Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Yarn Shops in the Syracuse Area

For some reason, I was under the impression that there were no (are at least, very few) yarn shops in the Syracuse area. When I think back to when I was a knitting-noob I remember trying to find yarn shops and somehow, not really succeeding. And then I found sites like Knitpicks and Elann and realized I can buy yarn on the internet for pretty cheap when I was ready to expand my horizons to other things besides acrylic. So, my interest in LYSs quickly faded. But now I’m curious about this LYS thing even though I know it might be the pricier option. But have I not proven my commitment to knitting and honed my skills to justify spending more money on yarn? And these LYSs surely have sales, right? And what about helpful, friendly staff? Surely that counts for something. And wouldn’t it be grand to know exactly what color your yarn is when you buy it instead of rolling the dice when you order online?

And shouldn’t I be supporting local businesses in this, the age of WalMart?

For those of you who are local and are interested in yarn shops, here is a list I found using Almighty Google. Some of these places have websites, some don’t. Where possible I fished out their hours of operation. I’m pleased to see there is a place, The Knitting Connection, on the other side of town from me. Perhaps I'll check that out in the near future.

The Knitting Connection
3056 Burnet Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13206-2571
Hours of Operation:
M - T - W - Th - Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri - Noon to 6 p.m.

Mission Rose Quiltery (And Knittery) Thanks to Carla for adding one more location...
456 S. Main Street
North Syracuse, NY
M,W,F,Sat - 9:30-4:30
T,Th - 9:30-6:30
Sun - 12-4

Village Yarn Shop
3401 Erie Blvd E
Dewitt, NY 13214
(315) 449-2051
...And for letting us know that Village Yarn Shops are no longer in business

Village Yarn Shop
511 E Genesee St
Fayetteville, NY 13066
(315) 637-0416

A Yarn For All Seasons
8240 Cazenovia Rd # 100
Manlius, NY 13104
(315) 692-4580

Patchwork Plus Yarn
2532 Cherry Valley Tpke
Marcellus, NY 13108
(315) 673-2208
(315) 673-3716
Open Sundays noon to 4pm, Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursdays 'til 7pm

Elegant Needles
7 Jordan St
Skaneateles, NY 13152
(315) 685-9276
(800) 275-9276 - Toll Free

Yarn Bin
51 Fennell St
Skaneateles, NY 13152
(315) 685-5070

So tell me. Has anyone been to these places? Are any of these shops no longer in business? I would really hate to drive out to say, Skaneateles to find the store unoccupied and yarn-less. Tell me your thoughts.


Carla said...

Village Yarn shop is no longer there, in Dewitt OR Fayetteville. When I moved to NY in early 2005 I went looking for it and it was gone.
Rumor has it that Elegant Needles is opening a store in Fayetteville (I think)
And there is also Mission Rose Quiltery in N. Syracuse which is worth visiting.

Erin said...

I've been to all of them except Mission Rose and A Yarn for all Seasons. In fact, I worked at Elegant Needles for a few years when I was in college. Nice shop, very nice yarns.
The Yarn Bin is basically just someone's house, I can't even really remember the last time I was there. Patchwork plus is nice too. They have a nice little section of yarns and what they carry is good.

Julie said...

At the beginning of January 2008, a new yarn store called Sheep Thrills opened in North Syracuse on Route 11. It's a great store with friendly staff. If you are yarn shopping in Syracuse, stop by. Also, check out the CNY Knitting Guild, Twisted Stitches at tsocny.typepad.com. Happy knitting!!

Harriet said...

I just dialed the number for Elegant Needles and it is no longer in service.

Anonymous said...

I drove there on Saturday but Elegant Needles store not at 7 Jordan. At bakery next door they said it never re-opened. They'd had a big clearing out sale which the owner told me was so they could remodel and expand the store, but I guess it never happened. Too bad, it was a nice little store.

Anonymous said...

FYI... A Yarn for ALl Seasons went out of business. Elegant Needles no longer has a web site or email address to contact the owner. There is a new yarn store that opened quite recently in Shoppingtown Mall. They specialize in wool and dyeing the yarn. I have been to Sheep Thrills and love the store. There is supposed to be a yarn shop in Elbridge that is quite nice. Maybe this summer I will wander out that way.

KJ Callaway said...

The yarn store in shoppingtown is no longer listed on the shoppigtown website. its said to be out of business.

Anonymous said...

The Yarn Bin in Skaneateles is closed. The owner passed away recently.

Graham Ardner said...

You seemed to forget the Yarn Cupboard in Jamesville. http://www.yarncupboard.com/
6487 East Seneca Tpk, Jamesville, NY, 13078

Check it out; pretty sweet. :)

lavenderdawn said...

Yes, DUCK FLATS FARM Fiber Studio on East Main Street, Elbridge is now open for business after their move to new location. www.duckflatsfiberstudio.com
A variety of yarns, including from their own sheep. Nice little shop.

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