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Notes

Downtown store accessible by Queen W. streetcar. Offers both knitting supplies and ready-to-wear items and accessories.

Hours

Tue - Fri:
11:00AM - 07:00PM
Sat:
11:00AM - 06:00PM
Sun:
12:00PM - 05:00PM

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After seeing a sample of the lace-weight at a LYS, I checked out the store the next time I was in Toronto. Although the store carries only their own brand, it is beautiful. Their yarn is also different from the large commercial producers, which is nice if you want something a little more unique.

The owner was friendly and struck the right balance between being on hand to answer any questions while not hovering over me. I ended up purchasing the Addi Clicks set and she threw in a couple extra skeins and free needle tips (!)

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by jackie on Tuesday, Sep 18 2012 at 09:00PM CDT

Don't BUY anything there unless you understand the pattern. She will tell you she will explain it to make the sale...but she will not. THAT SHOP is ALL ABOUT THE SALE. Once your purchase has been made the shop owner turns into a witch who makes you feel terrible for asking a question.

My money is on the fact that she was a designer who couldnt get along with others so she had to go out on her own. Retail and teaching has warn her down. I bet she has left behind a trail of people and dead businesses behind her.

Lieing to make a sale makes me sick. i told her before i purchased the sweater that i would be asking questions.

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by Ellen on Wednesday, Nov 16 2011 at 07:15PM CST

My daughter and I was shopping on Queen and came by the store. We had a great time in the store. The sale lady were extremely helpful. She helped my daughters to find yarn for their cowls and the patterns were free. The patterns are very simple but the product are great. Even though the price is on the expensive side, I will go back. I LOVE the store!!!

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by Polina Melamed on Tuesday, Apr 12 2011 at 05:35PM CDT

I was very much surprised when for the first time I visited this store. It gives the impression of the lounge. The music, lighting, furniture, service- everything is soft, comfortable, cozy. High quality product- colors, blends.
The owners have great taste and manners.

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by sarah Stengle on Sunday, Sep 27 2009 at 03:25AM CDT

I enjoyed the store immensely, loved the color selection, which while not huge, was elegant and beautiful. The staff was nice to me, but so rude to a woman who walked in and asked for help finding buttons for her baby's sweater! It was as if the question offended them. Clearly they don't do "cute".....Even so, I will go back on my next visit to Toronto.
I would recommend the store highly to people who like all natural fibers - they have a nice range of colors, fibers and weights. Just don't admit out loud that you knit for babies and you''ll be fine!

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by Anonymous on Monday, Mar 02 2009 at 08:44PM CST

Wow, can't believe this place has business with the stuck up, obnoxious staff. Nice wool, but not enough to justify the attitude.

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by janet mockler on Monday, Nov 24 2008 at 12:22PM CST

A very expensive store.. but the wool is lovely. I think this store fits in really well with the burgeoning community that is becoming queen street west of spadina. The sales lady was also very sweet and conversational. loved the interior.. a new age knitting store

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by Anonymous on Sunday, Nov 02 2008 at 12:33AM CDT

We visited this store on Oct 25th/08 and found our visit delightful! The yarns were lovely and varied. The Addi Naturas and Bamboo Clover knitting needles were a very good price. There were many samples of the garments already made, to try on, to help with the selection of a project. The staff was most helpful and pleasant. They knew their products very well and were patient while I made my choices. My 16 year old son was with me and he chose yarn for a hat and again, the staff was really helpful. Yes, the yarn is expensive, however, it is a fine product. It is delightful to knit with and the colour choices were many, yet traditional. The patterns were provided with my wool purchase at no additional charge. It is not at all uncommon in my shopping experience to only get a pattern when yarn is purchased. I have been to several fine owol stores that are happy to sell you $300.00 worth of yarn and then have the nerve to ask for another $30.00 to buy the pattern book when all you need is ONE pattern. This yarn retailer does NOT do this! The actual store is nicely decorated which creates a unique atmosphere. I would rate this shopping experience as 5 stars out of 5! Thanks for such a pleasant shopping experience. I will see you on m next trip to Toronto!

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by Robbie on Tuesday, Sep 30 2008 at 05:06AM CDT

It's expensive, and although some of the yarns have great texture, it's sort of the "Gap" of yarn stores - everything, although beautiful, was rather monotone in colour, and nothing really jumped up and said "Buy me!"

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by Anonymous on Tuesday, Sep 23 2008 at 08:45AM CDT

i found them pretty snobby the one time i went in as well.

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by LD on Monday, Aug 18 2008 at 06:56AM CDT

I went once on my own and again with a friend. They do have some wonderful yarns (all their own line) and the prices weren't bad but I'm hesitant to shop there. For one, you can ONLY buy patterns with a kit. Second, the owner/LYSW told me that they don't have top-down patterns. I also have the impression that this store will never have a sale.

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by brella on Thursday, Jul 24 2008 at 03:20PM CDT

You can also check out an old thread of Torontonians discussing this store (both pros and cons) in the GTA Fibrefaces board at ravelry.com

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by jknitz on Saturday, Jun 21 2008 at 03:43PM CDT

snob city!

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by brella on Saturday, Jun 21 2008 at 08:23AM CDT

Lots of undyed yarns or yarns spun with interesting textures, as well as wooden buttons, natural fabrics, and knitted clothing/accessories. Easily accessible by local transit and close to other cultural/shopping attractions.

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