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Yarn Shop Reviews

Anneke's Needleworks
5851 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143

Reviewed by Sharon Ruiz

This is a beautiful, sunny store on the second floor in a lovely area of Miami. I was able to spend alot of time just choosing from an amazing and FUN selection of yarns - the staff was very helpful and friendly. I think the knitting section is a bit newer than the needlepoint section, but it's so well-stocked I just loaded up on yarn and needles for new projects. I'm a very basic knitter, and I hadn't realized that just by using some really fun yarns I could make completely professional-looking scarves. Let me just add that the needlepoint section is amazing! I live in New York City, and you wouldn't think I had to go as far as Miami to get great canvases, but I've never seen so many gorgeous hand-painted canvases and great fibers. I can't say enough about this store, except if you're anywhere near Miami, you have to go! You'll thank me.

Art Needle 'N Canvas
800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Hours: Sun-M closed, T-F 10:30 am-3:30 pm, Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

The shop is well organized. About a third of the shop is devoted to needlepoint. Two knitters were in the shop working on their projects.

The yarns were beautiful, arranged by color tones; however, there were no prices on them. Plenty of notions and books were available for sale with price tags. They carry Birchwood needles, which I had not seen before. In addition, some hand-knitted garments were displayed for sale with price tags.

Dunedin Needlepoint and Knitting
447 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Reviewed by Teresa Hoover

This store is located 10 minutes from my home and seriously wish I could live right beside it! The owner Wendy is always friendly and so very helpful. She's definitely an advanced knitter because she makes exquisite sample items for her store window. There is a great selection of novelty, cotton, wool and other yarns, as well as needlepoint canvases and threads. She also runs JB Designs, which has a great selection of designer quilting and knitting bags.

5300 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs, FL 33447

Reviewed by Ginger Badger

Nice and very friendly yarn shop owned and operated by Erma Tardiff since 1975. She has patterns, yarns, threads and lots of wool for needlework too. This shop also has machine knitting and cones of yarn. Good size shop to be run by one person. Erma also is the teacher too. Good selection of yarns. Well worth a stop. 11/07

Fiber Art, Inc.
8723 Gunn Hwy
Odessa, FL 33556

Reviewed by Elizabeth Livesay

I love this shop. Her yarns are easy to find as she has them categorized by type in different rooms. Rosaline, the owner, has a room with yarns suitable for Florida, a baby room, a natural fiber room, etc. It will take your hours to tour all the rooms and yarn! She also has high end yarns, like hand dyed silk and loads of patterns and magazines. Best of all she has leather swivel chairs in the front of the store so you can sit and knit with others. Of course there are classes for all levels of knitters. Rosaline is very friendly and will help your select the best yarn and color for your pattern. My favorite aspect about this store is she is open on Sundays! Rosaline listened to her customers as they requested that she be open on Sundays for us working folks.So she changed her hours and closed her store on Mondays to be open on Sunday. On Sundays if she is not busy, Rosaline will sit with us and knit and chat. I think that is awesome as we get to see what neat project she is working on. I could just go on and on about this yarn store, but you will just have to visit to see for yourself. 11/09

Great Balls of Yarn
319 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Reviewed by Bevan Farber

I was on a recent visit to Palm Beach and inadvertenly left my 35mm circs on the plane (ouch!) When I drove out of the airport I saw this big red Great Balls of YARN sign at the corner of Dixie & Belvedere. Anyhow, I stumbled upon this new yarn store and found the best kept secret in Florida. This store was clean, well-organized and is the only store in Florida that I've seen carry a great selection of cashmere and angora. Imagine knitting with that in August! Their selection was huge!! I loved their samples and the people were really nice. They offer one on one assistance as needed as well as classes. My husband and I are going back this winter and staying at the Breakers. I can't wait to get back there. They are having a knitting cruise in February with a bunch of designers and lessons and I think that looks like a lot of fun.

900 Fox Valley Dr., Ste. 106
Longwood, FL 32779
(407) 767-KNIT (5648)

Reviewed by Jennifer Rassmann

WOW!! KNIT has truly made such a wonderful difference and impact in Longwood for so many knitters. Many of us started as beginners and are now hooked. We just can't stop. This is largely in part to Marney Gibson, the owner, who has the most beautiful yarns and accessories you could imagine. Marney's shop welcomes you with a feeling you are at home in your family room, and when friends come by we all chat and knit together. Many of us meet regularly to share stories and knit new creations. Additionally, Marney is always there to help, guide and encourage us with her fabulous knitting talent.

