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Mass. Ave. Knit Shop

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Hours

Mon:
11:00AM - 06:00PM
Tue:
11:00AM - 07:00PM
Wed:
11:00AM - 06:00PM
Thu:
11:00AM - 08:00AM
Fri:
11:00AM - 06:00PM
Sat:
10:00AM - 04:30PM
Sun:
12:00PM - 04:00PM

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I reviewed this shop as part of my travel-knitting blog
http://destiknitions.blogspot.com/2010/10/indianapolis-in.html
It's a wonderful store, and you'll find out more things to do in the area as well as patterns and projec

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by Stockannette on Tuesday, Nov 16 2010 at 06:16PM CST

Posted this same review on the duplicate listing for this shop:

This is my favorite yarn shop, period (and, lucky for me, the first yarn shop I ever went to, right before I learned to knit). It's also the biggest yarn store I have ever been to, in ANY city or state. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful while at the same time not being "in-your-face" or following you around. If you need help finding something, whether it be a yarn, book, pattern, or button, just ask, and they know EXACTLY where it is and will take you right to it.

Reading comments above from years ago, I think newcomers might get overwhelmed the first time they come in because there is so MUCH yarn, unlike a 'typical' yarn shop. Yarns are, however, divided by weight. If you can't figure out the glorious cornucopia, just ask Susan, "How is this place divvied up?" and she'll take you on a tour, smiling all the way. Once you get used to having almost every possible yarn at your disposal, you'll get to know where all your faves are.

In addition to knitting, I have seen people crochet, spin, weave, and felt in the store. Groups hold meetings there, and there are classes and events galore. Mass. Ave Knit Shop is also supportive of community charity and art projects.

Have I mentioned the Wish List? Your non-knitting loved ones can take one step inside the shop and ask to see your Wish List... the staff will then gather items from it and help them pick something out - and gift cards are available, too!

I'll share two examples of my MAKS experiences: once, I walked in, a frustrated newbie in a panic, waving a tattered printout of a pattern and said, "How do I put a crochet edge on this knit hat?!" and had someone immediately sit down and help me. Another time, I bought two yarns, one for me and one for my mom, and WEEKS later had a staffer ask, "What kind of hat did you end up making out of that malabrigo? And how did your mom like that lavender sock yarn?"

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by Stockannette on Tuesday, Nov 16 2010 at 06:01PM CST

This is my favorite yarn shop, period (and, lucky for me, the first yarn shop I ever went to, right before I learned to knit). It's also the biggest yarn store I have ever been to, in ANY city or state. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful while at the same time not being "in-your-face" or following you around. If you need help finding something, whether it be a yarn, book, pattern, or button, just ask, and they know EXACTLY where it is and will take you right to it.

Reading comments above from years ago, I think newcomers might get overwhelmed the first time they come in because there is so MUCH yarn, unlike a 'typical' yarn shop. Yarns are, however, divided by weight. If you can't figure out the glorious cornucopia, just ask Susan, "How is this place divvied up?" and she'll take you on a tour, smiling all the way. Once you get used to having almost every possible yarn at your disposal, you'll get to know where all your faves are.

In addition to knitting, I have seen people crochet, spin, weave, and felt in the store. Groups hold meetings there, and there are classes and events galore. Mass. Ave Knit Shop is also supportive of community charity and art projects.

Have I mentioned the Wish List? Your non-knitting loved ones can take one step inside the shop and ask to see your Wish List... the staff will then gather items from it and help them pick something out - and gift cards are available, too!

I'll share two examples of my MAKS experiences: once, I walked in, a frustrated newbie in a panic, waving a tattered printout of a pattern and said, "How do I put a crochet edge on this knit hat?!" and had someone immediately sit down and help me. Another time, I bought two yarns, one for me and one for my mom, and WEEKS later had a staffer ask, "What kind of hat did you end up making out of that malabrigo? And how did your mom like that lavender sock yarn?"

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by lioba21 on Sunday, Aug 15 2010 at 06:49PM CDT

I love this shop - so much yarn, a friendly and helpful stuff and a place to sit and knit - and even a place to nurse your child if you have to.

