Friday, January 19, 2007

Eugeni.x - A shop of Alpacas




Eugenix is a small company that specialized on alpacas! Steve and Jennifer, a young couple in Etobicoke started their retail business just before last Christmas. They started breeding alpacas at a farm (Green Acres Alpacas) in Southern Ontario 2 years ago. They sell 100% Canadian alpaca yarn, roving, hand-woven scarves and baby booties that made from their own alpacas! As well they carry other manufacturer's alpaca products. At this stage, they haven't established a store front. But you can have a visit and touch the purest alpaca products at their house by appointment. You can also visit Green Acres Alpacas and say hello to Shaccoyo and Peanut, the two alpacas raised by Jenn and Steve.

Website: http://www.alpacaeugenix.com/home1.html
Jennifer's e-mail: Jennifer.Hagey@quebecorworld.com

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mary's Yarns


Where: 136 Main Street, Unionville, ON L3R 2G5
The Main Street is at north west of Kennedy Road and Highway 7.
Here is the map.

When: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm.

Web page: http://www.markcullen.com/resources/marysyarns.htm

Phone #: (905) 479-7833

Features: This is a one of a kind, cottage style yarn shop as you can see from the picture!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Sweet Home

Yup! This is the place with Japanese stuff. Special thanks to Kathy Au for taking this nice photo for me!

Where: First Markham Place, Unit 125, 3255 Highway 7 East

Phone #: (905) 479 7833

Feature: I have very limited information on this store since I've only been there once. But certainly this is a nice place for gathering of Cantonese speaking knitsters. They have knitting class available - $60/month. Yes they also have a big shelf full of Japanese pattern books from the latest Keito Dama to some really vintage ones. I think it's worth it to go there and browse through those gorgeous pattern books (and also because First Markham is a huge Asian Mall with hundreds of restaurants - yummy food!) However, these books are not for SALE. If you really like a pattern, you can request for one copy cost at $1/pattern. Most of the yarn there are Japanese brands with prices close to those of the European's. They also carry some American yarns such as Needful.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

More yarn shops to come...

Xmas is coming and I am ready to hunt for more yarn shops!
Here is the list:

Mary's Yarns - 136 Main St.Unionville, ON L3R 2G5+1 (905) 479-7833

Sweet Home - First Markham Place, Markham

The Knitting Place - 1738 Avenue RoadToronto, ON+1 (416) 787 8100

Sew 'n Knit 'n Serge Outlet - 885-889 O'Connor DriveEast York, ON M4B 2S7

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Alterknit

Note: Please don't be fooled by this crappy picture. Alterknit has very nice interior furnishings and yummy cafe food.

Where: 1024 St Clair Avenue West, about 100 meters east of Dufferin St on the North side of St Clair Avenue West.

Store Hours: ---

Phone #: 416-654-0500
E-mail: alterknit@bellnet.ca

Web site: www.alterknitcafe.com (coming soon!)

Alterknit is the newest yarn store in Toronto!

Knitomatic

Where: 1378 Bathurst St, 3 blocks south of St. Clair Ave on the West side of Bathurst St

Store Hours:
Sunday summer - closed, winter 11am - 5pm
Monday 11am - 6pm
Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 8pm
Thursday 11am - 8pm
Friday 11 am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm

Web site: http://knitomatic.com/
Store Blog: http://knitomatic.blogspot.com/

Phone #: (416) 653-7849
E-mail: knitomatic@gmail.com

Special Events:
Stitch 'n Bitch Wednesdays 6pm to 8 pm
Fibre Philanthropy / Street Knit Wednesdays 6pm to 8 pm

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Passion Knit Ltd.

Where: 3232 Yonge Street (about 150 meters north from the intersection of Yonge St. & Lawrence Ave. )

When: Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am ~ 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Sunday & Monday closed

Summer Hours: (July 1 to Labour Day)
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

Phone #: (416) 322-0688

Feature: High class yarns, mostly Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Jaeger, Noro, etc, etc...

Every year in June they have a big big summer sale. Everthing is on SALE for a whole month.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Knitting Basket


Where: 2900 Warden Avenue, Bridlewood Mall
(at the intersection of Warden Ave. & Finch Ave.)