Knit n' Knibble
1517 South Dale Mabry
Tampa, FL 33629

Reviewed by LeAnn Lytle Kovar

This is a beautiful shop in Tampa, FL. The owner, Caroline, is very friendly & helpful, and will assist in anything from selecting yarn to learning to cast on. She has a gorgeous yarn selection as well as many patterns - all very organized and easy to find. There are comfy couches, which invite you to sit & knit. She serves coffee, cappucino and cookies - all delicious. She offers several classes. She even has a design center - a computer loaded with pattern-making software, that all are welcome to use. It's a wonderful place to shop, sip, knibble, knit & hang out!

Knits 'N Krafts
13061 Park Blvd. (Portabello Square)
Seminole, FL 33772

Reviewed by Karen Isak

What a pleasure! This shop has every type of yarn and patterns you can imagine. Yarn is well priced, starting as low as $2.50. Lots of finished items to give you inspiration - including trendy as well as standards. The owner is delightfully sweet and friendly - and very knowledgeable. She was wearing a beautiful hand knit purple and lavender sweater with just the right touch of fun fur.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Bonnie Magno

We are fortunate to have Knits 'N Krafts in our area (it's a half-hour drive for me). The owner, Carol, is extremely helpful in solving your knitting or crocheting problems, in suggesting patterns, yarns and yarn alternatives. She is always on her toes with a ready suggestion for a new pattern or project you just can't live without. Her little shop is crammed (floor to ceiling) with every kind of yarn imaginable. Her prices are lower than in other shops in this area of Florida and she always has boxes and boxes of bargains. There are always gals sitting around the table knitting, crocheting or just visiting. It's a very happy and friendly place to visit. I almost always leave with a bag of yarn and a warm fuzzy feeling for having been there.

This shop was reviewed by a third knitter.
Reviewed by Genia Planck

While vacationing in Florida I was fortunate to visit this lovely little shop in Seminole. Carol was very welcoming without being overbearing or pushy. Her selections of yarns was incredible especially for Florida -- having a wide selection of sock yarns and light wools as well as other popular yarns. Also around the shop were boxes and baskets of discounted/sale yarns. And of course Prism Yarns and patterns. All moderately priced.

Carol is a retired school teacher, education's lose, but quick to help you out with any problem you maybe having with a current project or in deciding on a project. She also teaches knitting in shop, just ask her and she'll make the time to sit down and teach you.

This was a great shop to visit and I look to forward to my visit on my return trip to Florida next year.

Knitting Nook Inc.
8122 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Summer Hours: Sun - M closed, T - F 10:30 am-4:30 pm, Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Reviewed by Barbara Foor Larson

Shop carries upscale yarns that were beautifully arranged and priced clearly. Notions were not always priced. In addition, many hand-knitted garments were displayed. Numerous knitters were in the shop working on their projects the Saturday afternoon I visited.

The Knitting Patch
195 S. Westmonte Dr.  STE 1108
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Reviewed by Cindy Rhodes

I have been knitting since I was a child, and have been to any knitting shops the world over. I have never been to one that can match The Knitting Patch. This store feels like you are at home. The owner, Lora, is very helpful, and extremely knowledgeable. All of the numerous examples in the store were knitted by her (some of which have won awards in competition)! The store is incredibly tidy, and well organized. Moreover her inventory is incredible. This store has more inventory than any knitting store I have ever visited. Lora is very engaging, and tries to be helpful, and willingly shares her knowledge. I found The Knitting Patch quite by accident, and it is now the only store I go to. Her prices are very fair and competitive, not elevated the way so many stores do. If you can't find it at The Knitting Patch it probably does not exist. 3/12

The Knitting Place
258 Miami Avenue
Venice, FL 34285

Reviewed by Sarah Davis

A yarn shop filled to the brim with a great varity of yarns. Yarns are priced very moderate to expensive. Louise, the owner is always willing to help you. Doug her husband is helpful too. Classes are available. This is a store not to miss wihen you are in the area. 11/07

Knitting With Nancy
The Village Falls
5087 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34113

Reviewed by Peggy Schuh

I happened to stop by this new knitting shop while down in Florida. It has just been open approximately 6 months. The lady that owns the shop, Nancy, was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful to my Mother and I in locating certain patterns we were looking for and what types of yarn to use with them. She has a nice variety of yarns and knitted samples of various sweaters from baby to adult sizes. She also has baskets of discounted yarns for sale. I was able to buy several 3.5 oz light worsted wool skeins for $2/each (her normal price was $6.95) to make mittens with. They have lessons at her shop and she also mail orders for you.

KnitWitz Inc
10584-6 St. Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, FL, 32257
904 260 1636

Reviewed by Teresa Hughes

The newest shop in the First Coast area, KnitWitz is great! The owner, Kathe, is very sweet and helpful. There isn't a great deal of selection as yet, but the yarns she has are all very nice, and her prices are wonderful. There is a knitting group that meets there on Thursday nights, and another on Saturdays during the day. The atmosphere is very friendly and helpful.

