Up-front disclaimer: 88 Stitches is the LYS for many Fraser Valley Knitting Guild members. There, we’ve said it and we’re proud. (So how much gushing can I sneak into this profile and still sound objective? Let’s see…)
Sue and her cheerful and friendly staff make 88 Stitches a warm and welcoming haven for knitters from all over Vancouver and the Faser Valley. They’re conveniently located a short distance from the Trans Canada Hwy, off Exit 58 (200th St, Langley).
I’ve always thought the yarn selection at 88 Stitches was terrific, but I was extremely gratified about a year ago when I took some knitting buddies from the Seattle area to the store for a visit and they exclaimed at length over the extensive selection of Malabrigo. And just last week, I heard that that the fall Berroco order has arrived — all 13 boxes of it! In addition to variety, 88 Stitch is also well-known for quantity — knitters can be reasonably certain that they’ll find “a sweater’s worth of yarn” available in-stock, without having to resort to special order.
88 Stitches is also home to and the original retail distributor of Sweet Fiber — an indie dyer recognized for their luxury hand-dyed yarns. Sweet Fiber is actually Melissa, student at Emily Carr University of Art & Design and her artistic touch shines through her yarns and patterns. I believe that’s her yarn in the basket in the foreground of the picture below.
And speaking of patterns, Judy Marples, designer of the popular Calais and Dover Castle shawls, also calls 88 Stitches home. An engaging teacher as well as designer, you’ll also find Judy behind the counter serving customers and answering questions. (Oh, look! She’s got a new hat and fingerless mitt pattern – Sunshadow Tam and Gloves!)
We in the Fraser Valley Knitting Guild will always be grateful for Sue’s early and ongoing support of Yarn Harvest and for her generous and honest advice. Thank-you.
Parking: Enter off 212th St.; there is plenty of room beyond the store. Be careful not to park in stalls specially-reserved for other businesses.