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Yarn Shop Reviews

A Stitch in Time
276 Greenwood Ave
Bethel, CT 06801

Reviewed by Patricia Cahill

What a cute needlework shop. Whether it be knitting or needlepoint they seem to have it. Unfortunately I like to do both which means I have to have plenty of time to explore. The staff is friendly and gives you space when you need it. They offer classes as well as a help desk on Fridays for knitting and open stitching for needlepoint on Mondays. If you're looking for one stop shopping this is the place to be. 5/08

Creative Fibers
645 Poquonock Ave.
Windsor CT, 06095

Reviewed by C. Was

A wonderful and helpful store filled with all type of yarns. Every accessory and needle needed is also available. Well stocked, easy to get to right off I 91, exit 38. 5/07

The Fabric Tree
Sugar Hollow Road (by Danbury Airport)
Danbury, CT 06810 (one exit beyond the mall)
203 792-5252

Reviewed by Nancy Esner

One of the best kept secrets in the Danbury area is the yarn department at the Fabric Tree. In the past year and a half it has more than doubled its size. JoAnn is there Wednesday through Saturday to answer any and every question you may have about knit and crochet. She is an expert beyond belief and has the patience of a saint. The yarn selection is incredible and the emphasis is on knitting, not just novelty yarn for scarves, but sweaters, ponchos, purses (for felting too). There are drop in classes on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 and evenings from 6:30-8:30. The atmosphere is relaxed, sociable and the peace is there that we knitters all seek when plying our favorite past time. There is also a knitting guild held right there at the store on the first Friday of every month. TKGA approved, it is called the Fairfield County Knitting Tree and all knitters and crocheters are welcome!

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by M. Beth Rhodes

I read about this shop on the yarn shop reviews on this site and actually did not know previously that they sell yarn. What a treasure trove of fine yarns! They have beautiful hand dyes, especially the yarns of Carol Martin! Jo Ann carries the largest collection of Carol Martin yarns in Ct. And they give a discount to members of any knitting guild, and of course TKGA. I joined their guild and I'm looking forward to the next meeting!

Lula's Melange
26 Church Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Reviewed by Tamath K. Rossi

Lula's is a fabulous and cozy shop that carries the most incredibly unique yarns! The vibrant colors and varied textures displayed among finished projects makes one yearn to start their next project! In addition are all the supplies a knitter needs from the most basic to beautiful bamboo needles and antique buttons. Lucille (aka Lula) also carries kits, and incredible reference and project books and also offers jewelery making and knitting with beads kits.

Lula creates a warm and welcoming shop and encourages shoppers to come with questions and problems and will sit with anyone who needs help and take the time to get you back on track or help out with projects. Lula runs an ever changing class schedule (in addition to private sessions) that includes varied techniques and projects. Lula also offers children classes that my daughter is still raving about! Many customers travel miles to come to her shop and as an ever returning customer I have to say it is well worth any trip!

Mystic River Yarns
14 Holmes Street
Mystic CT 06355

Reviewed by Marcia Moore

I stumbled on this quite by accident and what a nice trip. Great shop with friendly knowledgeable people working there. They carry many of the beautiful Ellen Cooper hand dyed yarns, plus all the popular eyelash and ladder yarns for those popular scarves that everyone is making. I love the wool as well as the cottons ( even tho it is winter and the cottons are not quite in season. They carry all the needles you could ever want, swifts, winders, books, patterns and enough yarn to break any knitters pocket book. They have Wednesday night workshops and friday morning workshops for those of us who need a little reinforcement and encouragement. Hours are wed thru sat 11-5:30. Lunch at the Riverwalk cafe topped my day off nicely.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Karen Taniguchi

I found this shop on the map for visitors to Mystic, CT. As a "born again" knitter after 37 years away from the practice, I can't get enough of all the yarns available. The selection is mind-boggling. The perfect yarns were purchased for a Christmas gift for a future daughter-in-law and a sweater for me. And, for those of you who like mugs, they offer a lovely mug for your tea or coffee when you take a break from making your lovely creations. 6/07

A Stitch In Time
9 PT Barnum Square
Bethel, CT

Reviewed by Patty Cain

I recently found a new needlework shop right next door. The owner, Eva Donnelly and her staff are most helpful and very friendly. They greet you when you first walk in and try to offer you some assistance. If you are just looking they give you that freedom. If you need any assistance they are readily available. It is a small shop but it seems to offer many items and if you can't find it or by some instance they don't have it they will special order it for you. They have a wide selection of cross-stitch charts, kits and fabric. When it comes to needlepoint they have a great selection of canvases, ornaments, some with stitch charts, and someone on staff who does custom needlework design. What a thrill. They also have some knitting yarn and as time goes on that will expand according to the owner. They have an array of classes available and they are open late on Thursdays. A nice treat to those of us who work more than we care to. If you get a chance to, stop by. It is located in the PT Barnum Square in an old colonial that use to be a book store.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Susan Winters

A creative oasis in the middle of Bethel! Eva Donelly, the owner of this shop, and her staff are the nicest and friendliest people you could meet. They always go the extra mile in making the customers happy. This shop has an extensive supply of needlepoint and cross stitch materials with a constantly expanding yarn section. The yarns sold here are first quality. Lots of creative ideas are displayed. I have taken a few of the classes (my favorite was the dp needle socks class!) and they are all fun and interesting. Eva has placed special orders for me. When I was looking for a particular project, she did not rest until she found it for me. This gem of a shop is well worth the trip from anywhere in Fairfield County or nearby NY.

The Village Sheep
369 Litchfield Road
New Milford, CT 06776

Reviewed by Diana Tagley

I am an experienced knitter and I think have visited almost every shop in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts and even parts of Vermont and Manhattan including many of the shops reviewed in this site. Some shops are quaint, some are randomly stuffed and some are just shops.

