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« on: November 30, 2003 05:12:09 PM »

While I'm in my homeland, Pittsburgh, visiting family over the Xmas holiday, I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on cool yarn stores I could drop in to...thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2003 07:34:00 PM »

There's a store in Squirrel HIll on Shady Avenue near the corner of Forbes Avenue that deals in yarn and beads.  I don't know much about it but my daughter was enthusiastic
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2003 01:33:16 PM »


The above poster is correct, there is a yarn store on Shady, just up from Forbes (across the street from Starbucks). That's Pittsburgh Knit and Bead. It's a good shop - nice, helpful people and a fairly good selection. It is split between beads and yarn, though, so the selection isn't overwhelming.

There are two others that I know of outside the city - one in Monroeville and one in Sewickley. I haven't been to the Monroeville shop, because I _hate_ driving there. All the strip malls make my urban blood boil.

The shop in Sewickley is amazing, though. It's Yarns Unlimited (435 Beaver Street) They have sooo much yarn in there. Everything from the Debbie Bliss and Brown Sheep and Rowan, etc, standards to locally spun and dyed yarns. Very nice people and their prices are slightly better than PKAB, but only slightly. It's a store that takes time, though. I have to give myself at least an hour for browsing when I go there. If you go there, call ahead, since their hours are short.

I used so many fawning words for Yarns Unlimited that I feel I should add that I encourage people to go to PKAB because it's newer and in the city and I like supporting local urban businesses.

Hope that helps. And I hope you have a good visit.
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2003 07:36:30 PM »

Excellent, thanks everyone.  I am really anxious to drop by at least one of the stores.  My parents live right near Sewickley, but I haven't been there in years, so I didn't know about the store.

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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2003 07:54:14 PM »

ooh...i'm also going home to pittsburgh for xmas...maybe i'll get to check out the yarn on shady ave. thanks!

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