Recently, while in downtown Vancouver, I had the opportunity to visit Wool Is Not Enough at their new location near Gastown. They’re walking distance from Skytrain, which is great for those of us who (like me) don’t have cars. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take pictures while I was there, but hopefully a word picture will do.
It’s a small-ish shop: you walk in and there are shelves of yarn and behind them, a living space. It’s a living and work space for the owners, which I’ve never seen in a yarn shop before. It has the effect of feeling friendly, and welcoming, like you’re visiting a friend who happens to have lots of yarn that they’re willing to share. They have two store cats, one of whom I got to meet and who seemed very friendly. (Although, if you have cat allergies, this may not be the store for you).
One of the things I particularly liked is that they carry a wide selection of fiber choices. I’m a wool girl, myself, but I know people who are allergic to wool, or who simply like a little more variety. Wool Is Not Enough is the store for them. Shoshana carries both natural and synthetic non-wool yarns, both “regular” and novelty. You can find Blue Sky Alpaca, Spud & Chloe, Berroco, Mirasol, and Fleece Artist, among others, at W.I.N.E. (Plus, the acronym for the store means the place merits a visit, right?).
The sale section is definitely notable. They’ve got lots of yarn on sale for various discounts–there’s a whole long section of shelving devoted to the sale yarns. Shoshana says that she tries to carry “good yarn at good prices” and make sure there’s a wide variety of pricing, so it’s not all inexpensive yarn, but not all expensive yarn, either. This is a yarn shop for those with both small and large pocketbooks.
I also noticed that she has the tiny 4 inch DPNs for knitting glove fingers, which is awesome, because those aren’t easy to find. Sadly, I haven’t embarked on crazy glove knitting yet, because I prefer wearing mittens, so I just came home with a skein of Fleece Artist that I couldn’t resist.
So, Wool Is Not Enough! Check them out at 77 East Cordova, Vancouver, BC.
~Anna, Fraser Valley Knitting Guild