Thursday, September 13, 2007

Statewide Yarn Shop Frenzy!

Susie and I spent a very busy week visiting yarn shops and lighthouses all over Central Florida. I’m finally getting around to putting together a list and review of the shops we visited. I tried to put them in the order we visited them in.

150 N. Swoope Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: 888-324-KNIT
This is my most frequented shop. She has a large selection of yarns and I can always find something. She also offers some great classes.

900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 106
Longwood, FL 32779
Phone: (407) 767-KNIT or (407) 767-5648
These are truly some of the nicest people I know. I always go away feeling happy. They are very helpful and user friendly. They have a great selection of yarns and the shop is arranged in a very welcoming manner.

1517 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33629
Phone: (813) 245-KNIT
Lovely shop, laid out well, good lighting and selection of yarn. The clerks seemed very nice and accommodating, it’s just too bad I was so crabby after dealing with the Tampa traffic.

31962 U.S. Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Phone: (727) 784-6778
There was a huge selection of yarn and patterns for such a small shop. However, because of the size of the shop it was too claustrophobic for me, plus with my wool allergies I could barely breathe by the time I left the shop. The owner was very nice.

5300 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Unit 7
Phone: (904) 236-3000
This shop has been around a long time. Erma is a very nice lady and you can find some real gems here.

4113 NW 13th St
Gainsville, FL 32606
Phone: (352) 337-9965
[Exit off Interstate 75 at exit 77 onto 39th Ave. go east to 13th Ave then
north 1 block.]
Hands down the favorite of all the shops of both Susie and I. I wanted to bring the girls home with me they were that wonderful. They have a huge selection of yarns and patterns. Gorgeous tote bags if you collect them and some great kits and displays. Lot’s of temptations for both Susie and I. I could truly spend hours there.

10584-6 Old Saint Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Phone: (904) 260-1636
I enjoyed this shop a lot as well. For someone with wool allergies, they had a great selection of alternatives. I bought some sock yarn made out of corn fibers that seems very soft. The shop is laid out well with plenty of room to move. She also had some nice groupings of furniture to sit around and knit and visit. I can see why the girls from the Black Purls Knitting group out of St. Augustine make this their shop of choice.

2546 US Highway 1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: (904) 797-9951
Fran has only been open a short time, but she is definitely going in the right direction. She is a lovely lady who reminds me of my mentor, Marion. This is the place to go if you are looking for knitting machine yarns and patterns. There is a group of machine knitting ladies that come down from Jacksonville to meet and knit. Even though she has a lot of knitting machine items she has plenty of other things, with plans to add more. Definitely worth checking out and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the future.

600 South Yonge Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Phone: (386) 676-9111
This is my second favorite shop. When I walked inside I truly felt like I was back home in Minnesota. The place had that warm hominess that I miss. People were sitting around laughing, stitching and eating. The shop is for sale and I think it would be great if it would continue to be in business, because there is definitely a place for it in that part of the state.

46 N Brevard Ave (1 block West of A1A @ North First in the Bailiwick Mall)
Cocoa Beach, Fl 32931
Phone: 321-783-4550
I knew I was going to love this place when the owner answered the phone “I’m all strung out, are you?" The shop owner and other people in there were a lot of fun. This was a cute shop and I love the way she incorporated beading and knitting. This is definitely a place I want to go back and check out when I’m not so tired.

The next time I decide to hit some yarn shops, I’m going to plan on doing it on a smaller scale. I’ve come to realize that I don’t have the energy to do major trips like I used to. I really had a fun week but it was way too exhausting!

Tomorrow is Yarn P@RN Friday so I will wait until then to post pictures of my stash from the trip.


Anonymous said...

Great reviews! I'll have to try that shop in Ormond Beach.

There is one you missed on your list --- Stitch & Knit in Cocoa Village. It's on Stone St. Ann has cross stitch, needlepoint AND a nice selection of yarn and supplies.

I love her sock yarns!

shopgirl said...

What a great list. It sounds like you ladies had FUN.

Michelle said...

What about Jackie's Fine Yarns?

Cindiluhu said...

Jackie's has gotten a lot of my business this year. We wanted to try some new places. Jackie is still my main yarn supplier.