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Yarn Shop Reviews
Virginia

Aylin's Woolgatherer
7245 Arlington Blvd., #318
Loehmann's Plaza Shopping Center
Falls Church, VA 22042
703-573-1900
800-775-WOOL
Mon-Sat 10:00-5:00, Thur. 10:00-7:30

Reviewed by Michelle Strange

High-end yarns, including Missoni and Adrienne Vittadini. Personal service and a wide variety of yarn in a very small shop. I got a lot of acrylic baby yarn and several patterns.

Beltway to Rte 50 East (exit 8, Arlington Boulevard). Shopping Center is set back on the right hand side. Aylins is upstairs in the office building near the middle of the center. Elevator available.

Coordinated Colors Yarn Shoppe
2703 George Washington Highway
Yorktown, VA 23693
757-874-3939

Reviewed by EC Riddell

Peninsula knitters rejoice! There is finally a yarn shop that is convenient to Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and of course York County. Coordinated Colors has a fabulous selection of brands and colorways. They have more sock yarn than any shop I've visited. Flexible class schedule and easy to find. 3/08

Fiber Connection Inc.
17403 Tidewater Trail
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
540-371-5207
Hours:10-5 Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Reviewed by Rachel Proffitt

This store is a wonderful little store, just taking off. The lady inside is very friendly. She sells knitting yarns, spinning supplies, fiber for spinning, looms, books and magazines (old and new). There are spindles and wheels for sale, homespum yarns and many types of other yarns. Cottons, chenilles, wool etc. She has a large supply of patterns and will has classes and meetings hosted in her shop on Friday nights (after the summer!)

Got Yarn
13211 Midlothian Tpke
Midlothian, VA 23114
888 242-4474
804-594-0323

Reviewed by Bess Haile

I would like to say a good word for a wonderful shop in Richmond VA. Got Yarn is a new shop, only one year old, with a fantastic inventory, wonderful selection of books and a website for more extensive mail-order purchases. Her website says she stocks something like 20% of what she sells, so be ready for a grand selection.

I'm mighty glad for all the mail-order services - living in the country I couldn't do without them! But there is nothing like seeing and touching and at Got Yarn there is plenty of both. Donna doesn't mind if you want to linger for hours (guilty) but she's ready with answers about the stock if you have questions. I really like it that she works with her own yarns. She knows what she has, what else the manufacturer offers, how it knits up. In fact, I suggested that perhaps she opened up a shop just so she could feed her own habit and she agreed there was a little truth in that.

Lots of Virginia folks end up in Richmond sooner or later, because it's the state capitol and also the serious shopping city for surrounding rural areas, so if you have an afternoon between Tuesday and Saturday, check out this shop.

Professional Drive is just off Forest Hill Ave. less than a mile from Huguenot High school.

Hunt Country Yarns
6482 Main Street
The Plains, VA 20198
540-253-9990
Owner: Bob Kelly
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5pm, Thursday 10 am-7pm (drop in knitting) Sunday noon-5pm

Reviewed by Michelle Strange

He carries needlepoint and crewel supplies, spinning wheels and fleece. Good assortment of kits, from Ironstone sweaters to baby hats. Many patterns and unusual buttons.

Bob is the big draw here; he spends a lot of time helping each customer and is a real character.

Have Sunday brunch at one of Middleburg's many restaurants and shop at Hunt Country Yarns. Non-knitters can amuse themselves in the many antique shops. I especially liked the card/candy/party supplies store on Madison Street.

Knit Happens
127A North Washington Street (GW Parkway)
Alexandria, VA
703-836-0039

Reviewed by Michelle Strange

This shop is at the edge of old town alexandria, so bring quarters for the meters, or come on Sunday when parking is free. A great addition to the area, this shop is bright and full of yarn. Makes a great addition to your DC area sightseeing.

Knitting Sisters
1915 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-258-5005

Reviewed by Lorraine Smith

While on a family vacation at Colonial Williamsburg, to do some Revolutionary War reenacting, I couldn't help myself when I saw there was a yarn store in the area.

I wasn't disappointed. There was a lovely selection of yarns and sundries. The people were friendly and kind--ever willing to help you find just the right yarn for the right project. I left with a huge bag full of great wool yarn in a multitude of colours.