Sip & Knit
150 N. Swoope Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751

Reviewed by Beth Simmons

As a relatively novice knitter I've felt intimidated by other yarn stores but not Sip & Knit. Sip & Knit is the most welcoming yarn store I've ever been to, the atmosphere is so inviting. From the weekly knitting group that meets on Tuesday nights to the owner's happiness to wind each hank or skein of yarn you buy, this store's earnest friendliness is what makes it stand out. Of course you can also count on those at Sip & Knit for encouragement, help, advice, and lessons.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Mary Collett

It is a nice shop. However, I now realize that the pricing is way out of line. Berroco Comfort Sock was $16. I almost bought some until my friend pointed out that it was only $8 in the store we had previously been to. I bought 8 balls of Jojoland Melody and a shawl pattern. I was on a Ladies Day Out and didn't pay attention. A month later I started knitting the shawl and saw the receipt. They charged me $10/ball! I then started pricing it all over. The prices were from $5.95 - $6.50/ball. A bit of a markup is ok, but I feel that this is a ripoff. My whole group won't go there again. There are not that many shops in our area, so it is a shame. 6/10

Spinning Wheel
2083 Siesta Dr.
Sarasota, FL 34239

Reviewed by L. Kelley

I visited this yarn store while on vacation in Sarasota. My parents live there and my mother wanted me to knit her a shawl to go with a red dress. We went into this store having no idea what we wanted. The store was filled to the rim with both yarn and customers. Although the store was so busy, the wonderful friendly staff made sure that everyone was helped. They were so wonderful in offering suggestions from what yarn they would use to an easy pattern for the shawl. The had an unbelievable selection of yarns and several knitted finished products so you could see what the yarn looked like knitted up. I will definitely return to this store anytime I am in Sarasota.

5277 Park St.
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(727) 541-6571

Reviewed by Karen Isak

This is a clean, bright, roomy, colorful shop. The owner has been in this business for 25 years! She offers designer yarns at reasonable prices, needlepoint, crewel, cross stitch - you name it. She has many beautifully handmade knit and crochet items on display for inspiration. There are plenty of pattern books and supplies. A very nice shop!

A Stitcher's Haven
10067 Cleary Blvd
Plantation, FL 33324
Hours: M-F 10-6 PM, SAT 10-4 PM, SUN-Closed

Reviewed by Barbara Foor

It was very neat and organized. The staff was friendly and helpful. I was in search of some size 8 knitting needles and was promptly directed to their location. They were reasonably priced. The shop has a large selection of patterns and yarns. I was especially impress that their yarn prices were clearly marked.

I signed up for their email newsletter and on return home, I checked out their website. I learned they offer classes and in addition to knitting, they offer cross stitch, needlepoint, and crocheting supplies. 7/03

Tropical Yarns & More
14461 Miramar Pkwy
Miramar, FL 33027

Reviewed by Shelley Schiff

I have been knitting since I was 3 and this is the finest yarn shop I have ever visited. The co-owner, Susan Chastain, is so experienced and helpful. Prices are quite moderate to very expensive. I usually do not write in superlatives but Susan and her shop are!

Yarn And Needlepoint Center
15200 Jog Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Reviewed by Irma Fensterman

I find that they have a good selection of yarns and needlepoint canvases. They are nice to do business with and they have a knitting instructor on the premises at no charge to the customer. I have been dealing there for at least 14 years.

The Yarn Lady
16810 S Hwy 441 - Suite 501
Summerfield, FL 34491

Reviewed by Eileen Peterson

The Yarn Lady has a wide selection of quality yarns, patterns and notions. Classes are available from beginner to advanced levels of knitting and crochet. Social Knit Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. - noon. Diane, The Yarn Lady is a great addition to the Summerfield area. She offers friendly customer service, quality products and knitting experience, along with the newest fashion yarns. Something for everyone. Hours Tues Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 5/12

The Yarn Tree
2000-3 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
Tues - 10 am - 5 pm
Wed - 12 pm - 8 pm
Th-Sat - 10 am - 5 pm
Sun and Mon - Closed

Reviewed by Barbara Foor

I learned of this shop from the sister store, The Gifting Tree, located at The Festival Marketplace in Pompano Beach.

The shop was upscale and inviting with a large selection of books, needles and accessories. The yarns were beautiful and the staff was friendly. The shop hosts a Stitch and Bitch every Wednesday night 5:30 - 8 p.m. and Saturdays at from 10 a.m. to noon.

4113 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609-1808
352 337 9965

Reviewed by Rachel Suntop

I make sure to visit this store every time I go to Gainesville (where my mom's family lives). They have a great selection of knitting yarns, including lots of novelty yarns, mohair, wool, etc. The owner, Barbara Zory, is very friendly and helpful. In addition to the knitting materials, they offer various classes and workshops. Definately worth a visit.

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