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Philadelphia, PA

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about A Good Yarn on Sun Oct 14 12:33:10 -0500 2007

This store is packed with interesting yarn. They have lots of sock yarn, including from a few indie dyers and hard-to-find companies. They also carry Louet yarn, which can be somewhat hard to find. Their selection in all categories is outstanding and their prices are fair. Staff is helpful without being insistent.

about Puttin' on the Knitz on Sun Oct 14 12:27:42 -0500 2007

This is the closest yarn store to where I live, and the one I go to least. I know there are people who love this store, but I find the vibe to be very unwelcoming. Almost a "why did you bother coming in here" attitude if you want to look around, and the yarn is not especially well organized or extensive in terms of selection.

about Rosie's Yarn Cellar on Sat Oct 27 07:11:28 -0500 2007

Rosie's has very friendly staff, and a big selection crammed into a tiny space. The space is the drawback, in my opinion. Rosie's is a few cozy basement rooms, with yarn to the ceiling. If there are more than 2 other customers it gets hard to move, and it is hard to see all the yarn, or take one down from the shelf. They do have a broad range of yarns, not all high end, and what they have is very nice. They also have some spinning fibers from Black Bunny Fibers.

about Sophie's Yarns on Sat Oct 27 11:52:04 -0500 2007

The staff person at Sophie's was the most helpful, nicest person! Unfortunately the stock was rather low on the day I stopped in, so it was hard to get a sense of the store. They did have lots of Adirondack Yarn Co. yarns, and lots of various Cascade Yarns, including a nice selection of Madil Kid Seta. It also looked very comfortable, with many pattern books and a nice work space. I did not see any spinning supplies when I was there in October 2007.

about Vagabond on Sat Oct 27 11:46:53 -0500 2007

Vagabond is actually a clothing store with a few yarns out back. Among the clothing is some hand knit things, including some lovely caps from Italy ($40). However, this is not a yarn destination at all. The yarn is pretty sad and random - lopi lite next to cashmere blends, and lamb's pride and manos, mostly in neutral (remaindered?) colors. It looks like an afterthought out back.

about Loop on Sat Oct 27 07:06:34 -0500 2007

I think loop is a great yarn store for high end yarns. Every skein in the store seems to have been chosen with care. They have many cashmere or cashmere blend yarns, including Sauveterre. The salesperson told me they are one of only 5 US distributors of this yarn. Certainly I have not seen it in a LYS before. Even the yarns that you can find elsewhere, like Koigu, are so abundant and beautiful here (a whole wall of Koigu) that it seems that someone must choose to stock each one. The prices are completely standard for the yarns they carry. The staff is nice, and the ability to get your yarn wound into a cake before you leave is appreciated. They have a very nifty electric ball winder. I wish that I lived in Philadelphia so that this could be my LYS!

about Sommerfuglen on Wed Jul 08 17:26:30 -0500 2009

I've been to every yarn store in Copenhagen, Lund and Malmo that I could find on KnitMap (and that was open - a couple were closed for summer vacation) and this one is by far the best! Best selection, lovely person running the store, and a bonus: great button selection! There were more North American yarns by far than any other store (over 30 skeins of HandMaiden Casbah, for example), as well as Danish yarns. Very little acrylic, but a bit if that's what you want. No Opal that I saw at least, which I found easily elsewhere, but quite a bit of other sock yarn (lots of Regia). Danish prices are definitely higher than Swedish at the current exchange rate, but the prices in this store seemed standard for Denmark. I would gladly return to this store again and again.

about Uldstedet on Wed Jul 08 17:29:16 -0500 2009

OK, but not as big a selection as Sommerfuglen, which is nearby. The owner is pleasant and there was a big selection of cotton yarns when I was there in July.

about Strikkeboden on Wed Jul 08 17:32:48 -0500 2009

I was put off by a baby sweater hanging in the window with some obvious dropped and raveling stitches in it - quite unattractive. The yarn looks nice on the shelves, but the selection and prices are not interesting. Sommerfuglen is much better.

about The Knitting Knook on Sun Jul 18 00:55:01 -0500 2010

I stopped in today and was delighted by this shop. There was an excellent selection of yarns, including sock yarn, and a great range of prices and fibers. The shop is spacious and well laid out. They have an especially good selection of yarns from South America, and more different Cascade brand items than I have seen before. They also have an excellent pattern selection, and a friendly, helpful staff person. This is really a gem of a store.

about The Elegant Ewe on Sun Jul 18 00:58:22 -0500 2010

This store has such a good selection of yarn. There is lots of luxury yarn at reasonable prices, and many staple yarns as well. There is a lot crammed into one store, but I did not find it crowded. I could happily spend a long time here. They have a nice selection of store patterns and many good yarns to use with the patterns. They have spinning fiber too, and some local roving, which was very nice. Definitely worth a stop.

about The Fiber Studio on Sun Jul 18 01:02:58 -0500 2010

I stumbled on this store but I will definitely be back! It has a great selection of yarn of all varieties, it has undyed yarn, it has weaving yarn on cones, dyes, lovely beads and buttons, and even spinning wheels and fiber upstairs. It would be nice if it had a better selection of spinning fiber (undyed) but overall, it is a perfect destination for an hour of browsing for supplies for all these crafts.

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