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Yarn Shop Reviews
Arizona

Arizona Knitting and Needlepoint
3617 N. Goldwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480 945 7455

Reviewed by Bernadette Zanders

I travel A LOT and have visited many shops around the country. This one is a stand-out. It is packed, floor to ceiling with incredibly beautiful yarns, everything I could hope to find in a knit shop (plus lots of yarns and supplies that I've never seen anywhere else before) and really friendly staff that were helpful without being annoying! Their selection of pattern books and reference books is huge too. They helped me to adjust the pattern for a project I purchased so the fit would be just right and I got the best fitting sweater I've ever made. They also ship, so I'm a very happy camper.

Cameron Trading Post
Route 89
Cameron, AZ
1-800-338-7385

Reviewed by Paulette Lane

In Cameron, AZ, we stopped for a meal at the Cameron Trading Post, 54 miles north of Flagstaff on rte 89. In the mercantile section (in business since 1926), suspended from the ceiling, is a multitude of colourful hanks of yarn. Apparently, the Navajo trade this yarn for goods. They offered a colour card with 7 natural colours and 45 commercially dyed colours. The yarn is singles (unplied) in a weight that knits about 4 sts to the inch on 4.5mm needles. I decided on a hank of light grey, dark grey and natural white. I even have a pattern that I designed with exactly those colours. They do mail order anywhere. Ask for Pat or Cindy. Usual disclaimers.

The Fiber Factory
216 W. Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
480-969-4346
out-of-area 888-969-9276

Reviewed by Norma Kurkjian

This inviting and cheerful shop has a complete selection of yarns and accessories for knitting, weaving, spinning, crochet, tatting, basketry and Navajo weaving. What drew me into the shop, however, and kept me there just wandering around was the astonishing selection of beautiful and elegant yarns! To be honest, I am not skilled in the fiber arts, but these yarns are so magnificent it made me want to seriously develop skills just for the pleasure of using these beautiful products!

And to top it off, the personnel are just delightful. They were very helpful and kind to someone like me!

This shop is a treasure!

Grandma's Spinning Wheel
6544 E Tanque Verde Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85715
520-290-3738

Reviewed by Maeve Robertson

Grandma's is the best! Tons of beautiful yarns. Incredibly friendly atmosphere, lessons and knitting groups almost every day. They also sell looms and spinning wheels, roving, dyed and undyed. The classes range from beginning knitting to fair isle. They teach dying and felting. All in the friendliest environment you can imagine. Very helpful and willing to consult. They have knitting groups (no cost on Wednesday evenings. Twice a month sock knitting group with an instructor to demonstrate new patterns and stitches for a very minimal fee. Owned by Vickie and Michael Konecky, two of the nicest people you can imagine. In business for about 4 years and are growing by leaps and bounds, which they richly deserve. No downside to these folks. 11/11

Jessica Knits
10401 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
480-515-4454

Reviewed by Chris Finklein

A darling, bright, cheery sunny piece of knitting fun. Loaded with creative touches in kits or yarns previously unseen or untouched, Jessica Knits is a font of delightful inspiration. Their only weakness is if you are from out of town and want help either over the phone or via email. It's obvious she does not enjoy answering phone questions or wants to solicit long distance participation. This is a place to step visibly inside and wallow in the textures and ideas that hang off every wall. Next time I'm in Scottsdale, I'll return in person and make a point of soaking in Jessica's world without hesitation! 5/07

Needlers Nest
12133 W. Bell Road, #203
Surprise, AZ 85379 623-583-4411

Reviewed by Dee Hutchinson

This shop has just about every yarn imaginable. The needle selections are amazing. Everyone was extremely helpful and made the shopping adventure fun and enjoyable. It's a must see when traveling to the Phoenix area. Very accessible! Also check out the wonderful needlework shop - they have beautiful handpainted canvasses and lots and lots of wonderful threads for cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger, etc. Don't miss it! 7/08

Red Rock Knit & Needlepoint Shop
3100 W. Hwy. 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
(520) 204-1505

Reviewed by Vicky Barton

A small, inviting shop. Everything is priced. Lots of samples and ideas. The owner is very a very experienced knitter and quick to help with stitch questions and project ideas. I stopped in at the beginning of my vacation, bought a few things, and came back for more.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Alexandra Dedrick

I went into this store because I needed a crochet hook while on vacation. The owner, it turned out, was from my hometown, and within minutes we were chatting about yarn stores in the area. She was incredibly helpful, and even offered to help me with the fringe on my poncho, despite me only being in town for a week. If you happen to be touring to Sedona, stop in and take a look at her selection and bring in a recent project - she'd love to see it!

World Wide Hobbies
100 S. Haskell Ave.
Willcox, Az 85643
520-384-3197

Reviewed by Cindy Johnson

A wide selection of yarn from inexpensive to yarn shop quality. I found yarn from Red Heart, Crystal Palace, Lion, Patons, Bernat, Berella 4, Berroco, Brown Sheep, Lang-Jawoll, Sumbeam-St. Ives, DMC, and Sugar & Cream. There was wool, wool blends, cotton, cotton blends, or man-made fiber in all types of sock or baby to chunky yarn. There were novelty yarns to include eyelash. There was a large selection of crochet or tatting thread from #80 on up as well. Roving and spinning or weaving supplies as well. Magazines, books, needles of all kinds special order can be had. Knowledgeable staff and willing to help. They had items not stocked in my home town.

A well stocked store for such a small town,or this part of Arizona, as Tucson is 80 miles one way.

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