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Monday, September 25, 2006

Got Yarn?

I was browsing at the s'n'b Melbourne Yahoo Group today, and there was a post from a newly arrived knitter, asking for local yarn sources. Here's my answer:

Hey Claire -

You don't mention where in Melbourne you are.

Your fairly ordinary yarns can be found at Spotlight stores throughout Melbourne; they stock Cleckheaton wool which is dependable and one label can be machine-washable, as well as Panda Woolbale which can be felted, not to mention a good selection of acrylics, if that floats your boat :)

If you're east of the CBD, try Sunspun in Canterbury, pricy but most Rowanettes end up there sooner or later. Wondoflex in Malvern has a wide range of wool, as well as some weird and wonderful yarns. They stock Filatura di Crosa, too. Wool Baa in Albert Park is a lovely store (probably my first choice) and has an excellent range of yarns, patterns and needles. Marta's in Waverley Rd, East Malvern (near Caulfield station) is an Aladdin's Cave. Try to stuff your ears with cotton wool before you go in, or the yarns will all whisper to you, calling for you to take them home :D

AK Traditions in Malvern Rd, Prahran/Hawksburn has a good range of Rowan, although their main focus is their amazing range of felted handcrafts from one of the formerly-Russian republics (Kyrgyz Republic).

Wool Shop Direct (no apparent website) has a store in the city (upstairs at the cnr of Russell and Bourke) and also near Moorabbin station and in Surrey Hills. Williamstown in the inner west has Stitchery Blue, knitting yarn and needlework generally.

I believe there's a shop out east, Doncaster/Knox way, who sells Brown Sheep and Red Heart yarns, as well as Classic Elite. Anyone know the name of this one - it seems to be one I haven't been to, odd as that may seem...

For something one-off and unusual, try the Handweavers and Spinners Guild's Gallery in North Carlton. Guild members sell their handspun yarn there for not much more than standard 8 ply ($5.50 for 50g, roughly). You can get anything from one skein to a sweater/jumper's worth. Also in the north is Knitter's Workshop in Brunswick, again a good range of quality yarns (last time I looked).

Most of the festivals are over for the year, except for the Textile Fibre Forum's open day in Geelong this Saturday. WHY must it be on Grand Final day??? Sooo not fair when passions collide (go Swans!). If you go to this, say hi to Sarah Durrant, who sells Colinette yarns in the same way that the targets of the Purana taskforce sell illicit substances.... (hi Sarah *waves cheekily and ducks for cover*)

Another out of town destination is Bendigo Woollen Mills. They give great mail order, no website. Call (03) 5442 4600 and ask for a shade card. They usually give you 10% off within a certain timeframe for new customers, just to tempt you that little bit more. Quality is excellent, and comes in 200g balls (fewer ends to darn in)

Did I forget anyone?

Welcome; hopefully we'll see you tomorrow night (and/or any last Wednesday of the month) at the meet at Prahran Market in Commercial Road, 7pm at Mojito's, licensed and great dinners!

4 Comments:

  • North of the city there's also a place in Cumberland Rd, Pascoe Vale, and the Yarn Barn (not quite LYS, but selling their own put-up wool and some cotton, as I recall) in Reynolds Rd, Coburg.

    East of the city there's also the little shop in Hawksburn? (under the railway line on Orrong Rd), and a good range of yarn at the Button Shop in Glenferrie Rd Malvern (also the most amazing range of buttons in town, except for the place in the city).

    Heading further south-east, there's the Wool Village at Brandon Park, and the wool shop at the bottom of Lonsdale St in Dandenong.

    Sorry I haven't time to chase links for those that have them - need to finish sewing up the top I want to wear tomorrow so I can show it off at s'n'b.

    Jill.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:49 am  

  • Found you :D

    Thanks again for the list too.

    By Blogger OzKnitter, at 6:25 am  

  • The other one I think is worth visiting is Calico and Chintz, on Auburn Road I think, under the railway line. Range of quilting fabrics as well as yarns including some norwegian and american brands I haven't seen in other shops.

    By Blogger Di, at 7:08 pm  

  • Just for the record, Wool Shop direst has a website - http://www.thewoolshop.com/
    which reflects its history as Knitters of Australia. And they're all listed on the Group yahoo homepage too.

    By Blogger Karen, at 11:09 pm  

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