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Aylins Woolgatherer - OUT OF BUSINESS

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Summer Hours (July):
Mon - Sat, 10 am - 2 pm
Thu: 10am - 2pm & 6 pm - 8:30 pm


Mon - Wed:
10:00AM - 05:30PM
10:00AM - 08:30PM
Fri - Sat:
10:00AM - 05:30PM

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It's a great place to go. I love that it's only right around the corner. It's the kind of store that will stay open if you call to say you're coming. I have never had a bad experience and would recommend it to anyone.


by jayel on Thursday, Jun 30 2011 at 06:05PM CDT

This is a knitting home away from home for me. Yes, it's small and on an upper floor, but yarn stores do what they need to do to stay in business; they are a service-oriented business and don't have huge profit margins. AND....Aylin now has shelf tags with yarn prices, so no need to study price lists or ask staffers to price yarn for you (which they are happy to do!) Aylin used to have a storefront long ago, and I was devastated when I returned to the area and thought she'd gone out of business, then I was delighted to find the store on an upper floor.

As a regular, I'll have to pay attention to not hogging the attention of staff when I'm there. Aylin's is a place where people like to hang out, but we certainly don't want to scare away or intimidate customers! Aylin is the sweetest person, a wonderful knitter & teacher, her staff are a welcoming & friendly bunch, and all are welcome in their "club".

UPDATE: Aylin has listened to those who found the shop claustrophobic, opened up the sales floor, added seating in several areas, and dedicated the back room to needles and notions. The first thing that strikes a shopper upon entering the shop now is all the natural light--who knew the shop had floor-to-ceiling windows! The same friendly place with a nice selection of yarns and places to hang out away from the checkout counter. One thing I've learned is to ask a salesperson if there's more of a favorite color--the showroom is backed by storage rooms with packed shelves, and staff are more than happy to search for more skeins if you need them.


by Kathy on Wednesday, Apr 06 2011 at 10:43PM CDT

I have been a fan of Aylen's Woolgatherers for several years. Yes, the shop is small but if size matters to readers, then head to A.C. Moore. You will have all the room you need. You won't, however, have a selection of the finest yarns available. The staff is quite friendly, and even though they don't know me, they are always very helpful and willing to take the time to walk me through the materials Ineed for a special project. Since when do people on a special search for fine yarns need a place to sit, much less a place to knit? Go in, see if they have your yarn, pay and leave. Or, give them a call first and ask if they have the yarn.


by SerineKat on Sunday, Nov 14 2010 at 12:58PM CST

Yeah... this is real hit or miss place. I too found it itty bitty and over flowing with stock. The location is very challenging to find. When I was there it was hard to find anything to buy. Nothing really stood out. It's a good knitting basics shop but the experience of going there and shopping left something to be desired.


by Debbie Daigneau on Wednesday, Jun 09 2010 at 10:00PM CDT

Do you have any of this yarn? Please email me and let me know, my sister needs 10 balls of this.
Debbie Daigneau


by Sophia on Saturday, May 01 2010 at 03:42PM CDT

This store in on the 3rd floor of a building near Giant.

I'm a kid; that knits like a pro, but always gets stares in LYS. I am from FL, and being a foreigner to this city, this store wasn't hard to find.

The person who works there was very friendly, and loved chatting with me and helping me. One con is that the prices aren't on the yarns, so I took 2 hours. :O I think I saw Aylin around, sorting out the yarns. :)

The yarns are sorted out by weight. (although there is a sale room and a baby yarn section.)

The two items that stand out from other yarn stores in the DC area are:

SERENDIPITY NEEDLES! (I have been trying to find these for over a year.)

LANTERN MOON TAPE MEASURES! :) (When I went there a month ago, they were out of stock.)

The AC was broken, so I was the only customer there. I'm used to tropical weather, but I guess the locals weren't. (I think it's fixed now.)

I never thought of going to this store, I have seen the website, and seeing it wasn't updated in a while, I went to Uniquities and Fibre Space instead. Until my dad found out about this place. :) I hope on coming back when I come to the DC area in 2012.


by Deborah on Monday, Mar 08 2010 at 09:18PM CST

I disagree with the reviewers who describe a "clubby" atmosphere. On the contrary, I've found the staff to be helpful and friendly.

The shop has a wide range of beautiful yarns, and a whole (small) room of sale items. There's also a large selection of books, patterns, and tools.

The real problem -- and it is, for me, a serious one -- is that the shop is almost claustrophobically small. There are one or two chairs, but no place to sit and knit (there's a classroom down the hall, but it's not connected to the shop). The tight space is particularly noticeable in the winter, when everyone has a coat on.

Aylin's is a great place to shop if you can get in and out quickly -- but if you're going to stay a while, you may find it stuffy and hard on the feet.


by krewerka on Sunday, Sep 14 2008 at 05:50PM CDT

Have gone there for year due to selection. Alyn is a very good knitter and helpful, some of her staff less so. There is far to much yarn for the space, and it topples over as you walk bye but there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out the back room of sale items. You'll need to ask for help (limited) to figure out the price.


by knittingkibbin on Tuesday, Aug 05 2008 at 05:26PM CDT

This shop is small and difficult to find, but well worth it. The yarn selection is great, and the staff are friendly. I'm not quite sure why the other reviewers have such negative impressions, because I've always had great experiences with the shop.


by anonymous37 on Monday, Jan 28 2008 at 12:49AM CST

I was visiting a relative, who knew about this store. I had a free afternoon, so I decided to go and see if there were any lovely yarns calling out to me. What a mistake! There seems to be a "pack" of regulars who size unknowns up and down. That "pack includes the proprietor! After fifteen uncomfortable minutes, I left without anything. Too creepy.


by Anonymous on Monday, Jan 28 2008 at 12:44AM CST

Not a terribly helpful or friendly place. I was a little put off by the clubbiness. That was enough to turn me off, and turn tail and LEAVE. Ugh.

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