When: Open everyday

Phone #: (416) 498-7325

Knitting lessons and mail orders available.
This store has fine DMC crochet threads up to size 80. Perfect for Irish crochet lace.
Always has yarn on sale.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Romni Wools

Where: 658 Queen Street West
( on the north side of Queen St. W., about 100 meters away from the intersection of Bathurst St. & Queen St. W.)

Website: http://www.romniwools.com/

Phone #: (416) 703 -0202

Feature: The largest yarn store I've ever seen in my life, with a huge collection of kitting & crochet books.

The overall prices of the yarns are cheaper than the other stores in Toronto.
If you are a student, don't forget to bring your student card. They offer an extra 10% discount.

Big sale in July, everything is 20% off.
Boxing Week sale on December 27 every year, everything is 25% off.

Lettuce Knit


Where: 66 1/2 Nassau Street (in Kensington Market)

Note: Lettuce Knit moved to another place nearby on July 5, 2006. The new address is 70 Nassau Street, just one door west from the old store.

Website: http://www.lettuceknit.com/

Phone #: (416) 203-9970

Feature: high quality natural fibres, large collection of sock yarns.

This is a small but cozy yarn store with a very friendly "knitting" mood inside. A good place to shop for natural fibres and hand-dyed yarns. Knitting, crochet, and spinning classes available.

The Naked Sheep

Where: 2144A Queen Street East, in the Beach area.

How I get there from Scarborough: get off at Woodbine Station, take the south bound Woodbine Bus to Queen St. E., take the east bound Queen St. street car for about 5 minutes, and the store is on the north side of Queen St. E.

Website: http://nakedsheep.ca/

Phone #: (416) 691-6320

Feature: High Quality yarns with a huge collection of Rowan, Debbie Bliss and Noro.

This is a nice store for yound and hip knitters and crocheters. Knitting and crochet classes available. Listen to Knitcast 24 - Toronto to know more about this knitting store and knitters in Toronto.

Village Yarns


Where: 4895 Dundas Street West
(get off at Islington Station, take the 37 Islington Bus to Dundas Street West, walk to the west side of Dundas St. W. for about 150 meters and the store is on the south side of Dundas St. W.)

Website: http://www.villageyarns.com/

Phone #: (416) 696-2670

Feature: High quality yarns, and they have evey issue of Rowan magazines, Jaeger pattern books and many other surprising patterns (but mostly for store display only).

This is a big yarn store with everything so well organized. The yarns are placced according to their weights and styles. So when travel around the store, you would smoothly get into the novelty yarn area, aran weight yarn area, DK yarn area, lace yarn area, etc, and the gauge and price information is listed on tiny little tags, so everything is clear.

The hand knitted items dislayed here have very professional finishings. It's worth to go and just have a look on those sweaters.

The Wool Mill

Where: 2170 Danforth Ave.
(near the Woodbine Station, on the north east side of the intersection of Woodbine Ave. & Danforth Ave.)

When: Monday to Friday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 5:00pm
Sunday Closed

Phone #: (416) 696-2670

Feature: Knitting classes at $10/hour. Many back issue knitting magazines to dig! Yarn at good price. Discount yarns.

This is a traditional kind of yarn store. They offer a variety of "classes" of yarns from Rowan to Red Heart. Very nice service.

The Yarn Boutique

Where: 1719 Bloor Street West
(near the Keele Station, at the south east side of the intersection of Bloor St. W. and Keele St. )

When: Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, Saturday & Sunday Closed

Phone #: (416) 760-9129

Feature: Knitting Classes, big collection of Inox and Clover needles, crochet stuff, and the price of the yarn seems lower than many other stores.

It looks like a tiny store but it's very roomy inside.

What is this blog about...

I travel around the city of Toronto during this summer, and look for yarn shops... If you know a yarn store in Toronto that is not in this page. Please tell me (together with the address of the store). I will get there and put a record here. Also, if any of the information on this page is incorrect. Please email me and I will correct it as soon as possible.