But my favorite shop of all time is The Village Sheep in New Milford.

It has been open since 2004 and it is in a class by itself. Its owner, Wendy Banks, worked for may years in product development and design in the fashion industry. She has brought her knowledge, expertise and passion for beautiful products, textures and colors to The Village Sheep in New Milford.

The results are very clear.....roomy, white and lots of bright natural light sets the scene for the most beautiful and colorful collection of yarns I have yet to find in one place. The walls are filled with many knitted and crocheted samples which are inspiring! The yarn selection is wide ranging in type, gauge and price. Caution: If you are a yarn lover be fairly warned. You will lose control and not want to go home!

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The books and patterns are many and it has beco me my favorite yarn shop of all time. Do try to get will not regret it.

Village Wool
2279 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033

Reviewed by Cathe McCall

I love going to Village Wool. It's a quaint little shop that is filled with the most interesting yarns. The variety of colors and textures is a feast to the eyes, while the staff is welcoming, friendly, and always willing to help. They offer plenty of ideas and suggestions (when you want them), while never pushing their opinions. Going to Village Wool is truly an inspiration!

Yarn Barn
1666 Litchfield Turnpike
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Reviewed by Ginny Jackson

I just discovered one in Woodbridge, Connecticut. It's called the Yarn Barn. It has the best selection of yarns and patterns I've ever seen. Also she has back issues of lots of magazines that you can copy patterns from next door at the copy center. I don't know the owner's name but she is so helpful and friendly.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Dee Conway

What a delightful place. I could have spent hours in there! A wonderful collection of yarn, and the most incredibly helpful saleswomen. This is what all knitting shops should be like. I will take the 35 minute drive to do all my purchasing in the future; it is well worth the trip.

This shop was reviewed by a third knitter.
Reviewed by Toni Covino-Wood

I travel from Wallingford, CT, a twenty-five minute ride, to go to Yarn Barn. While it is a small shop, it is quite quaint. The woman who owns it is great, even if I hadn't bought the yarn from her. She has the most wonderful yarns and will special order for you without batting an eye. I have never found her to be sharp, only extremely helpful. I find that whenever I go into her shop for one thing, I end up purchasing other yarn to make something new. Honestly, I think everyone should take a trip to the Yarn Barn. I really wish she would open a shop closer to my home and have a knitting group.

This shop was reviewed by a fourth knitter.
Reviewed by Donna M. Metty

Arabella is another great resource. I had taken a knitting class with her many years ago, and was excited to hear that she has opened up a shop. On my last visit, I found everything I needed for three separate projects! She had the exact shade of terra cotta acrylic for my afghan, three novelty yarns for a scarf (Zen, Jewel FX and Dazzlelash), and several ingredients for a multi-color/multi-yarn coat I am designing (which includes a gorgeous silk yarn from Tibet).

This shop was reviewed by a fifth knitter.
Reviewed by Octavia Oliver

I read the reviews (all of them) for CT yarn shops. As a novice knitter, I wanted to do my research before I started my first real project. Based on the reviews, I decided to visit the Yarn Barn one Saturday morning. The reviews were right on! What a gem! The shop is physically small (I was kind of expecting a barn) and can be somewhat intimidating (the selection is generous) but I was quickly and warmly greeted by Arabella and her staff and felt at ease right away. Although the shop is rather small, the selection is tremendous. They have a wide variety of yarns at reasonable prices (they were understanding about budget limitations) and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. It's a very homey, welcoming environment, no one rushed me or pressured me. I highly recommend this store to anyone from novice to expert. There's something for every level of knitter here!

Yarn Knit All
26 Church Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770

Reviewed by Susan Lydem

Yarn Knit All is a yarn shop where you can indulge your wildest fiber fancy! Owner Tamath Rossi keeps the shelves stocked with a wide variety of yarns from wool to soy to luxury fibers like mohair, alpaca & cashmere. Large, comfortable couches and chairs are available in the knitting lounge and there is a large plasma TV where you can sit and enjoy a movie (check out Chic Flix for Chix with Stix on the 1st Thursday of every month!). Yarn Knit All offers a wide range of classes - everything from sweater construction to knitting socks on circulars and needle felting projects. 7/08

Yarns Down Under
37C Hillside Terrace
Deep River, CT 06417

Reviewed by Jacqueline Blomberg

Yarns Down Under is just a dream come true of fiber! It is hard to believe that it has only been since January of this year that I learned of it's existence. I find myself driven to see what's new, when I might have only been there 2 weeks prior.

It is a quaint shop busting out with the latest in fiber.They will gladly order and hold items that you might desire. They carry a wide array of patterns. They have a monthly knitting club (free) that meets mornings and evenings. Deliveries arrive daily with more intriguing yarn than the day before.

A mother and daughter run business where you are made to feel like family. Extremely friendly, eager to help with questions, an array of classes that make you wish you had 24 more hours in your day to knit (including a class to make your own buttons)!

After taking the step of knitting with something other than department store yarn, I was soon saddened by the fact that there are not many yarn shops in the area. Then, one day a fiber buddy brought me to Yarns Down Under and the rest is history....the car knows the way! This shop has turned me into a fiber addict.

Yarns With A Twist
111 Willimantic Road
Chaplin, CT 06235

Reviewed Vicki Boldu

This is a great local yarn store! The shop is in the bottom of the owner's house and is just chock full of wonderful finds!Sandee has many different kinds of yarn including (but not limited to) wools, nice acrylics, lots of sock yarns and specialty hand-spuns. She also has some kits, lots of needles and books and a great selection of buttons. I have taken a couple of classes and they are always fun. There is also a knit night on Thursdays that I have been to and is great fun!I highly recommend this shop and it's worth a trip! 7/08

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