Hey, great thread! I just found this site...figured there had to be a crafters forum. I'm always on the look out for more art/craft stores. I became obsessed with knitting a month ago after finishing a project (hat to match scarf already made for Hubby...3 yrs to complete
) so I've been hunting down actual yarn stores, not just your craft store type. I'm also in N Atlanta, so hope to meet some of you out there.Yarn Stores (that I've visited in the past month)Strings and Strands http://www.stringsandstrands.com/
4632 Wieuca Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Hours: M-Sat 10:30-5:00
**This is located in Buckhead just off Roswell Rd. I missed it the first time. I go S on Roswell & make the left on Wieuca (light just after W. Wieuca) & you can take the first or second driveway on the right.**
This is the first yarn store I visited. It's one room w/yarn lining the walls, as well as crates on the floor. I went on a muggy sort of morning & the doors were open, making the whole store sort of muggy. There seemed to be a good selection of yarn, especially novelty yarn.
They didn't carry to brand I was looking for, Brown Sheep Co , but offered up a sub for the Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted. I don't know what it was, since it was in a bin labled felting yarn. It's some type of wool/mohair blend, and was spun, not worsted at all. The project's going well, but perhaps I shouldn't have been so hasty in wanting the yarn immediately. She said there'd be plenty of yardage to finish the project (need 245 yds total) so I got a skein of each color needed. I'm not quite at the half way point, and I don't think the yarn's going to last. Good place for novelty yarn, also it you're a wiz at making subs. I don't think I'll ask for a sub again, though.The Cast On Cottage http://www.castoncottage.com/
1003 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
Hours: T-F 11:00-5:00 Sat 11:00-4:00
**Located in Historic Roswell just past the square. I go N on Roswell (can you tell I live off Roswell?) to HWY 120 (Atlanta St at this point). Hwy 120 N to just inside Roswell. Atlanta St turns into Canton St where Hwy 120 & Hwy 9 branch off to the right turning into Alpharetta Hwy. Follow Canton St (not 120) through downtown Roswell. Just after the shops in the square area, the yarn shop is on the right. It's a free-standing house next to an office complex. Parking is in the same place as the office complex.**
Visited here the second weekend of my obsession looking for Mission Falls 1824 Wool. They specialize in natural fibers (wool, mohair, angora, etc.) but do have some fun novelty yarn. This entire little house is the store. Different types of yarn are sorted by room. Most of the novelty stuff is in the main room, which also has a great selection of books and patterns. This is a full service store, so they do finishing work. They've also got a newsletter and a schedule of classes. Everyone was great & very helpful. No Mission Falls or Brown Sheep Co, but I could spend hours just looking at the yarn. They've got lots of finished projects you can purchase, or they'll be happy to tell you how it was made & help you pick out yarn and needles.Nease's Needleworks http://www.neasesneedlework.com/
345 West Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
**Located in downtown Decatur. I took the scenic route...Roberts Rd changed into Chamblee Dunwoody. Right turn onto Peachtree Industrial. Left turn onto Clairmont. Right on Commerce (you're downtown by now), right onto W Ponce, then final right into the parking lot at Nease's. It all took about 35min to get there, 25-30min to get home once I knew where I was going. There are definitely faster ways to get there, but I-285 was a paking lot so I avoided it. Free parking is available right out front.**
I stopped by here this past Saturday. I was getting over a semi-flu like "thing" so I probably missed some stuff. This store is dedicated to all kinds of needlework. There's a room devoted just to yarn. This seems to be the only place in the area that carries Brown Sheep Co. yarns. They'll special order just about anything for you. No Mission Falls (I begin to wonder if I'll ever find it in a store) but Susan, the owner, offered up a great suggestion and I bought some Cascade 220. What a great yarn! I'm almost finished with the hat (pattern from Stitch 'n Bitch by Debbie Stoller) I wanted it for.
All the employees are great. I didn't go past the yarn room, but I'll definitely be going back to check out the rest of the stock. Not nearly as much yarn on hand as Cast on Cottage, but still worth the trip. They also sponsor a Stitch 'n Bitch at a local coffee house in Decatur (first Monday after the first Thursday of every month, there is a session held at Carpe Diem at 7:30).
Ok, that's more than enough for me. I'll be sure to post new finds as I go along. I'm thinking about taking the trip out to Adairsville (way up 75N) because there's a huge yarn shop up there. I'll let you know what I find.