Edit: Unfortunately I do not live anymore near Mass Ave. It's a pity - now I cannot touch most of the yarn I wish to feel and touch. I do not see the colors - this is really a good place. Hope I'll come back sooner or later.

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by Miss-Tam on Monday, May 31 2010 at 04:06PM CDT

Finally visited this store after 13 yrs in IN. It wasn't for me, though I can see why others like it. It was like an explosion in a huge yarn and pattern factory, both in the organization level and the "thoroughly pawed through" condition of the magazines and much of the yarn. This is understandable since "pawing through" is apparently the only way to find anything.

Pros: Probably a good place if you live near and just want to sit and knit a lot. The staff was friendly, willing to answer questions and VERY laid back. Good place to go if there is some 5 or 10 year old magazine or yarn that you are jonesing for. If you dig around long enough you will probably find it. If you like fru-fru novelty yarn, they've got a mondo room of it for cheap. Crochet is obviously embraced by at least some of the staff. A lively discussion of a crochet project was going on when I came in. Most kid friendly shop I've ever been in. Great, off the street parking.

Cons: If you are OCD you will have a nervous breakdown immediately. Don't go here "on a mission". The chances of finding any one specific thing are slim. Questions to the obviously regular and seasoned staff were met with, "IF we have that it will be sort of over there-ish or maybe in that general area" accompanied by a vague arm wave or pointing. They don't mind you asking, they just don't know and don't really worry about where things are or what is there. If you want it, go looking for it. I watched another customer sigh and shake her head and walk away in disgust.

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by theblues1 on Sunday, Mar 28 2010 at 10:55PM CDT

I love this store! Great selection, great staff.

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by Slvrbrd on Wednesday, Feb 04 2009 at 03:02PM CST

Unbelievable selection of yarns for one store!

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by ctknit on Sunday, May 04 2008 at 10:59AM CDT

Although I am located on the far North Side, I find myself constantly returning to Mass Ave for my knitting fix. The staff, unlike other stores, will help you without charge. Walking in is like walking in to Cheers! If they don't know your name, they will before you leave.

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by chrisknits on Tuesday, Dec 11 2007 at 02:14PM CST

I have visited Mass Ave Knits whenever I am in town to visit my sister. Great selection.

In Dec 2007 we were welcomed by Susan for a meet up of the Indiana Group from Ravelry. Susan handed out discount coupons and tote bags. We loved having the room to meet and knit for the afternoon.

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by Anonymous on Sunday, Oct 28 2007 at 05:21PM CDT

Chaotic mess, needs a thorough cleaning. The staff is extremely cliqueish and on several occasions have not spoken or acknowledged my presence and seemed perturbed that I disturbed them to check out. Don't waste your time Stitches and Scones is much nicer and friendlier.

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by Robin Schriefer on Monday, Oct 15 2007 at 11:14AM CDT

I can best describe this store as "organized disarray". Good luck looking for a book or pattern - there are a zillion of them spread all over the store in, what seems like, no apparent order. The selection is large, although the sock selection (my favorite) was poor. The staff, however, was extremely helpful. The lighting is dim, so colors are difficult to discern. I'll stop by their new location next time I'm in Indy, and hope for improvement.

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by counterculture on Monday, Oct 15 2007 at 09:45AM CDT

Where to go to get a fix, even if your budget is small. This is the grandmother of all Hoosier Knit Shops (now that Depot St. in FW is gone).
The staff is the finest around: Susan is full of good knitting karma and you always leave with a smile on your face after talking to her. Jane is fabulous - an expert knitter and true wizard in calculating what you need and sending you on your way.
Even if all you need is sympathy, or help, on your latest project, the friendly guys and gals at the table will scoot over and make room and help you out. And there is food and candy and the place is laid back and friendly - just like it was when it was still off Mass. Ave.
Now it's in Fountain Square, which is very fun and hip and adding little eatries near by.
The yarn selection and return policy is the best anywhere and there is an entire ROOM of clearance yarn!

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by indigoindy on Sunday, Oct 07 2007 at 07:47PM CDT

I love this shop, the selection and most of all the staff!

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