Needle on the Square
Rt. 419 and Colonial Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24015
540-774-8797

Reviewed by Karen Taniguchi

I loved this shop! The women were very friendly and helpful, making some suggestions about yarns to use (I love to knit socks) and asking my color preferences as they pulled out yarns for me to look at. The selection of yarns is wonderful and there were a lot of projects on display. Although I only stopped there while on vacation, I can't wait to go back! There's a classroom in the back and the people in there just seemed to be having a tremendous amount of fun! 7/08

Old Town Needlecrafts
9774 Center Street
Manassas, VA 22110
703-330-1846
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 10-5:30; Tu, Th 10-7; Sat 10-5

Reviewed by Eugenia Fisher

Old Town Needlecrafts is a unique shop located on Rte 28, south of the city. It has high quality knitting yarns, needles and accessories, needlepoint supplies, cross stitch supplies and a large colledction of fine quality quilting fabrics. Not only are the best supplies available, but the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They are trained in any of these needlearts. Some of the yarn you will find are: Anny Blatt, Bouton D'or, Plymouth Yarns, Reynolds, Artful Yarns, Jaeger, Brown Sheep, Tahki, Dale of Norway and many other high quality yarns.

They offer classes in knitting at all levels including design and private instruction is available by appointment. I believe they also offer classes in needlepoint, hardanger, quilting, cross stitch. They feature mystery quilts twice a year in Jan and July as demonstration classes.

On The Lamb
906 N. Augusta St.
Staunton, VA 24404

540-886-9276

Reviewed by Ruth Washburn

If you are ever near Staunton Virginia, please take time to visit a new yarn shop called, On The Lamb. It will be worth the visit, as you are made to feel so at home in this quaint victorian style yarn shoppe. I was welcomed by Joe, who then guided me through all the unique fibers he had to offer and the many projects he has made. He's very talented and has the patience of a saint. I was always afraid to ask certain questions about knitting, as I thought they were too silly, but he assured me they were common questions, and to never be afraid to ask for help. I have never felt so at home as I did in his shop, it was like spending a day with your best friend. Right now his shop is new and space is limited, but he is making room for many more designer yarns in the future. I can't wait to go back next year on vacation to see how many projects he has completed. The shop is also starting in on a charity project for cancer, and has many other charity projects ongoing. 6/07

Orchardside Yarn Shop
273 Raphine Road
Raphine, VA 24472
1-877-648-9276

Reviewed by Sue Good

This is a wonderful little country cottage on Orchardside Farm in Raphine, Va., a little hamlet between Lexington (home of Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Academy) and Staunton, Va. If you knit and happen to be going south on Interstate 81 through Virginia, take the exit for route 11 toward Raphine. You won't be disappointed. Carole Griffin, the owner (it was originally owned by her mother when it was in Staunton) is just the friendliest, kindest expert knitter I've ever come across. She is delighted to help anyone from the first time knitter to the expert. She has a wonderful selection of speciality yarns, fairly expensive, but being there is such a great experience for all your senses (she'll give you hot cocoa, cider, and homemade bread, depending on the season!), that you will be tempted. She has lots of patterns, books and a small but good selection of needles and other tools. She also has many samples. She teaches classes (she has the sorority girls at W&L clicking away) and gives individual instruction. The first time I stepped into her shop, she not only found some yarn to match a sweater that was unraveling, she fixed it for me too (all at no charge!). Within the same two mile area are Wade's Mill, Buffalo Springs Herb Farm and Rockbridge Winery, none of which should be missed. She recently added a web site and a toll free number for ordering yarn, as well as a newsletter on the web site. She has a great dog to help you make your selection, too! I can't say enough good things about this shop and I go there as often as I can, although I live six hours away!

Sereknity
2223 Crystal Spring Ave.
Roanoke, VA 24015
540-345-5648

Reviewed by Karen Taniguchi

I stopped in this shop while on vacation in Roanoke, VA. The store is small but has a great selection of yarn and, most exciting to me, a nice selection of Schafer Yarns from Interlaken, NY. The lady who waited on me was very pleasant and helpful. With the selection of Schafer Yarns in stock, I wish the store was closer but will definitely stop there again when visiting family and friends in the area. 7/08

Springwater Fiber Workshop
808 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA
703-549-3634
Fax 703-549-3631
Mon-Sat 10:00-5:00, Thur 10:00-8:00, Sun 1:00-5:00

Reviewed by Michelle Strange

Supplies for weaving, knitting, dyeing, spinning. Nonprofit organization, that sells hand dyed yarn and other supplies to help fund classes and shop space. Very helpful (volunteer) staff. Driving and Metro directions are on the web page.

