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I'm a travelling knitter, made a lot of stops, all over the world... and in every port I've searched around for at least one knitting store. Ah dooba dooba.

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about Cat'Laine on Mon Apr 26 17:18:52 -0500 2010

I visited this store while in Paris recently. There was a decent selection, I mostly noted Katia yarns, and many fine sample garments to oggle. The attendant was helpful, spoke some English, and was content to sit back and let me browse. They don't take credit cards, so stop by the ATM just down the street first!

about Huguet & Cie on Mon Apr 26 17:21:02 -0500 2010

I don't really know how to rate this place, really, as I know some people might not agree with my assessment. It was crazy, and kind of topsy turvy, and had some funny smells. But the assistant was very helpful and I payed only 20 euros for a sweater's worth of nice bulky yarn (of indeterminate origin... it was just sitting around in big hanks). Charmingly, she wrapped it up in brown paper and tied it up with string.

about Le Comptoir on Mon Apr 26 20:24:19 -0500 2010

Visited during a weekday, and took two children along which really seems to be the ultimate test of a french shop keeper's patience (dogs are more welcome, seriously). The lady was nice, however, and helped my daughter pick out new pink-topped wooden needles perfect for her novice fingers. I also bought a couple of bargain skeins. The fixtures in the store (wooden shelving, counters) were so old fashioned and charming, though not welcoming for petting the yarn. There was a great selection of Noro, Habu, and other really nice yarns I can't quite remember now. There were lots of things for crafters of other sorts (quilting, enbroidering, sewing generally, ribbons and notions, etc) but that's not my thing so I didn't notice much beyond the charming displays. This was one of my favorite yarn-stops in Paris.

about Le Bon Marché on Mon Apr 26 20:32:10 -0500 2010

I visited recently while on vacation, and almost didn't include this on my Paris yarn crawl, but I'm glad I did. I was wowed by the selection (like thousands of skeins of yarn), and I guess these other posters who are claiming it a "selection of basic yarns" are used to going to much nicer yarn stores than I am! Anyway, I was happy to fondle a number of Rowan yarns, not to mention the largest selection of Noro types and colorways that I've ever been in the presence of, and I was happy to see some french yarns present (Phildar, Bouton d'Or). I try to select local yarns for my souvenir purchases. There was also a good selection of notions, buttons, zippers, needles, finishing touches... as well as a counter of super fab buttons from La Drougerie. It was bustley, and the staff was very busy.

about L'OisiveThé, Salon de Thé et Yarn Shop. on Mon Apr 26 20:38:47 -0500 2010

So, I was sort of looking forward to this stop on my yarn-visit through Paris (and indeed went quite out of my way since it's sort of in the suburbs), but I was a little disappointed. As vocal as the proprietress is on the Ravelry forums, I figured visitors would get a warmer welcome. It was indeed a little awkward to maneuver around the tables to get at the yarn, and the signs that said basically "keep your grubby mitts of the yarn" were also not very welcoming. Ultimately I couldn't resist and bought a couple of rather high-priced yarns imported from North America. I was fobbed off on the manager's (owner's?) co-worker who seemed to be in training. All in all, not a very positive experience even though I made it out of there with some great yarn (Lorna's Laces and Sweet Georgia). I don't think I'll go back, given the opportunity.

about Sofies garn og bymøbler on Mon Apr 26 22:25:23 -0500 2010

This is my own personal LYS, right around the corner, so I find myself here quite a lot. The owner is kind and helpful, but I can't help feeling like the store is just her personal stash opened up to the public... you can tell her tastes! Lots in the green-blue-purple color department, less on the red-pink-brown side. The selection is nice, but not widely varied, mostly Filatura di Crosa and I bought some Du Store Alpaka here, but I'm not sure she carries it anymore. She doesn't carry a lot of needles/notions, so don't stop by for an emergency DPN replacement. It's worth a visit, if you are in the neighborhood.

about Tjorven on Mon Apr 26 22:29:03 -0500 2010

This is one of my favorite yarn stores in the city, and conveniently located on subway, tram, and buslines. They have a great selection of Norwegian yarns (I'm pretty sure I've seen Dale, Rauma, and the other more generic boot-sock yarns) as well as some Rowan, Noro, and other fancy yarns. There's a good selection of colors usually varieties. There is a nice cabinet of notions (zippers, darning needles, sock-reinforcer thread, etc.) and needles. The staff is helpful but content to let you browse.

about Strikkedilla - Oslo City on Mon Apr 26 22:31:29 -0500 2010

This is a small crowded shop, but well stocked with the expected Norwegian yarns. Don't look for anything fancy... no Noro here. It's centrally located, the staff is helpful, and there's lots of pretty samples to inspire you. If you are just breezing through town, it's right across from the main train station and worth a visit.

about StrikkeLilly on Mon Apr 26 22:34:22 -0500 2010

I always seem to find what I want here, and the owner is always proactively helpful. I look forward to my visit every time. The shop often offers good deals on low-stock yarn, or yarn they don't plan to carry again. There are many beautiful samples, and some of them are even for sale (for the knitter who is known to knit gifts, but is pressed for time...). There is another "Bente's Boutique" in a different part of town (Carl Berners Plass) which is less well equiped and generally less pleasant to visit. I always go to the one in Sagene instead.

about Bogerud på Gunerius Senteret on Mon Apr 26 22:38:31 -0500 2010

I was surprised to stumble across yarn in this otherwise unremarkable clothing department store (upper floor of the shopping center, at the back). The selection is smallish, and very Norwegian, obviously for knitting socks or the child's wool suit to wear under the snowsuit. On the other hand, the yarn is cheap and unassuming... good for what it's good for. And, it is centrally located nearish to the main train station.

about Northwest Wools on Mon Apr 26 22:42:46 -0500 2010

I was lucky enough to live in the same neighborhood for some time, and I visited this store many times. This was the first place I ever fondled Manos, Mission Falls, and Rowan yarns. This was my first introduction to the idea of actually spinning yarn... people still do that?! An eye-opener for me at the time. This store is one of the treasures of Multnomah Village.

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