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Yarn Shop Reviews
Rhode Island

And The Beadz Go On
One West Main St
North Kingstown, RI

Reviewed by Patricia Davis

It is by far the most popular and busiest yarn shop in Rhode Island, yet the smallest in size. Her customers are always ribbing the owner to expand. Martha, the owner, has a very well educated staff to assist her clientle with alternative solutions for all of their knitting concerns. She has a following which spans as far away as Hartford, CT, north of Boston, MA, and Cape Cod.

Saturdays and Sundays usually find the shop packed to the gills with customers. It is not unusual to find a line forming 15 minutes before opening building to 10-15 customers when the door opens for business. The shop offers a wide selection of fine yarns with the full gamet of colors and textures, and the newest fashion yarns are always on hand for the seasonal changes since Martha attends both major yarn shows in San Diego in January and Columbus, OH in June ....It certainly is a must see for the knitting conneseur or the novice.. I sure hope you have the chance and good fortune to visit and review this one of a kind yarn shop.

Bella Yarns
508 Main St.
Warren, RI 02885

Reviewed by Aiden Raine

This is an adorable yarn shop, always light and airy with a comfortable couch area to sit in and knit. The owner, Kim, has been knitting since she was little and is not only patient, but an expert at her craft. You can bring in your knitting and have her patiently help you with your problems. This shop has loads of different kinds of yarn but is really well organized and easy to navigate. Bella carries knitting supplies, books, and patterns as well as accessories made from the yarn. Kim offers classes in the evenings and is a great teacher. I'm sure she'd love for you to try out your purchases while taking a load off on her comfy sofas.

Knit One, Purl Too!
406A Main Street
Wakefield RI, 02879

Reviewed by Spencer Celeste

This quaint little shop, tucked into the side street of historic Wakefield, RI is a bright stop in anyone's knitting adventure! Owned by Regina (Gina) Campbell, she and her staff, will make you feel as if you are part of their close knit family. They are always having classes, new yarns arrive weekly and knitting needle can be made, to order, by a local artist. Almost any design can be applied to the top of these handmade, wooden knitting needles! Also on September 10th, 2007, Norah Gaugham, Berroco's Design Director, will be there for a book signing and trunk show! Gina and her staff keep up on the latest trend by attending local Trade Shows, thereby assuring that they are always up to date on what's new in the yarn business! Store hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm. 5/07

Manmade by Jonne
195 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 829-0015

Reviewed by Sandi Nemeskay

This is one of the most unique shops on the yarn shop trail in Rhode Island. A cozy shop with something wonderful tucked into every nook and cranny. Mostly natural fibers such as wools, alpaca, mohair blends in many different weights and colors. Yarns for knitting and weaving and also fibers for handspinners. Spinning wheels in the window along with many handmade items knitted by Jonne. Knitting needles and notions are always available as well as lessons in all phases of knitting from beginner to lace. Handspinning and weaving lessons are also available there. Jonne is a wonderful person who is and expert in knitting ,weaving and handspinning. He is always able to help you with questions about color, type of yarns and what to do with that skein you just had to buy but have no idea what to do with. I spent an afternoon in the shop and didn't want to leave and now am planning my next visit. The most friendly atmosphere I've ever encountered in a yarn shop. If you are in the area you just have to stop in and meet Jonne and see all the beautiful yarns and fiber related things in this wonderful shop.

MrsMay Yarns
957 Namquid Drive
Warwick, RI 02888

Reviewed by Jane Battey

MrsMay Yarns is a tiny little shop located within HeidiHope Photography Studio in Governor Frances Farms Shopping Center. I love the handspun, hand-dyed yarns from local spinners the most! While a bit small, MrsMay stocks needles, original patterns, books, etc. I found Debbie Bliss and Araucania yarns here as well as a hundred or more handspun beauties! I love this little shop and I hope she's there forever! 11/09

Peter Patchis Yarns
174 Cross St.
Central Falls, RI

Reviewed by Better Swanson

Super yarns...lots of choices both style and colors.

R.A. Yarns
2199 Post Road (Next to Chelo's across from TF Green Airport)
Warwick, RI 02886

Reviewed by Lisa Alpert

R. A. Yarns has only been open since May, 2002, but word has spread like wildfire about this treasure. Ruth Ann; the owner of this shop is a 'gem' and always offers a warm welcome.

The shop offers a plethora of the latest trends in novelty yarns, traditional fibers, baby yarns, knitting and crochet needles, kits, patterns, books, buttons, and a host of other accessories.

Whether you are an advanced yarn artist or just a beginner you will find yourself feeling like part of the family. The staff is always available to help you find the right combination for your project and for those who have gotten lost or fumbled on a project, feel free to bring it in and the staff will help you at any time. Classes and workshops are offered weekly.

This treasure trove will bring you back time and again.

Sakonnet Purls
3988 Main Rd.
Tiverton, RI

Reviewed by Beth Barrett

This shop is tucked away in a lovely village near the water. The shop is large and carries many of the latest trends. An enormous supply of a variety of yarns and supplies. The sales are fantastic, making this a definite find! The owners are friendly and knowledgeable.

Yarns at Lace Wings
954 Mineral Spring Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860 (No. Providence/Pawtucket line)

Reviewed by Eileen Banks

You must visit Rhode Island's best yarn shop! Mary, the owner, has created a visually inviting space to relax and explore one of the state's largest selections of wonderful yarns. Her passion, to spread her love of knitting, is evident throughout the store. All the latest patterns, books, needles, sample projects, and interesting classes add to this exciting experience. You can stop by anytime for advice, even if you did not buy your yarn at this store. Her friendly and knowledgeable staff will work with you to be sure you are satisfied before you leave. New yarns are beautifully displayed in a handicap accessible space. And the prices are competitive too. There are many baskets of new and last season's yarns on sale every day. There is always something new and different going on at this store! There is a project or class for everyone! I love this yarn store! Open 7 days a week.

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