Uniquities
421-D Church St, NE
Vienna, VA 22180
703-242-0520

Reviewed by Mary Robinson

This shop is a gem! The owner Brenda Fitzsimons has managed to offer a wide variety of yarn and accessories in a small space. You can find everything from Brown Sheep to Berrocco with a sprinkling of Stacy Charles and Noro thrown in for fun. Classes and workshops are offered on a year round basis.

The shop is conveniently located near Tysons Corner Shopping Mall in the town of Vienna, Va. The best part of shopping here is that everyone is made to feel sooooo welcome that they never want to leave.

Hours: Tues, Fri, Sat 10-5:30; Wed 11-6:30; Thur 10-5

Directions: From 495 (Capital Beltway) get off at Exit 11 (Route 123 South). Go about one mile, passing Tysons Corner, crossing over Rt 7 (Leesburg Pike) entering the town of Vienna. At East Street take a right, take first left on to Church Street. Continue about a block then take a left into Vienna Square parking lot the store is at the end of the lot on the left.

From Rt 66 get off at Exit 62 (route243/Nutley Street towards Vienna) continue on Nutley about 3/4 of a mile to Rt 123 (Maple Ave) take a right at the light (123/North Maple Ave, continue on Rt 123 (Maple Ave) for about 1/2 mile take a left onto Beulah Road. At the first light take a right onto Church Street. Take the first right into Vienna Square parking lot. The store is at the end of the lot on the left.

Yarn 'N Ewe
460 Turner St., Suite 210
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-961-0226
Hours: M-F 10-5; Sat 10-4

Reviewed by Marilyn Spencer

This shop carries a nice selection of Plymouth Encore, Galway, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, Paton's Classic Wool and Look at Me, Regia and Fortissima sock yarns, nice cottons, and much more. Addi Turbo and Plymouth needles are stocked as well as a nice pattern selection for children and adults, including patterns by Maggie's Rags, a local designer. The owner is very pleasant and knowledgeable and will gladly mail out-of-town orders. The shop is located in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, about 35 miles southwest of Roanoke.

The Yarn Barn
9413-C Old Burke Lake Road
Burke, VA 22015
703-978-2220
1-800-762-5274

Reviewed by Tammi Yiakoumatos

This shop has been in existence for over 30 years and is owned and run by a mother/daughter team, Sally Roberts and Penny Sanford. It is a very large store with a wide range of yarns. There are many pattern books, from very old patterns to brand new from Katia, Anny Blatt, etc. Penny carries a lot of diverse yarns in a range of prices and her philosophy is that she stocks winter yarns year 'round as she believes you can never have enough winter sweaters! She has classes and workshops and invites knitters to drop in for advice and assistance any time.

Directions: From the Beltway: 495 to Braddock Road west, make a left onto Burke Lake Road. Follow Burke Lake Road until you see Burke Road. Make a left on Burke Road and the shop is on the left, just across the street from the firestation/gas station. If you pass Burke Nursery you have gone too far. From Kingstowne/95/395 corridor: Take the Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, exit. Straight on OKM until Rolling Road. Make a right on Rolling Road, then a left onto Burke Road (across from the Interstate company). Pass Burke Gardens, the shop is across the street from the Citgo gas station, near the 7-11.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Sharon Draznin

The owners of this shop want you to come in and ask questions on Wednesday. They charge $5.00 per question. Usually they ignore you and other customers who appear to be "regulars" try to direct you to the yarn you might want to purchase. I find the owners very unfriendly and unhelpful. Personally, I avoid shopping in this store. 2/11

Yarn Basket
367 Independence Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 497-9276

Reviewed by by Eileen Gaffigan

Located across the street from Pembroke Mall. The owners are a mother/daughter team. I went in with a friend to purchase a circular needle. My friend is VERY new to knitting. The owners were very attentive and gave her alot of advice and suggestions on projects to make to help encourage her. They were very knowledgeable and creative. The store is large, uncluttered and organized. It was a pleasure to go through it.

The Yarn Club
240 Mustang Trail, Suite 8
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757-486-KNIT (5648)

Reviewed by Carol James

The Yarn Club..."where everyone knows your name." A wonderful friendly welcoming shop filled with color. Luxurious yummy yarns that you are encouraged to "pet". A very helpful staff willing to solve your knitting problems. This bright spacious shop has plenty of room for customers to knit socially as well as formal classes.And those big comfy chairs are so inviting!!! The selection of yarn is a bit overwhelming....so much to choose from, and lots of patterns too. The Yarn Club is a great addition to Virginia Beach. 8/11

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