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Yarn Shop Reviews

Cast-On Cottage
1003 Canton St
Roswell GA 30075
Owner: Betsy Laundon

Reviewed by Karen Correale

I visited the Cast-On Cottage during a trip to the Atlanta area and it was a very pleasant experience. Several people recommended it highly, and I was not disappointed. The shop is located in the charming historic section of Roswell in a cottage (hence the name). Customers can stroll from room to room and Betsy is available to answer questions without being the least bit intrusive.

The aesthetics of the shop are pleasing: Classical music quietly playing, roomy walking space, attractive bin displays, many sweater models, a nice seating area for knitters' chauffeurs. Of the half dozen or so yarn shops in the Atlanta area, this was the one the natives recommended over and over for friendly service and nice products. They were right.

There is a wide variety of yarns at the Cast-On Cottage and the prices are fair. Most of the yarns are natural fibers or blends. The lines carried here include Alice Starmore, Berroco, Cleckheaton, Colinette, Dale, Plymouth, Sirdar, and Stahl, among others. A large needle selection was available as well. Because I find price on request shopping to be annoying, I especially appreciated the posting of prices and yardage information at each bin.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Monica Carr

I recently visited Cast on Cottage and must say I was very pleased with the yarn selection and service offered. The selection of yarns was extensive and varied. Basics and novelties galore. The pattern book area covered a wide range of designers, publishers and companies.

The owner has created a shop that New Yorker like me felt at home. A wonderful experience and I must agree with the first poster on the price label/yardage tags that I feel is so very important for me.

This shop was reviewed by a third knitter.
Reviewed by BJ Reeves

I always passed this shop by the coffee shop. My daughter said she would like to learn to knit. From my first visit I have been greeted warmly. I have taken a crochet workshop and 2 beginning knitters classes with Betty. Needless to say everyone I love is getting something homemade this Christmas! I have made several scarves, a baby vest and some baby hats. A grown up hat. Started working on an afghan for my mother and my daughter is working on her first hat. We knit together when she visits and visit the Cast on Cottage. Master's of the craft work and visit on knit nights and are helpful to newbies like me. I could not have asked for a more supportive, mentoring environment....and the yarns are soo gorgeous...yummy.... 2/11

Ewe Knit
909 G South Park Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Reviewed by Ronda Cole I love this shop. It has everything a knitter/crocheter needs. There is more yarn in this store than any other store I have visited over the years. Also, the hours are great! It is a wonderful and friendly place to be. 7/09

Only Ewe and Cotton Too
780 Mayfield Rd
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Reviewed by Lisa Drazez

A lovely shop had so many of the yarns I had only been able to read about since there are no LYS near my residence. Recycled sari yarns, several varieties of sock yarns, new yarns like bamboo and corn fiber. Too many that I couldn't resist taking home.

The owner was very friendly and helpful, she made offers to order anything not found or different colors and to mail to me if I wanted. Three or 4 knitters were sitting about working on projects.

Quite a few beautiful finished projects were displayed rather than just swatches of the yarns.I plan to stop by any time I am in the area. 5/07

Strings & Strands
5299 Roswell Road, Suite 114
Atlanta, GA 30342
Owner: Barbara

Reviewed by Monica Carr

I heard about this shop from friends and thus made a special point to visit them during my recent trip to Georgia. While my husband golfed, I went to visit shops in downtown Atlanta. This shop lived up to expectation levels. An extensive yarn selection from basics to novelties. The list of brand names would read like who's who. Fabulous samples and a great assortment of needles and books. Barbara was awesome. She spent about 20 minutes with me even while regulars waited and knowing I was from out of town. Her selection of Rowan and Noro yarns was really awesome. I highly recommend a visit to this shop.

String of Purls
A Knittery
170 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Owners: Ginger & Dana Lerner (Mother & Daughter)

Reviewed by Amy Ketchem

I have found the most charming yarn shop ever! String of Purls in Marietta, Georgia has an atmosphere that makes you want to stay there all day & knit! It's like a little bit of heaven! They have the most fabulous yarns and a fantastic selection of needles and some unusual and fun accessories! They have yarns in every color and texture imaginable with some of the most unusual novelty yarns I've ever seen!

