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Yarn Shop Reviews

Carol Leigh's Hillcreek Fiber Studio
7001 Hillcreek Road
Columbia, MO 65203

Reviewed by Elaine Pontious

This shop is owned and operated by Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser, her husband, Dennis Kaiser and daughters Rose and Rebecca. Other family members assist in the operation as well.

Carole Leigh loves fleece and fiber, and is a fiber artist. Her shop is dedicated to teaching the arts of weaving, spinning, dyeing fibers, knitting, tatting, just about anything you can think of that involves yarn! I have attended several of her classes. She is the most patient, wonderful teacher, as is her eldest daughter, Rebecca. The variety of yarns in her shop are just far too numerous to list. She specializes in wonderful, natural fibers and yarns in the most vivid colors I've ever seen. No matter what the request may be, everyone at Hillcreek Fiber Studio is courteous, knowledgeable and very anxious to assist.

Carole Leigh is well-know for her patented adjustable triangle loom.

I am fortunate to live less than 2 miles from Hearthstone Knits in St. Louis, Missouri. This is also one of the best yarn shops ever!

Eye Of The Needlecrafts
721 Olive, Chemical Building #201
St. Louis, MO 63101
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9-4:30; Wed 9-12:30

Reviewed by Linda Pahdoco

Eye of the Needlecrafts is downtown and she has quite a selection of yarns. It's not very organized, and her hours are a little erratic. In fact, she'll tell you that if it's not lunch time during the week to call before you come in. She does have some wonderful stuff stashed away if you're willing to dig a little. It's in the Commerce Building in downtown St. Louis, on the second floor. She shares the space with her husband, who runs an eyeglass shop, and their adorable chihuahua.

Hearthstone Knits
11429 Concord Village Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63123

Reviewed by Linda Pahdoco

Georgia and Barbara, the owners, are simply wonderful. They are always willing to help you interpret a pattern, substitute a yarn, learn a new technique, whatever. They are active with the Knitters Guild here, and sponsor a fabulous Knitters Retreat every fall. Their selection is very good, and they have a nice selection of yarns from inexpensive acrylics to fancy fibers. If they don't have it, they'll special order it for you. They also do mail order. Hearthstone has a Frequent Fibers Club that entitles you to 10% off any in stock merchandise, plus monthly special order specials. They're open Tuesday through Saturday, plus one evening each week.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Fatima Sheen

This quaint little shop housed a great selection of yarns that you wouldn't mind spending a few dollars on. The ladies there are very helpful and wiling to assist with various knit and crochet related questions. My aunt told them that she is very knew to knitting so they gave her a free pattern that was very basic but fun. I recommend checking out this cozy shop. It's worth it!

Karpinski Hill Farm
17 Prairie Fork Road
Montgomery City MO 63361

Reviewed by Gail Davis

Karpinski Hill Farm is a family owned and operated farm in central Missouri. Susan Karpinski-Hill, the owner, breeds angora, cashgora and pygora goats on her small farm and does all the processing and spinning of the fleece. Her wide selection of yarn includes worsted, woolen, and novelty spun, just to name a few. Many of her yarns are blended with wool, silk, rayon or glitz, or all the above. The rainbow of colors are amazing!

The shop is in the owners home and Susan made me feel quite welcome when I stopped by. She is quite knowledgeable about her craft and will share all her information with you. Another plus is her prices are quite low as compared to other handspun yarns I have seen.

Knit Craft
215 N. Main
Independence, MO 64050

Reviewed by Margaret Smith

The Knit Craft store is a great little shop. The lady was so helpful and patient. I am not very experienced when it comes to fine yarns and she was so patient. They had lots of different kinds of yarn, it was hard to decide which to buy. As a result, I bought several different kinds. If you are in Independence, Mo, it is just to the north off the square.

Myers House Weaving Department
180 Dunn Road
St. Louis, MO 63031

Reviewed by Linda Pahdoco

As the name implies, the Myers House is a source for both weavers and knitters. Their selection isn't as large as Hearthstone, but they seem to carry more unusual yarns. They have always been very friendly and helpful when I've been in there. The store is in a historic old house in St. Louis, with a quilt shop downstairs. There is also a small restaurant and gift shop on the property.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Fatima Sheen

I read the review on this house expecting to find a shop literally on farm land. To my surprise, it is in a great location right off of the highway. Very easy to find since it is a beautiful historic building with a red barn located behind it. I got lost on my way to the Myers House since I was visiting from Omaha, NE. I called the shop 10 minutes before closing time and they were wiling to stay open just for me. It was walking into yarn heaven! They have an excellent selection and the prices are reasonable. The employees were friendly and very helpful. I highly recommend visiting if you're in the St. Louis area.

This shop was reviewed by a third knitter.
Reviewed by Claire Piper

Upstairs in an historic old building, fabric and quilting material downstairs, and a rabbit-warren of rooms beautifully stocked with yarn and supplies and books for knitting, crocheting and weaving upstairs. They do classes. Very friendly and helpful. Wonderful place, worth visiting again. 6/07

Simply Fibers 2744 S. Campbell Springfield, MO 65807 417-881-YARN

Reviewed by Versel Rush

This is my first trip to Missouri and I couldn't miss taking in at least one independent yarn shop. I'm glad I chose this one. The store is lovely (as a yarn shop should be) and well stocked with books, individual patterns, accessories, and yarns of all weights, prices, and materials. Carol was there the day I stopped by (and added my small hometown to her US calendar of visitors). I was helped but not hovered over. People introduced themselves, included me in the conversations, and made me feel like I was a regular not just a one time visitor. I got wonderful yarn at a good price and a pattern for a hat that I've looked for everywhere (including online). Since my husband had gone to Harbor Freight rather than wait in the shop, I was welcomed with my little project at the knitting table. In short, this yarn shop, its owner and its patrons made my trip so wonderful. 11/10

True Blue Fiber Friends
1206 Business Loop 70 East
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 443-8233

Reviewed by Kirsten Richards

From the moment you walk in you feel like you are vising an old friend. The atmosphere is warm and friendly without being pushy or hovering. You can sit down to a cup of the best coffee in town, enjoy wi-fi, or just sit and knit while having pleasant conversation with other knitters.It isn't just a knitting club, though it sometimes feels that way with all of the social events scheduled throughout the week, including Wednesday's Hump Day Lunch Bunch, and the Ravelry Happy Hour on Fridays. It's also a great place to stock up on unique natural fiber yarns and fibers.True Blue Fiber Friends boasts an experienced staff of knitters, crocheters, weavers, tatters, spinners, and dyers to help you with any fiber project. Bex is a whiz at modifying patterns for that perfect fit, or making yarn substitutions in patterns that really work.Weekly classes help you expand your skills with fun projects and expert instruction. And if you run out of time for that handmade gift, local artisans have items on consignment available for purchase. TBFF is my all-time favorite yarn shop. 8/08

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