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Yarn Shop Reviews
Nova Scotia

Baadeck Yarns
16 Chebucto Street (next to the hospital)
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Local: 295-3303
Owner: Pat Fields

Reviewed by Nancy Lobban

Definitely my favourite yarn shop and I highly recommend to anyone visiting the area to make sure they have a visit to Baadeck Yarns on their list

Even if you don't knit or crochet, Baadeck Yarns will inspire you. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting. The shop itself is tucked behind one of Baddeck's oldest homes, and is well stocked with all of the latest in yarns and knitting accessories from around the world, as well as local Nova Scotia yarns (Cape Breton alpaca and handpainted natural fibre yarns to name just a few), pattern designs, and finished items - knit items, weaving, and jewelry and buttons to accessorize you're favourite sweater. New this year are beautiful, locally handcrafted baskets, perfect for showing off your work in progress.

I particularly like the attention to detail that is everywhere - from the original hand hewn beams on the ceiling of the shop, to the exceptional quality of workmanship in the finished items available for purchase.

Pat and her staff are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. I always bring along my current project and sit awhile by the wood stove to knit and talk shop. If you're lucky you might also catch a demonstration or workshop.

Basket of Yarn
75 Hubley Mill Lake Rd.
Upper Tantalon, NS B3Z1E8

Reviewed by Brigitte Houweling

Lessons at the Basket of Yarn are absolutely great, for instance making socks with one needle is the best! Susan is the best teacher you could ask for. I have learned a lot and have been knitting for my whole life before I took the lessons. They have also so many beautiful yarns and needles. All around a very pleasant experience for me. 10/07

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Patricia Atton

This is a great place to find your knitting needs. It is a pleasant environment, great location and an extremely pleasant and helpful owner. If you need anything or just an answer to a question Susan is always ready, able and willing to assist you with your needs / questionS. I have always had pleasant experiences at her shop and I am very pleased that she decided to stay open. She challenges my knitting ability and is always there for me if I have any problems. 9/08

The Fleece Artist
1174 Mineville Rd
Mineville, NS B2Z 1K8
902-462-0602 Owner: Kathryn Thomas

Reviewed by M. Fautley

The Fleece Artist stocks natural-fibre yarns, with an emphasis on the breeds from which they originate: Wensleydale, Blue-Faced Leicester, Welsh Mountain, Merino, Cashmere. Many yarns are available on very reasonably priced 1lb or 1kg cones as well as 100g skeins. Kathryn produces beautiful, hand-painted and hand-dyed yarns; she will also dye to order. Samples are free, as are swatching and colour-matching services. Also stocked are a wide assortment of high-quality needles, and beautiful buttons.

L.K. Yarns
5545 Young Street
Halifax, NS

Reviewed by Beth Allan

L.K. Yarns is in a historical part of the city called Hydrostone Market. Louise King is the proprietress and is a very obliging and helpful lady. She has a very pleasant personality and is a pleasure to deal with. She sells various yarns including wools, cottons, mohairs, acrylics, specialty & novelty yarns as well. Her selection of patterns, yarns and designers is varied and includes Ann Norling, Fiber Trends, Sirdar, Hayfield, Briggs & Little, Patons, plus many others. If travelling in Nova Scotia, then a visit to L.K. yarns is a must. The service is excellent both from Louise and her employee Rebecca.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Carol Monahan

I recently had the pleasure of visiting this shop, and it was well worth the trip. The two women were extremely helpful and patient, and the yarn selection was fabulous. I thought the prices were excellent too. Throughout the shop were various items that were made up from the yarn the store carried, and there were premeasured kits for each item. It really was a great idea. I bought a lot of yarn, and was thrilled with my purchases. If you live in the States, you can also get a rebate on the tax if your purchases in the store are over $50 Canadian, and your total purchases during your trip exceed $200. If you are near this area of Halifax, you should definetly stop in this shop.

Tangled Skeins
158 Portland Street
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 1J1
(902) 464-0387

Reviewed by Denice Nicholson

Tangled Skeins is a lovely little shop in Old Dartmouth, an area experiencing revitalization. the owner and her staff are very helpful both in selection of product and in giving advice on patterns and technique. They carry a wide and exciting variety of yarns. 4/09

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