The staff is just as fantastic! The owners, Ginger & Dana, and the manager, Amy are incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable! They helped me find a terrific project to create with some of the funky yarns and while I was there, you won't believe the number of people who walked in desperately looking for help with their projects. Ginger, Dana & Amy helped everyone and yet gave me plenty of attention so that I (and I'm sure the others) felt as if I was the only one there -- a true delight indeed!

I will be taking plenty of their classes (an exciting variety for both beginner and experienced knitters.) String of Purls is a true gem!

Wild Fibre
409 E. Liberty Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Owner: Jennifer Harvey

Reviewed by Mary Sommers

I recently visited a most delightful store while in Savannah GA on a business trip. The store is Wild Fibre and it is GORGEOUS. The store is located in the beautiful historic district and has free parking! We walked to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist from Jennifer's store. Jennifer has created such an inviting atmosphere at wild fibre it should be on everyone's list of must stops while traveling in the area. She carries Rowan, Habu, Trendsetter, Blue Sky Alpaca (my favorite) and Missions Falls to name but a few. Jennifer is always in the store and is a great knitting resource. I talked with her at length and discovered she is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, went to Atlanta and worked as a production weaver and grew up with a love of the fiber arts from her mother and grandmother. The store is a fiber artists dream. Unlike many stores in Savannah I have visited and stores in my hometown, wild fibre has a boutique flavor rather than a mass merchandiser flavor. Everything is fresh and vibrant. The store has knitting, weaving, spinning, crochet, and felting materials and supplies and offers classes in them all. I have already signed up for a spinning class next month! I highly recommend a visit to Wild Fibre.

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

Wild Fibre is an established yarn store in Savannah and I find it to be more cutting edge. Wild Fibre is not your Granny's knitting store, the owners vision and artistic ability inspires the fiber enthusiast in all of us. Jennifer (the owner) offers a fresh and new approach to yarn. I have visited the other local store and found a quantity of odd close out lots or passe colors from many seasons or years past. I enjoy the fact Jennifer stocks the hippest and latest trends as well as the newest patterns, supplies, weaving and spinning items. The store is very convenient being located in the heart of the historic district and they have free parking in front of the store! The owner, Jennifer, is extremely knowledgeable regarding knitting, weaving, spinning, dyeing and crochet. I highly recommend a visit.

This shop was reviewed by a third knitter.
Reviewed by Monica Carr

I was disappointed as the shop was small with a very limited selection of mostly high end yarns. There were few samples and the selection of books was also limited. The owner was friendly and helpful.

This shop was reviewed by a fourth knitter.
Reviewed by Michelle Marks

I visited while attending a convention in Savannah and was very impressed. Jennifer is very knowledgeable and the days I was in (yes I had to go back twice while in town!) not only was Jennifer helping folks with projects she also had a crochet instructor and another knitting instructor on hand doing the same, and they were doing it just for the fun, camraderie, camaraderieand atmosphere.

The shop is well laid out, very open and inviting and stocked with the latest yarns, patterns, and supplies. Jennifer has avoided what I call the Michaels atmosphere prevalent in so many yarn stores, that is a lot of yarns but very little high quality yarns and lots of yarns obviously repackaged, mill end runs or odd lots. The yarns I shop for including Blue Sky, Rowan, Habu, and Mission Falls Jennifer had in abundance with a GREAT color variety. Jennifer has also bought a good depth of color lots so that if you underestimate projects (like I do!) she will have the color lot you need and will gladly ship it to out of towners. Along with the yarns and patterns I see in my recent knitting magazines, I also saw a good selection of the more traditional. A wonderful balance for all.

An added benefit to out of towners and residents alike is the shops location in the middle of Savannah's historic district-the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is 2 blocks away-and there is free parking. I highly recommend a visit to this enchanting store.

This shop was reviewed by a fifth knitter.
Reviewed by Helene Levenson

This shop has a very limited selection of yarns; furthermore, there are very few yarns in sufficient quantity that one could purchase enough to make an adult article of clothing. I am used to the well-stocked yarn stores of the metropolitan DC area. For me, Wild Fibre is a disappointment. 1/08

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