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Linda's Profile

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Chicago
Member Since:
Wed Jan 12 12:43:14 -0600 2011
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1
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About Linda

I recently took up knitting again after a 25-year layoff, and I am addicted! Anything but socks. I had to stop trying to learn how to knit socks, for my own sanity.

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Linda's Favorite Yarn Stores

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Three Bags Full Knitting Studio
Northbrook, IL
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Linda's Comments

about Three Bags Full Knitting Studio on Wed Jan 12 13:38:33 -0600 2011

Love this place! Great service, great atmosphere, great selection. Lots of room to move around. The people who work here are genuinely nice. You can tell they love to knit and also like people. Also they know their stock really well and can suggest substitutions if they don't have exactly the yarn I'm looking for. I drop in here at lunchtime even if I don't need anything, just for a little break from life. I have not found another LYS that I like nearly as much.

about C. R. Yarn on Fri Jan 14 13:22:26 -0600 2011

While I think it's fabulous that there is a yarn store in downtown RC, my experience here was a disappointment. It was shortly after they moved. the owner was injured and had no help. Selection is quite good including locally produced yarn. I was totally on my own wandering through the store (which is amusingly reminiscent of the shoe store that used to be there). The single question that I asked - whether they carried straight needles - received the astonishing response that they were still looking for a good supplier. While the owner may love yarn and may love knitting, she did not show any understanding of how to run a business. I know I probably got her on a bad day, hoping things have improved.

about CloseKnit, Inc. on Tue Jan 18 15:39:31 -0600 2011

Somewhat cramped but a nice selection, and I scored some awesome finds in the sale bin. Service was OK. This is a nice place to browse, especially if you are not claustrophobic.

about Yarns Unlimited on Tue Jan 18 15:46:06 -0600 2011

This is one of my favorite yarn stores. The staff is extremely friendly, as are the clientele (at least on the day I was there), and the yarn selection is so great, it's almost overwhelming. I was there on a football Saturday. We did find parking on the square.

There are lots of fun knitting projects displayed everywhere. I also felt like the owners are proud to be part of the community, they have maps and other Bloomington info prominently displayed. I look forward to my next visit.

about Fun with Fiber on Mon May 09 17:40:22 -0500 2011

When I visit the Detroit area on business, I usually hear about how bad the economy is. I stopped into this little yarn store recently, and it was a brief and refreshing break.

It was a little tricky finding the store since it is around the corner and does not actually face out onto 12 Mile, but I persisted and eventually found it.

The first thing I noticed is that it was bright, definitely the brightest yarn store I have ever visited. There are windows on 2 walls. It really was great to look at yarn colors in natural and abundant light.

There was the usual crowd of women knitting around a big table. They all seemed to be having a good time. I was greeted when I came into the store, and the workers checked with me a couple of times, but for the most part I was left alone, which was just fine with me.

The store is not huge but has a very good selection, and the layout is easy to figure out. It helped that I was really just waiting for some yarn to catch my eye and not looking for anything specific.

The only little hiccup was when I needed some straight needles. This isn't the first time I've been at a store where the needle selection was not satisfactory. I happen to think any great yarn store needs to have plenty of needle options. At this store on this day the owner made it clear that ordering more needles was somewhere vague on her list of priorities.

Overall, though, this seems like a place where people enjoy spending time, and next time I am in the Detroit area I will definitely set aside some time for a return visit.

about Boucle Yarn Studio on Tue Jun 28 15:44:57 -0500 2011

I really enjoyed my visit to this store. I guess it was kind of dark inside, although I didn't think about it at the time. I was pretty overwhelmed by the variety of yarns including some pretty high end varieties. I also loved seeing the samples and swatches made with the various yarns.

about Prairie Fiber Arts Center on Tue Jun 28 15:49:20 -0500 2011

This store has a great selection, well organized and well lit. Lots of appealing samples made up - I got a free scarf pattern with my yarn purchase and can't wait to make it.

about Mouliné on Tue Nov 08 15:57:09 -0600 2011

I traveled to Montreal recently and was so excited to visit a Canadian yarn store. Unfortunately, it was a less than perfect experience. We were basically ignored by the staff, a man and two young women. The man was haranguing the women about stocking the bins and just complaining in general. He was really quite unpleasant. It is not a large store and I felt very uncomfortable listening to him. I do not ask for a lot of attention from staff while I am browsing, but I do like to be greeted. Also I expect a yarn store to be a haven from the outside world and not the domain of crabby people.

The store is amply stocked. I made some nice selections and received adequate service from one of the young ladies. She was not particularly friendly but I felt sorry for her having to work with that guy all day.

about Yarnify! on Tue Nov 15 16:55:15 -0600 2011

This store is a bit off the beaten path but well worth the extra trip. You take the CTA Red Line to Harrison and you don't mind a lot of stairs, you can find the Polk Street exit which leaves you right in front of the store. Otherwise you can use the regular Harrison exit and walk about 3 blocks through not the greatest neighborhood.

The store itself is amply stocked, with separate rooms by yarn weight. There are bargains downstairs. Staff was friendly but left me alone until I asked for help, then they were very helpful. There was a nice young man working there - so great to meet a guy who loves working with yarn!

As other commenters have mentioned, there is a ton of Cascade here, but other brands are represented as well. So far this is the best yarn store I have found within Chicago city limits. If you are downtown, love yarn, and have a couple of hours to kill, this is definitely the place to go.

about Phildar Printemps Haussmann on Tue Jun 19 14:04:08 -0500 2012

On a recent visit to Paris, I was intimidated by the things I had read about visiting yarn stores there. When I discovered that (gasp!) I had inadvertently forgotten most of the yarn I was planning to bring, I knew I had a true yarn emergency and it was time to toughen up. Happy to report it worked out very well.

First of all, this location was easy to find, being located on the 4th floor of the Home Store of the great department store Printemps. Secondly, the workers were friendly but happy to leave me to browse. It was fun to look at yarn made in France, fetchingly arranged by style and color. It was tough to choose but I ended up with some fun selections.

The yarn I felt was quite reasonably priced. The selection of needles and other notions was rather sparse, but all in all a very good experience. Even my husband would tell you this was one of his better experiences in a yarn store.

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