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Gina Brown’s Yarn in Vancouver is a generational yarn store: the original Gina Brown’s is out in Calgary, and her granddaughter runs the shop out here. It’s a fun store to visit–there’s a wall of Cascade 220, the right kind of yarn for knitting Cowichan sweaters, some great sock yarns, and plenty of notions. There’s some spinning fibre, too. They’ve got a ramp leading down into the store, so it’s easily handicapped-accessible.

Kristina offers a variety of classes and she’s got some scheduled for October and November if you want to check them out.

You can find Gina Brown’s at 3424 West Broadway, Vancouver. I usually drop in on my way back from doing research at UBC (I’m a grad student, they have great libraries), and naturally I forgot to take pictures in my haste to buy yarn in the exact right shade of midnight blue for a pair of socks.


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Sweet Georgia Yarns in Vancouver started out as a small local dyer. Now they have a shop location, with their dyeing workshop in the back. Yarns and fibres from Sweet Georgia have beautiful, rich, saturated hues, and are made from lovely, high-quality bases. They’re adding a new yarn this fall, a fluffy blend of mohair and silk, that you’ll be able to check out if you visit.

Skeins that don’t make the grade for matching their intended colourway get a new life as seconds, discounted yarns that are still gorgeous and available for sale.

You might also get to take a look in back, where they have skeins of newly-dyed yarn drying, waiting to be labeled.

Sweet Georgia also offers spinning wheels for rent, which you can take a look at out in the front of the store. Their new location, 110-408 East Kent Avenue South, has lots of parking available. They’re absolutely worth a visit!

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The Knit & Stitch Shoppe in West Vancouver is a great shop to visit. It’s like going to a secret cave full of yarny treasure.

It’s one of the largest yarn shops I’ve ever seen, and nearly every inch is filled with yarn. This is the place to go if you’re looking for a specific colour in one of the many lines of yarn that they carry.

Check them out at 2460 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.

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Look for us under the blue awning!

Once Upon a Sheep in Maple Ridge is unique in that the store itself is non-profit–it’s run to help raise funds for the Salvation Army, and all the people who work there are volunteers. It’s small, but has some fun yarns and books, and the staff are friendly and helpful. One of the things I liked best was that they carry back issues of knitting and crochet magazines.


They currently carry Knitpicks needles, and Namaste bags.
Check them out at 22188 Lougheed Hwy, Maple Ridge.

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Three Bags Full, I’m honoured to say, was my first, real LYS.  This was the place where I cut my needles and bought the first skeins of Louet Gems sock weight that started me on the journey of becoming a full fledged yarnie.

Photo of the shop ganked from Meso Crafty, we meant no offense and take no credit.

Three Bags Full is located at 4458 Main St., right in the middle of 28th and 29th Avenues and is one of a host of lovely little shops in that neighborhood.  They carry a wonderful array of luxury wools and alternate fibres including such gems as Shilasdair Luxury DK, naturally dyed angora, cashmere and lambswool from the UK and the much talked about Kauni 8/2, 100%wool and 100% super fun long colour changes in gorgeous colours, mixed in with their consistent stock of Noro, Louet, Blue Sky Alpaca, Sweet Georgia, Koigu and Malabrigo that keeps their customers coming back.  Oh yes, and how can I forget the Cascade wall…

Oh be still my heart, and just LOOK AT THAT YARN!!!

Along with all the pretties mentioned above they stock a spinning cabinet that’s usually stuffed to the brim with locally dyed and imported fibres and handmade drop spindles, some really awesome handmade buttons, handmade shawl pins and score of other goodies.  They keep a decent library of  new knitting books and patterns as well as a broad supply of Clover and Aero needles and notions.  Three Bags Full also boasts being a “Crochet Friendly” store so it’s the place to go if you’re more into crochet and are feeling a little forgotten amongst all the knitting.
If you’re stopping by Three Bags Full parking can sometimes be tricky as it’s all street parking, but most cars come and go quite frequently so after a turn around you’re likely to find a spot.  They’re also located near Nester’s Market, and my favourite place to grab a Chai, East is East cafe.  Please make time to stop by Three Bags Full on Saturday, you’re sure to find something you’ll love!

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Shan’s Needlework is located in downtown New Westminster. It’s not a huge shop, but they’ve got lots packed in there. Shan’s has Manos del Uruguay, the Panda yarns from Crystal Palace, lots of different wool yarns, and loads of books. She also carries a variety of needles: Knit Picks, HiyaHiya, Crystal Palace. She has Lantern Moon stitch markers and tape measures, beautiful ceramic buttons, and some great kits. Some of their stock was bought out from Homecrafter’s when it closed, so there’s a lot of variety.
Check them out at 624 Columbia St, New Westminster, right behind Moody Beads.

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88 Stitches in Langley is one of our bag pick-up locations this year. It is the home of the indie line of yarn, Sweet Fiber, as well as designer Judy Marples. They carry a wide selection of yarns–different fibres, varying prices. They’ve got Handmaiden and Malabrigo, Berroco and Cascade, Madeline Tosh and Sweet Georgia. There’s sock yarn, baby yarn, Rowan yarn for colourwork, and with lots of different colours.

Sue, the owner, says that her store is known as the “store with a sweater’s worth of yarn”–they usually have a sweater’s worth of each yarn in the colours they carry, so you don’t have to track down more elsewhere.

Notions…Chiao Goo, Addi, Clover, and Aero needles; crochet hooks; needle-felting tools; buttons; yarn bowls; ball winders; books. There’s a nice selection available.

88 Stitches will be hosting a book signing/trunk show of Tin Can Knits‘ new book, Pacific Knits, on the 22nd, in addition to offering some prize draws. Check them out! 88 Stitches, 21183 88 Avenue East #602  Langley, BC V1M 2G5.


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