rid of those curtains.)


by bbrazy on Wednesday, Nov 28 2007 at 10:59PM CST

Gail, the owner, wants people to feel welcome to come in and knit, and she has a nice big table for that reason. Lots of sock yarn and Plymouth. It's not the to-go place for trendy yarn, but I think of it more like good, solid comfort food. Gail also has a lot of cute doll knitting patterns.

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