I just wasted 30 minutes typing this up for a long dead post. So I figured I might as well repost it on a new thread in case it is useful for anyone moving to B-ham in the future.
NW Handspun Yarns - http://www.nwhandspunyarns.com/
Great yarn store in downtown Bellingham. Nice ladies running the place, a cat that wanders around, spinning and weaving stuff upstairs, knitting night on tuesdays. My knitting friends and I tend to shop here the most.
Apple Yarns - http://www.appleyarns.com/
Yarn store in Barkley Village (NE Bellingham). Not as extensive as NW Handspun Yarns, but still a nice independent store. Has a knitting night and offers lessons. No idea when though. Probably a schedule on the website. The owner is a nice gal, the other ladies give me weird "no men in the knitting store" vibes. But perhaps if you are female or don't go in wearing muddy paint stained work clothes, the reception might not be as bad. All joking aside, Apple is a fine store. I just tend to shop at NW Handspun more.
J&J Needle Art - http://www.jandjneedleart.com/
Located in north Bellingham in Bakerview Square.
I've never been here
been there now and the place/owner is weird. I have no intention of going back), but they seem to focus more on cross-stitch and embroidery. Apparently they do have knitting supplies.
Spincycle Yarns - http://www.spincycleyarns.com/
I don't know anything about these guys, but they make handspun yarn here in Bellingham and are frequently at the farmers market. So how uncool can they be? They also have a studio/storefront. See their "contact us" page.
The Wool Station - http://www.woolstation.com/
The Wool Station is a fine yarn store, I just don't go in very often because it's on the other side of town from me and NW Handspun and Apple are closer.
Marilyns Yarn - http://www.marilynsyarn.com/
- EDIT: Marilyns Yarn is closed.
Used to be a pretty big yarn store with knitting lessons and knit nights etc. I have no idea if this place is still open. Their website is still up, but when I called the number some gal answered and did not say "Thanks for calling Marilyn's Yarns" or anything like that. I guess I'll drive by next time I'm running errands.Craft:
PaperZone - http://www.paperzone.com/
Nothing to talk about here. It's your standard paperzone store.
Bead Bazzar - http://www.bellinghambeadbazaar.com/
This place has been around for years. Great bead selection. Located in Fairhaven (south Bellingham).
Michaels Crafts - http://www.michaels.com/
Typical Michaels. Filled with crap, but at least it's cheap. Up north of the city in the mall area.
Treasury of Memory - http://www.treasuryofmemories.typepad.com/
I've never been in this place. But it seems to be an independent paper/scrapbooking store. Looks pretty cool.Fabric:
Fabric Etc. - http://www.fabric-etc.com/
There used to be a Fabric Etc that my mom took me to when I was small in Skagit County, I have no idea if this place is connected. Appears to be an independent fabric store. I've never been there.
Fourth Corner Quilts - http://www.fourthcornerquilts.com/
A large independent quilt store. Well stocked. I don't quilt so I rarely go there. I hear it is well respected though.
Two Thimbles Quilt Shop - http://www.twothimbles.com/
A nice little quilt store with a surprising amount of stuff. I've only been in a couple times for various projects the my wife was doing. But it seemed like a cozy store.
Jo Ann Fabrics - http://www.joann.com/
I hate Jo Ann. Hate hate hate. The place is filled with cheap "made in china" crap (even the patriotic 4th of july stuff) and the lines are always out of control. But at least stuff is cheap there. That's something I suppose. And to be fair, this Jo Ann is a lot better than many I have been to (*cough* Burlington *cough*). Still, you should shop independent stores if you can possibly do so.
Michaels - http://www.michaels.com/
See my note above about Jo Ann. Michales is probably 5-10% better I suppose. I guess it's nice that it exists in town. But still...
Hardware Sales - http://www.hardwaresales.net/
Quite possibly the greatest hardware store in the world. Now, I'm biased because I can walk there from my house and I'm a guy who loves hardware stores. But this is an opinion that is shared by many. The place is always well staffed by people who know what they are talking about and I have never had trouble getting accurate advice for a project that I was less than knowledgeable about myself. More importantly for the craftster crowd, I have not really seen the kind of "talking down to women" that happens at other hardware stores. Not being a woman myself, I might not be the most qualified to notice that stuff. But Hardware Sales has a lot of women working there as well as men, and I would think that any gal who walked in and said "this is what I am trying to do" would find a lot of helpful people. Plus, they have a regionally famous "ladies night" in early december with discounts, hor d'oeuvres, espresso, hot chocolate, sparkling cider, and chocolates. Good times.
Village Books - http://villagebooks.booksense.com/
Excellent bookstore in Fairhaven (south Bellingham). Frequent author nights, helpful staff, extensive selection. You should shop here. They even have "photos with the grinch" at christmas as a change from the typical "photos with santa" for local kids.
Bellingham Farmer's Market - http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org/
An EXCELLENT farmers market. Lots of local produce, food, and yes...crafts. April-Christmas, Saturdays 10am-3pm in downtown Bellingham in an indoor/outdoor location specifically built to house it. June-September there is also a smaller mid-week market on the Village Green (behind Village Books) in Fairhaven, Wednesdays from Noon-5pm.
Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery - http://www.bbaybrewery.com/
Bellingham's two brewpub/resturants. Boundary is the O.G. spot that everyone knows about and has bought the sweatshirt. Chuckanut is the New Kid on the Block. Both are great. I prefer the atmosphere at Boundary (many people bring their kids, there is an outdoor area in the summer, the building itself has a lot of character) but the beer at Chuckanut is more interesting (in my opinion anyway). The menu's are about the same. Boundary is probably a easier place to hold a knitting/drinking group just due to it's layout, though it is typically MUCH more crowded. But the people who run Chuckanut are really nice and would probably be into it as well. Anyone wants to set one up, let me know. In Conclusion
There are also a couple of art stores, knitting/quilting/crafting groups, stamping stores, bookstores and other places of interest to craftsters. There are also good knitting/quilting stores in Mt Vernon, Burlington, Ferndale, and Anacortes. But I had to stop somewhere. Bellingham is a great place to live. Not too big, not too small, good schools, lots of stuff to do, small enough that you run into your buddies without trying too hard, and big enough people that you can always meet a new friend. Go Bellingham!