On a sunny Saturday morning about a month ago, Holly, Lisa and I set forth on a little knitting expedition. Holly needed to buy yarn and invited us along to keep her company. She wanted to check out Knit & Stitch Shoppe at 2460 Marine Drive, in West Vancouver.
The shop address is a little deceiving. It’s just a door on Marine Drive — there is no visible storefront. But open the door and go down the stairs — and be prepared for a big surprise!
There’s a huge yarn store space down there — about three times the space of many local yarn shops. First you arrive in a comfortable conversation and knitting space with comfy sofas and chairs, and a coffee table heaped with helpful knitting tools. And just look at the walls of yarn-laden goodness that surround it.
And beyond there are two more ‘rooms’ lined with walls of yarn, and baskets of yarn casually heaped on the floor, in corners, and on counters. Yarn. And more yarn. Some familiar brands, and many labels that were new to us.
The owner, Ingrid, has very cleverly installed open-top drawers below some of the shelves of yarn for more efficient display and storage. That’s a wall of sock yarn Holly and Lisa are standing in front of. It extends off to the left another 8 or 10 feet… (I think this next photo is going to be my new computer wallpaper.)
They also have a very nice notions wall. I love notions.
And did I mention the buttons?
Yes, Knit & Stitch Shoppe has signed on to participate in Yarn Harvest. But I encourage you to visit Ingrid and her helpful staff (and family) well before them. It’s well worth the trip.
The shop also carries needlepoint and embroidery supplies.
Oh, before I forget — it’s easier to access the shop from their back-lane, ground-level entrance. The building is on a West Van hill and although you have to go down stairs from Marine Drive, from the back lane the entrance is ground-level and much more inviting. There’s a little parking back there too.