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Yarn Shop Reviews

Bee's Inc.
59 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Miller

This is a delightful yarn shop. There is a nice selection of yarns, some of which are local to Maine, and patterns. The owner is very helpful and knowledgeable. She has lots of hand knitted sweaters hanging around to give you ideas. I have purchased yarn there when I visit Bar Harbor for the 4th of July each year. She will ship if you're traveling and don't want to carry it with you. I realized that I was going to run out of some yarn that I'd bought for a sweater for my husband, and she found and shipped more skeins 6 month after I'd visited her shop. As a bonus, you can also buy home made candies in the same shop.

Central Yarn Shop
569 Congress Street
Portland ME 04101

Reviewed by Annie Lausier

I was lucky enough to stop by this store on a visit to Maine this summer. It's a wonderful store with all different types of yarn. It's a family-owned shop that has been around for a long time (my grandmother frequented their old location a lot and says that the new location is nice and big, but she's been disappointed by the bigger store not having good finds tucked away in stuffed small spaces like before). Just looking at their yarn inspires new projects in your mind. Their prices are okay (I enjoyed the bargain section in the back). I would encourage a visit just to see their selection!

The Custom Shop
45 Portland Road
Shoppers Village
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Reviewed by Patti Murphy

The Custom Shop offers a great selection of yarn and needles and has a large supply of patterns to choose from. This is a great place to come when you aren't sure what you want to make next. There are samples of yarns knit up in swatches and also knit up into projects. The owner and the people that work at the store are very helpful and are all knitters. There's usually a couple of people sitting at a table in the store knitting and chatting. If you are having difficulty with a project or a pattern, they take the time to help you work through it. They also offer classes for all levels of knitters and for many different projects (mittens, socks, etc.) They got me started on those furry scarves and I don't think I'll be able to stop!

The Ducks
Rt. 130, Pemaquid Point Rd.
New Harbor, ME 04554
Owner: Etta Morrison

Reviewed by Helen Russell

The Ducks is genuine piece of Maine. The shop is inside of the proprietor's house. She has a wonderful selection of Maine yarns and she also has a wealth of knitting knowledge. Aside from the shop being very rustic, it is also very dark. The owner encouraged me to go outside to view the yarn in the day light but it was very uncomfortable to go in and out with every skein of yarn. It is more a piece of Maine heritage than a yarn shop.

Eagle's Nest Yarns
14 Old Rte One
Waldoboro, ME 04572

Reviewed by Sue Powers

This is a wonderful LYS. The owner Marylou is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She has a great selection of sock yarns and carries a lot of the plymouth yarns. From personal experience she will also try to talk you out of bad choices for either the pattern or your abilities. I have taken classes there for several years and she knows her stuff. 6/10

Ewe and Me
6 Gurnet Road
Brunswick, ME 04530

Reviewed by Julie Carleton

This cozy little shop is located on the coast of Maine. It's great place to stop for a fiber fix if you're vacationing in the area. There are local handpainted yarns as well as well known brand like Bartlett, Brown Sheep, and Manos. Plus a good selection of sock yarns. Rose Marie, the owner, is also an accomplished artist and her art work including stained glass work is also featured in the store. Check out her beach glass stitch markers, a real treasure from the Maine coast.The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Hope to see you there! 7/08

Grace Robinson & Company
208 US Route 1, Suite One
Freeport, ME 04032
(207) 865-6110

Reviewed by Marti Jones

This past October, while in Freeport I found a wonderful knitting shop with the unlikely name of Grace Robinson and Company. Within the walls of this large, free-standing building I found such a huge and unique supply of yarns including vicuna yarns. I can only say, wow! regarding the yarns, the staff, and the setting. There is a place to comfortably sit and chat and get help if needed, and basket after basket and shelf after shelf of yarns to choose from. I am new to knitting and now cannot believe how fortunate I was to stumble across this wonderful shop in the hometown of L.L. Bean on my very first foray into knitting. 12/09

Halcyon Yarn
12 School Street
Bath, ME 04530

Reviewed by Barbara Bradstreet

The Yellow Pages list them as Maine's Largest Source for Natural Yarns & Fibers. As a resident of Maine, I have visited most of these shops. This one has the largest stock I have ever seen, either instate or out-of-state. Knitters, weavers, spinners and rug hookers, be sure you visit them! Their stock of books and supplies will keep you busy.

