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Yarn Shop Reviews
West Virginia

Knit 'n' Hook
703 6th Ave.
Huntington, WV
304-697-9276

Reviewed by Debbi Young

Joyce Clark is the owner and she's taken over a room in the back of an eclectic gift/antique shop called etcetera. Her shop is called Knit 'n' Hook. As she is the grandmother of a two-year-old, she carries lots of good-quality acrylic in youthful-looking colors. And as she also is quite stylish, she carries lots and lots of novelty yarns in natural fibers. Lots of eyelash, textural and glitzy yarns are available, as well as a variety of sock yarns. She stocks loads of circular needles in various lengths and bamboo dpns -- no straight needles, as these are readily available at craft/fabric stores in the area. She doesn't have a large selection of patterns, but will special-order from the vendors she has accounts with. She's just starting out, and would rather inventory a wide variety of yarn than tie up her money in patterns and gadgets.

This shop was reviewed by a second knitter.
Reviewed by Pamela R. Murphy

My first visit to a yarn shop was to Knit and Hook. I love knitting and crochet and decided to go some place beside Walmart! I am afraid I was very disappointed. Not by the beautiful yarn selection but by how the owner treated me. The feel of this shop was almost hostile. I guess she has had people come into her shop and try to sniff out her patterns. I didn't mind at first when she told me she would ask me to leave if she caught me counting stitches, etc., but she followed me around repeating this while I wondered around trying to enjoy the experience of my first foray into yarn heaven. I am still wondering if she disliked me on sight or if every new face receives the same treatment. I really feel that a yarn shop needs to be warm and inviting. I am not deterred, though. I will go back!

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