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about A La Tricoteuse on Sun Jun 07 07:11:25 -0500 2009

I agree with the previous reviews. I've gone in about three different times when I happened to be in the area and each time, I found the "service" to be cold and unwelcoming.

For me, most of the experience of knitting is tactile - I need to see and especially feel the yarn before purchasing. The old lady followed me around the store, harrumphing at the way I dared touch any of her over-priced yarn. The final straw was when I asked if she had a ball winder to wind up some yarn for immediate knitting. I was told to do this at home. I decided not to purchase the 4 skeins of Colinette sock yarn - she lost almost $100 in sales that day. Instead, I went to another yarn store in the Atwater area and spent about $200.

about A Needlepoint Store by Maryjo Cole on Mon May 03 00:36:40 -0500 2010

Very small with limited yarn and knitting book selection. Yarns were overpriced ($48 for a skein of indie-dyed sock yarn!)

about Newbury Yarns on Mon May 03 00:38:13 -0500 2010

Small and overpriced. None of the prices were marked either on the yarn itself or the shelves holding the yarn. Limited selection of yarn books, which were all well-thumbed and in some cases, damaged.

about Seaport Yarn on Mon Oct 08 14:09:21 -0500 2012

It was my first visit to Seaport Yarns and I don't think I'll be back. I didn't see anything that I couldn't find elsewhere for the same price or less.

I also found the store very messy and unorganized. The store moved from Floor 5 to Floor 4... several months ago! Although they have a ton of yarn, it was difficult to find enough in the same dyelot for a larger project since everything was unorganized. You may be different but I get a little nervous when a yarn store is messy and dusty -- I start wondering about the cleanliness of the yarn. Hopefully, they'll be able to organize and give the place a good clean soon.

For those still wanting to go visit, the location is not marked at all. There is no signage either outside or inside. It's very close to Century 21, on Broadway. You should also check their website as their business hours have changed (and the picture on the website does NOT resemble their new location).

about Espace Tricot on Mon Oct 08 14:26:06 -0500 2012

I have to say that this is the nicest yarn store in Montreal that I've been to. Although the space is small, they have a wide selection in terms of both yarn and needles. Everything is clean and organized, and they even have a small seating area for those not obsessed with yarn to sit while you shop. They are also the only Canadian store that I've heard of that carries Sweet Georgia (!) and Habu (!!!) Needless to say, I stocked up.

I also thought the service was good. I got mixed up and showed up 20 minutes before they closed -- and right before a holiday. Even so, the staff took the time to pull some extra skeins I needed/wanted, instead of rushing me out the door.

I'll definitely be back!

about Americo Original on Mon Oct 08 14:48:17 -0500 2012

After seeing a sample of the lace-weight at a LYS, I checked out the store the next time I was in Toronto. Although the store carries only their own brand, it is beautiful. Their yarn is also different from the large commercial producers, which is nice if you want something a little more unique.

The owner was friendly and struck the right balance between being on hand to answer any questions while not hovering over me. I ended up purchasing the Addi Clicks set and she threw in a couple extra skeins and free needle tips (!)

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