Where to Buy Knitting Supplies
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I am an inexperienced knitter who is occasionaly looking for
someone to ''finish'' projects for me, from sewing a pom-pom onto
a knitted hat or sewing up the seams of booties and putting
ribbon or crochet through the eyelet holes. I am looking either
for a professional who offers these kinds of services or someone
who is very experienced and looking to make a little money on
the side. Thank you for any help you can offer. I checked the
archives and couldn't find anything and I also asked at Skein
lane and they didn't really recommend anyone.
A knitter but not a finisher
Try Article Pract, a new yarn store on Telegraph Avenue in
Oakland, right off 51st Street. I saw business cards there for a
finishing service. Another good possibility is The Knitting
Basket on Mountain Blvd in Montclair. I am pretty sure they
offer the same service. Hope this helps,
I think Song Palmese (former owner of eKnitting in Berkeley)
does finishing for a fee. I saw her card up at Article Pract in
Oakland. I don't have her contact information but the phone
number for that yarn store is 510-652-7435. Most yarn stores
will be able to refer you to someone who does professional
(I also recommend the ''I Hate to Finish Sweaters'' book by Janet
Szabo, but you didn't ask that!)
a fellow knitter
Can anyone recommend a good knitting/yarn shop in San
Francisco? Thank you!
Years ago I took knitting classes at Atelier in SF. It's on Divisadero at
California. Grace Cooper is the owner. She has gorgeous yarn. Not
cheap, but definitely beautiful stuff. I also really enjoyed the classes
(socks, hats, and seamless sweater classes are what I took).
Try L'Atelier on Divisadero & California or Greenwich Yarn
(can't remember exactly, but look it up in the white pages) on
Greenwich. Also, Art Fibre, downtown on Sutter Street.
The two yarn stores that I am familiar with in the city are
Atelier Yarns at 1945 Divisadero (415-771-1550) and ArtFibers at
124 Sutter Street,near Union Square (415-956-6319). Both are
worth a visit. ArtFibers sells its own unique brand of yarns,
which it buys from manufacturers catering to the fashion
I have also heard of a brand new yarn store called Imagiknit,
located at 3897 18th Street (415-621-6642) but haven't checked
it out yet. Happy knitting,
I believe there are several. Atelier on Divisadero is the only
one I know by name. There's also one on Sacramento west of the
Good luck, Liz
Straw Into Gold has closed its
retail operation. LW.
I'm posting this for a colleague. She is looking for a good knitting
store in the Berkeley/Oakland area. "One with a little old lady knitting
behind the counter who can give you all kinds of help and advice, not just
some place that sells acrylic yarn." She wants to knit a baby gift for a
Straw Into Gold may be what your colleague is looking for. It's on the
corner of San Pablo and Ashby in Berkeley. They have classes, and have been
fairly helpful with stitch and stock questions. They're closed on Sundays.
They have quite a large variety of yarns, patterns, and accessories.
-- Mollie (6/99)
Skein Lane in El Cerrito on Fairmont (across from Fat Apples) might be what
she's looking for. -- Deborah (6/99)
I would highly recommend Skein Lane in El Cerrito. It is a small store
with lots of personal help and interesting yarn products. Carolyn, the
proprietor, is very knowledgable and helpful and also runs knitting
classes through the store. The store is located on Fairmount Ave. near
Colusa and across the street from Fat Apples. Phone is 525-1828, e-mail
is email@example.com and they are open at least part of every day of the
-- Wendy (6/99)
My favorite yarn store is Creative Accents in San Leandro 351-5760.
It's located in a funky old style shopping mall called Pelton Center
and looks from the outside like a picture framing store. It has the
requisite lady knitting behind the counter, and a lovely selection of
yarns of all kinds. Check out the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for a
baby blanket. The Knitting Basket in Montclair has the ladies to give
advice, but carries primarily expensive designer yarns. Straw Into
Gold sells nice yarns and has classes, but I am not keen on their
selection of baby yarns. There is a store in El Cerrito called Skein
Lane that I have not visited, but their but their yarns looked good at
the big Stitches conference this year.
-- Eleanor (6/99)
"straw into gold" on the corner of san pablo and ashby.
they know what they're talking about,
and they also have classes.
-- Kath (6/99)
I know of two good knitting shops: one is Straw Into Gold, at San Pablo
and Ashby. It offers knitting classes and some behind the counter help,
and a very broad selection of yarns, patterns and other handcraft
materials. It's a bit warehouse-y and you do have to search to find
what you need. The other store is the Knitting Basket, on Mountain Blvd
(?) in Montclair Village. Very good selection of highend yarns, very
-- Wendy (6/99)
Straw Into Gold on San Pablo has good prices, great help from very
experienced knitters and a good selection of a wide variety of yarns.
The Knitting Basket in Montclair has steep prices, good help and a
beautiful selection of pricey designer type yarns. Straw Into Gold has
more of a warehouse feel, while The Knitting Basket feels like a
boutique. I myself go to Straw Into Gold because it's cheaper and they
still have some very nice yarns (they carry Rowan) and the staff
people can get very ethusiastic about your projects.
Have fun! (6/99)
Straw Into Gold at the corner of Ashby and San Pablo
is nice, depending on who is behind the counter!
Straw Into Gold on the corner of Ashby and San Pablo. Although it is a
large store, it is owned and staffed by people who love to knit, spin, and
weave. They will advise you and they have classes as well.
-- Elysse (6/99)
Try "Straw Into Gold" on San Pablo Avenue just south of Ashby. It may not
have a little old lady knitting behind the counter, but they have fabulous
selections of all kinds of yarn. -- becky (6/99)
For a good knitting store, you can't beat "Straw into Gold", at 3006 San
Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, at the corner of Ashby Avenue.
There's also a smaller store across the street from Fat Apple's restaurant
in El Cerrito. I think it's called "Crewel World".
-- beverly (6/99)
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