KATE's YARN STORE MAP

 My haul from Ewe & You in Irvine, CA.

My haul from Ewe & You in Irvine, CA.

I love to visit yarn stores on my travels. Here are my thoughts about the ones I have visited.

CALIFORNIA
Ewe and You
(Irvine): I had so much fun here when I was visiting CA. A small shop with a very friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful selection of BAAH yarns - lots of machine washable skeins for us baby knitters. Gorgeous colors. I hope I can visit it again.

MASSACHUSETTS
Colorful Stitches (Lenox): I love this bright shop in the Berkshires. Great selection, good prices, and lots to look at. A little hard to find if you are following a GPS, but worth the effort.
Spin-Off Yarn Shop (Williamstown): Friendly shop but I don't love their selection. They do have great sales, so that helps. 
Wonderful Stitches (Great Barrington): This is a CRAZY yarn shop. it is HUGE. They have all of their yarns separated by weight in different rooms. It's a little hard to find prices, since they are posted in a list that's in teeny tiny print. And it's a little weird with cats roaming about... The sale room is fantastic and worth a trip just for that.

NEW JERSEY
Pins and Needles
(Princeton): I love this shop, even though it's a little pricey. Lots of great yarns and patterns. Wonderful sale section. Bright and cheery.

NEW YORK CITY
Argyle (Brooklyn): It's a bit of a trek coming from Astoria, but worth it. I didn't take advantage of this shop when I lived in the neighborhood, but luckily I still have friends who live there, so it's a good excuse to visit. A wonderful shop - well-organized, good selection, friendly folks. Good notions and buttons.
Downtown Yarns (East Village): Super small, with high shelves so I don't feel like I can really browse to my heart's content. No AC, so I would go when it's cool. They do have some lovely yarns, and prices seem good. Still has that real East Village vibe, so it's worth a visit.
Knitty City (Upper West Side): I found this store to be a little small and jumbled. Like most things in NYC, it's pretty cramped - and there were a bunch of ladies camped out knitting that made it difficult to get to the sale bins. Some lovely yarn, but I don't think it will be my go-to store.
Lion Brand Yarn Studio (Union Square)I love this store for its warm atmosphere, wonderful classes, needles and notions, and 24/7 cotton yarn. A great place to learn. Don't forget to check to see if you get any discounts - I get 10% off for being a member of WFUV radio station.
Purl SoHo (SoHo): So gorgeous. So chic. So expensive... and so not machine washable. I swear, it's impossible to spend less than $100 here. I love everything, but I can't afford to shop here all the time.

NEW YORK
Common Thread
(Saratoga): Some excellent finds here - The Fibre Company especially, which I seem to have trouble finding. I liked the shop layout. Good selection of books and patterns. Lots of sample knits around - good yarnspiration!

VERMONT
Must Love Yarn (Shelburne): A great shop that could hold lots more yarn - the store feels like it should have more in it! Very good prices. Cute samples on the shelves. Helpful staff. Well-organized store.
Yarn & Yoga (Bristol): A cute, if cramped, shop in a sweet downtown area. Good sale section, though blocked by eager store knitters. Big selection of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino and Plymouth DK Superwash.

VIRGINIA
Dances with Wool
(Richmond): A very cute shop with a good selection. Some beautiful locally dyed yarns. Very spacious and friendly.
Knitting B (Richmond): Nice little shop with a good selection. Great sale yarn! Excellent button selection.