If you want a wonderful place for lunch before or after your visit, check out the Kennebec Tavern right at water's edge. No tourist trap this. You'll enjoy the historic homes that are located in Bath, as well.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Margot Stiassni-Sieracki k

Definitely worth a stop just to look at the yarns, tools, and books available. A fabulous catolog store for weavers,knitters, felters and others, they are very helpful to beginners and advanced fiber freaks alike. I've taken excellent classes there (topics include knitting, weaving, spinning, felting and crochet) and I enjoy browsing in the peaceful atmosphere there.

Korner Knitters
Rte 114 & 35
Sebago Lake ME 04084

Reviewed by Ann Fitzpatrick

This is a wonderful shop located on the southern end of Sebago Lake. They have recently enlarged their store and now offer tons more yarn, patterns and supplies. Their staff is knowledgable and friendly and are more than happy to help the novice knitter with suggestions and tips. There are usually other knitters sitting around the table working on their projects and they are also more than happy to lend some advice.

They have lovely examples of some of the latest patterns on display and they also offer gift baskets of yarn and pattern which I found to be a great idea for the knitter in the family! Their prices are very reasonable and they have a backroom with discount bargains. 9/07

Pine Tree Yarns
Nathaniel Austin House
74 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543

Reviewed by Margot Stiassni-Sieracki

The shop is small and cozy in an old building on Main Street, and crammed with delicious colorful yarns and great examples of projects. This is a shop that you don't want to rush through and you can relax and take your time here. The highlight is owner Elaine Davey's gorgeous hand dyed and specialty yarns, which she's known nationally for. Elaine is finishing a book called Dyeing to Knit (about dying and creating your own hand-dyed yarn) which is due to be published soon. In Damariscotta, you can dine cheaply on lobster or a bit more upscale such as at the new Damariscotta River Grill which is located near the unique and fabulous Aboca Bead shop, in case you need a break from knitting !

Purl Diva
3 Summer Street
Brunswick ME 04011

Reviewed by Marlena C

Purl Diva is my absolute favorite LYS, which is saying something since I have at least eight from which to choose. A fairly new store, it has established itself as not only THE store to check out for sock yarn, but also the store to go to for everything from workhorse Brown Sheep worsted to luxurious silk with beads. The proprietor, Ellen, is very friendly, and extremely helpful. She's very knowledgeable about yarn, and can always recommend a good substitution. She also runs several groups weekly (two knitting groups and one book club), and offers classes. The atmosphere is welcoming and bright, and Ellen's friendly dog can cheer anyone's day. 9/07

Rosemary's Gift Shop
22 Main Street
Cornish, ME 04020

Reviewed by Jean Bernard

A huge selection of yarn covering the entire second floor. Prices are very reasonable with sales items in every nook and cranny. Rosemary is a real gem offering suggestions, friendship, encouragement and smiles. A favorite place to hang out and check out the newest yarns, needles, patterns or books. You simply can't pass up an opportunity to visit if you are in the area. 5/07

The Stitching Mantis
535 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Reviewed by Jeannette Graham

This is a charming shop with a delightful owner who is happy when you are happy. I bought yarn there, but not enough for the project. A quick phone call to Ms.Mantis and the yarn was at my doorstep sooner than I thought possible.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Beth Cassel-Tableman

There are small shops and large box store yarn sections but there are very few that have the character, knowledgeable staff, selections and genuine love of crafts like The Stitching Mantis. It does not matter if you are a season knitter or a beginner; everyone is made to feel very welcome by the owner Darlene Mantis and all of the staff and patrons. There are also needlework supplies.

Unique One Sweater Shop
P.O. Box 744
Camden, ME 04843

Reviewed by Jessica Dostie

This place has lots of Bartlett Yarns. The store owners/workers are *so* lovely to be around; very helpful and treat everyone with the utmost respect.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Linda Clark

I stumbled across this shop while on vacation. They stock a wide variety of yarns - fibers, weights, colors, etc. They have a good stock of sock yarns (Stahl) which won me over. The owner/employee who waited on me was extremely helpful and gave me some good advise. Once I got home from my trip, got well into my new project with the yarn I had purchased, I found I needed more yarn and they were quite amenable about doing a mail order business with me. Even if I never make it back to Camden again, I will buy more yarn from them in the future; especially sock yarn my local shop here doesn't stock.

Yardgoods Center
Downtown Shopping Center
Waterville, ME 04901

Reviewed by Louise Cole

The yarn shop in the back of this fabric shop is wonderful. They have a great variety of yarn in all price ranges. They carry every kind of needle ever heard of, a great variety of books, pattern leaflets and yarn company booklets. The people who work there are very helpful. They always have some bargain yarns just inside the door. They are willing to help and will mail order. It's a wonderful shop.

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