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Yarn Shop Reviews

Fantastic Fibers
1035 South Cobb St.
Palmer, AK 99645

Reviewed by Sherry Waddell

If you visit Fantastic Fibers, it's unlikely you'll ever desire another yarn shop. The name says it all! Located near downtown Palmer, the shop caters to not only knitters and crocheters, but those involved in all areas of the fiber arts. The friendly owner is energetic and very helpful. She carries a huge variety of yarn and accessories, from the lower 48 and outside. She also sells a nice variety of yarn that she obtains locally. Her shop is beautifully organized too. There are a variety of classes held every month of the year, for children through adults, which she describes in her monthly newsletter. 5/07

Knitting Grounds
401 E. 92nd Ave.
Anchorage, AK 99502
907) 336-5648

Reviewed by Daniella Cortez

I found The Knitting Grounds which is the coolest yarn store. Seriously. First of all, the minute we walk through the door I am greeted with the less than threatening bark of a miniature schnauzer that looks exactly like my Dixie. Knitting Grounds is in a converted warehouse space, that from the outside looks like it should house a mechanic, lots of cigarette butts and some sort of vehicle in a state of disrepair. What you do find inside is surprising and all together pleasant: a huge amount of yarn, a very friendly owner and the aforementioned Schnauzer.

I did buy yarn from them. My ironclad will collapsed at the feet of a tiny black Schnauzer and some GORGEOUS Blue Sky Alpaca sport weight. But only two hanks! Seriously. Oh, and the current copy of IK that I had been searching for. I managed to make it out under $30. Which in my opinion, is incredible, considering I rarely make it out of Michaels for less than $50 and they don't even have nice yarn. 6/07

Mission Street Arts and Fibers
500 Misson Street
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Summer Hours: Sun 9 am-3 pm, M & T 9 am-5 pm, W & Th 9 am-7 pm, F & Sat 9 am-5 pm
Winter Hours: vary (call first)
Cheri Pyles, owner

Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

I learned of this shop from, of all sources, Alaska's AAA tour book. It is touted as "Bead and Knitting Heaven". Our cruise ship dock was within a block of the Market, easily seen from our ship.

The shop is spacious, compared to most. The Bead section was on one side of the store and the Knitting section on the other. The yarns were beautiful, plenty of notions and books. I found the staff friendly and helpful.

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