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Yarn Shop Reviews
British Columbia

Aunt Debbie's Knit and Stitch
#9-5725 Vedder Road
Vedder Village Center
Chilliwack, BC V2R 3N4

Reviewed by Debbie Cote

Who knew that such a nice store existed in Chilliwack? A couple of months ago, my girlfriend and I were on our way to Cultis Lake to camp. On Vedder Road we noticed a roadside sign that caught our eye: knitting classes starting soon. Since we only live in Abbotsford and we both have wanted to learn to knit, we decided to checkout the store. Well, let me tell you! The store was busy.

Who would have thought that knitting in August would have been on anyone's mind? We met the owner Debbie a very nice and extremely knowledgeable lady. After spending about an hour browsing through the patterns and looking at the samples, we decided to book our beginner class. In two classes I was able to make a dish cloth. I now have the bug! My kitchen now has enough dish cloths for the rest of my life.

I have now graduated to a simple sweater (several trips back for help). Every time I returned for help, Debbie took the time to show me where I went wrong. That is something you don't find these days. This is my way of saying, thank you to Debbie for the time and patience she had with me and everyone that came through the door when I was there. People like her and a store like this is hard to find!

Chilliwack Wool & Craft Shop
45717 Ontario Ave
Chilliwack, BC V2P 6S8

Reviewed by Diane Neufeld

I saw an ad for knitting classes, and had to check it out. I have been wanting to knit for many years, but haven't found anyone patient enough to put up with me and my two left hands! I went to this wonderful little shop, and met the two most amazingly kind and patient women, Hannie and Susan. They welcomed me to join the Tuesday night knitting class and they started me with a scarf. Thanks to their caring and gentle ways of teaching, I made a dozen scarves! I was so hooked! The service is absolutely the best and they are always helpful. Every time I drop a stitch, they show me how to fix it, and sometimes they do it for me...Wonderful! I go into withdrawal if I miss a Tuesday night knitting class!

Hannie and Susan have encouraged me to do more, and I have been knitting sweaters, cable purses, felted bags, and even a felted rose for my mom on mother's day! The shop is well stocked, clean, organized, and staffed by wonderful ladies. They carry all sorts of cross stitch and needlework crafts,and if they don't have something, most times they will order it in for you. 5/07

Island Yarn
926 Dubeau Street
Campbell River, BC V9W 2L6
Owners: Brenda Edwards and Debbi Eriksen
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Reviewed by Alison Boucher

This nice little shop is nestled in the quiet coastal city of Campbell River, in the heart of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The store is now in its second year of operation, and has steadily built a loyal clientele. They carry an excellent selection of Paton's yarns and patterns, as well as a nice selection from other suppliers such as Bernat/Spinrite, Sirdar, etc. They carry a wide range of knitting and crochet supplies, as well as a small selection of latch hook supplies, and a number of consignment projects from local crafters.

This is a great little yarn store, and the owners are striving to make it even better. They readily order in supplies for customers, and eagerly provide assistance to those who request it. Their prices are quite competitive, and the store is well laid out and easy to navigate. So if you get the chance, stop into this nice little shop, located behind the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in downtown Campbell River. There's a great little barber shop next door, so you can send your partner for a trim while you go browsing. I say this, because if you browse yarn shops like I do for hours on end, you learn to keep your non-fiber fanatical friends and family occupied while they wait!

2419 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC V7V 2L3 604-922-1023

Reviewed by Elizabeth Smith

Knit- n -Stitch in West Vancouver offers an amazing array of yarns from around the world, friendly staff, super classes, books, supplies, you name it!

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by E. Gagnon

This store has a huge selection! Every nook and cranny is filled with beautiful yarn. There is a cozy sitting area with comfy chairs and sofas where you can sit and knit. The owner is very helpful and knowledgeable. I just wish this store was closer to home as I know I would visit more often (my last visit was in the summer...time to go back!). They offer a lifetime membership which gets you unlimited lessons. The store is closed on Mondays, but on Monday evenings they are open for members to sit and knit and get help with their projects.

Three Bags Full
4458 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 3R3

Reviewed by Isabelle Henderson

Although a new knitter, I like to check out yarn shops while travelling since there are only 2 lys where I live in Columbia, SC. The shop was busy but the staff were very friendly and helpful, explaining the various yarns, their origin and fiber content and pointing out the Canadian and especially British Columbia yarns. They were helping a customer who had a problem with a sweater they were making, someone else selecting yarn and a couple people just looking. They had many knitted garments displayed to highlight the qualities of the yarns they carried and were very knowledgeable when asked questions. They also offered to wind yarn hanks into balls,despite being busy. I bought 2 yarns from BC which will be a wonderful souvenir of our trip and am only sorry that the shop is not where I live. Very nice selection, wonderful staff. 8/11

Uptown Yarns
#206-307 Fifth Street
Courtenay, BC V9N1J9

Reviewed by Maureen Simpkins

This lovely little yarn store in the middle of downtown Courtenay is run by Jennifer Gladwin. She has some beautiful yarns both high quality imported and domestic and lots of ideas for using them. A large selection of patterns too.

Jennifer is always there to help and I make a point of stopping in there when I'm visiting the Island. She also gives lessons. Be sure to check this out. It's in a mini-mall off Fifth Street.

Wool and Wicker
120-12051 Second Ave.
Richmond, BC V7E 3L6

Reviewed by Paulette Lane

Nestled on 2nd Avenue in the historic village of Steveston, Wool and Wicker offers yarns, books, magazines and kits with a few baskets on the side. Owner, Diane Debray, is extremely knowledgeable and always has time to help solve your knitting problem or make yarn suggestions or substitutions.

The wide variety of yarns is organized by colour with sock yarns, kits and books having their own room. Lots of beautiful sweaters on display, a toy corner for the kids and comfy padded benches to relax on while you are trying to decide.

Workshops and lessons are always in progress. Dedicated to quality, value and service.

Parking on the street or in the back behind the store. Direct bus from downtown Vancouver. Close to walking areas, a fresh fish dock, gourmet restaurants.

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