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Prick Your Finger - OUT OF BUSINESS

Added by Maniclook_micro Stacy McDowell-King over 13 years ago / Last Updated over 4 years ago

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Notes

This East London boutique is run by Louise Harries and Rachael Matthews: the former is a knitwear designer who’s worked for Hoxton Boutique and Gucci; the latter, co-founder of Cast Off Knitting Club and author of Knitorama and Hookorama. In the store you’ll find knitting paraphernalia, from homespun yarns upholstery yarns, and chunky yarns from their own sheep. There are knitted cigarette kits, and crochet moustache kits . It also hosts exhibitions and classes, including spinning and Open Surgery (for unfinished projects that need help) and a darning service for sufferers of the dreaded moth attack.

Hours

Tue - Sat:
11:00AM - 06:30PM

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There is so much creative energy in this shop. The staff were friendly and laid-back--gave me some patterns and books to look through but then gave me the room to browse without any pressure. If you're at all into vintage knitting, definitely stop here: millions of reused buttons, lots of old patterns and just inspiration in general. It's also great that everything there is local and eco-friendly.

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by louhie on Saturday, Mar 23 2013 at 09:56AM CDT

This one is a bit tough to review...

The store is not hard to find, physically...it is just that the signage is completely illegible! I have passed the store numerous times and not known what it was as you can't read the sign and the display in the front window is laid flat so unless you are right next to the window, can't even see it is a yarn shop (it is quite dark inside).

That said, the yarn they carry is lovely - really interesting British breeds and yarns. They also have a nice selection of hand dyed colours which they do in store.

The problem is - how to buy it.

They sell by the gram and have no idea how many yards is in the skein! The lovely person in store offered to weigh a yard for me so that we could work it out, but I didn't have time to wait. (Have they never had anyone else ask before??? And I can answer that myself...yes they have. I have since spoken to someone who contacted them online with the same question and never heard back!).

The shop is cute looks all 'olde worlde', the yarns are nice, and the people seemed very helpful and welcoming. Unfortunately buying yarn there feels like too much of a hassle as you would need to have the time for someone to weigh out each yarn for you to calculate how much you need for a project.

Bit of a shame, as the people that run the shop seem so nice. They just need to start thinking like a customer.

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by Marilyn on Saturday, Mar 05 2011 at 02:09AM CST

Prick Your Finger is an amazing place-where else would you find an art gallery in a yarn shop? The place is choc-a-bloc with inspiration-at our art college we were told by out tutors to go check it out! can`t get a higher recommendation than that! feel they really look after their customers too...

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by GERTIE on Saturday, Mar 05 2011 at 01:52AM CST

I`m also surprised by some of the previous comments! Prick Your Finger is easily the best knitting shop in london-more friendly than I Knit London and more interesting than Loop.I have been several times and each time the staff were friendly,helpful and knowledgable and always willing to go the extra mile.
No, you won`t find cheap arcylic monstrosities here-go to John Lewis for that! what you will get is beautiful, natural high quality yarns and a place that is one of the treasures of london!

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by sally on Wednesday, Feb 16 2011 at 02:12PM CST

A wonderful shop full of delightful things to buy..I love the fact that it is British wool too..
I'm surprised that two of the previous reviews found the owners unhelpful for i have found them very helpful, charming and a pleasure to to visit..........Thank you pyf.......carry on the good work....

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by Angied on Tuesday, Nov 23 2010 at 01:24PM CST

Have to agree with previous comment, it's a wonder this shop does ANY business. Takes ages to get seen to as staff deep in conversation with each other and eventually not that helpful. Extremely overpriced wool, needles etc - which if the service was outstanding you'd maybe consider. I also tried to contact them by e-mail and they responded to first one (eventually) and that was that!! Won't bother with them again even though they're very local to me you can't treat potential customers that way.

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by Hannah on Wednesday, Feb 03 2010 at 04:09PM CST

At my visit I found the shop assistants (owners?) deeply involved in conversation with each other, rather than interested in helping a spinning newbie out. I would have loved to chat, learn and spend money, but after being ignored for quite some time, and some short answers to my direct questions, i left the shop nearly empty handed, and I am not going back.
A shame, cause i really liked the idea of having a shop for more locally sourced and small-scale produced yarn.

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by Hannah on Wednesday, Feb 03 2010 at 04:08PM CST

At my visit I found the shop assistants (owners?) deeply involved in conversation with each other, rather than interested in helping a spinning newbie out. I would have loved to chat, learn and spend money, but after being ignored for quite some time, and some short answers to my direct questions, i left the shop nearly empty handed, and I am not going back.
A shame, cause i really liked the idea of having a shop for more locally sourced and small-scale produced yarn.

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by Stitch and Bitch London on Wednesday, Jul 29 2009 at 09:54AM CDT

Prick Your Finger is a kooky ball of fun in Bethnal Green.

They have all kinds of inspiration stuff in there as well as loads of weird and wonderful yarn. They're all packed to the gills with arty events. Their mailing list is well worth signing up to.

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by Anonymous on Thursday, Dec 25 2008 at 06:33AM CST

I love Prick Your Finger, it's the closest shop to my heart. I have a fantasy that my television show will promote hand spinning and we'll all have loads of UK handspun work to work with. As an experienced spinner I just love seeing such beautiful work.
The wooden crochet hook I purchased from Prick Your Finger has become one of my firm favourite.
Pagan healing energy to all yarn workers
Stefan
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by Anonymous on Friday, Aug 22 2008 at 09:59AM CDT

I found this website when searching for stockists of Jamiesons of Shetland yarns. I will visit soon, as I live in Woodford, but meanwhile wanted to let you know that a digit seems to be missing from your phone number at the top of the page. I checked another site and it seems that the exchange is 8981, not 898.

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by Anonymous on Thursday, Aug 07 2008 at 02:42PM CDT

i found this a wonderful shop,where you can get all your wool,needles etc...Def my favourite place....I love the owners,so friendly and funny....

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