Hello Handmade Philly! As promised this post will be about yarn. But first I need to add a fabric shop to the list from my last post.
Anna McCormick was nice enough to respond and let me know about a place I wasn’t aware of. Gaffney Fabrics. They were established in 1970 in Glenside but moved eight years later to their current location at 5401 Germantown Avenue 19144, at Coulter Street; 215-849-8180. http://www.gaffneyfabrics.com. They have a huge 10,00 sq. ft. space with a wide variety of fabrics, buttons, fixings, supplies and notions. They sell fabric by the bolt and have regular sales and promotions. I am really excited to visit them on my next trip across the city. I am looking forward to finding a new place to get cloth.
Now onto the yarn.
Unfortunately, a lot of popular and well-known yarn shops have closed in the past number of years. These include Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Rittenhouse Square, Sophie’s Yarns in Queen Village, The Tangled Web, Chestnut Hill and my favorite Nangellini on South Street. There are still a few old favorites but also lot of new shops have opened up too. Here are a few:
Yarnphoria, located at 1020 Pine Street in Society Hill, 19107, they have a selection of fine yarns and knitting supplies, including double ended and curved needles. The display of their products is arranged in a Beautiful rainbow of colors. The proprietor Dona is really helpful when it comes to suggestions and questions too. She can be reached at 215-923-0914, email@example.com or yarnphoriapa.com
Hidden River Yarns, at 4358 B Main Street in Manayunk, 19127 is a bigger shop with some affordable options as well. They have a larger floor space than some of the boutique shops in center city and am told that affords them a bigger selection of everyday yarns as well as locally spun and other hard to get items. I’m told it is also easy to buy enough skeins for a whole garment instead of having to reorder some from the same dye lot. The last time I was there I saw their big communal knitting table in the center of the shop where they have their knitting instruction and classes as well as supplies. They may be reached at 215-920-2603, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.hiddenriveryarns.com.
The Knit With, 8226 Germantown Avenue is Philadelphia’s oldest specialty knitting shop carrying natural fibers, designer, artisan and novelty yarns with almost 500 different varieties in their store. They carry a range of weights from lace all the way through super bulky and needles from gauge 0-50 of all different lengths and crochet hooks of every size. They also carry books as well as patterns. Their website and e-mail are http://www.theknitwith.com and email@example.com.
Loop is a boutique yarn shop in the Graduate Hospital area at 1914 South Street, 19146. They have cotton as well as wool yarns and small brands and batches not found in other Philadelphia stores. Loop has lessons as well as a workshop next door. They also have a selection of nice accessories and the staff is very helpful.
All of these yarn shops are focused toward knitting but yarn is also used for crocheting and weaving which has not been mentioned before in this post. While I have not found too many yarn shops that sell looms or crochet supplies I did find a few leads on spinning wheels. Loop had a couple of wheels in their workshop the last time I visited. There is also Woolbearers in Mount Holly, New Jersey, which carries wool for spinning as well as a few spinning wheels themselves. I will try to do a blurb on them to add to this post soon, although I hope to visit them first. Lastly, there is supposed to be a good article about spinning and wheels in the March (February?) edition of Spin Off Magazine (through Interweave Knits.) Thank you to Ms. Wood for alerting me to this. I can’t wait to get my copy or find it online.