Thursday, June 16, 2005

New England Yarn Shops

Just for my own reference - a list of New England yarn shops that I collected from recommendations in the Live Journal community 'knitting'. After all, I can't go on honeymoon to New England without visiting a few local yarn shops now, can I? Can't wait to see and buy all those yarns that are so difficult and expensive to get hold of in the UK...

Boston area & Massachusetts

Woolcott and Company in Cambridge- Harvard T stop on the red line if by T

Windsor Button. Downtown area (close to Park Street stop on the green, Downtown Crossing on the red, etc.), one stop for everything related to knitting including red heart and lion all the way to debbie bliss, noro and rowan, plus millions of buttons, ribbons, zippers, and books and patterns

A Good Yarn. 4 Station St, Brookline Village MA 02447. Tel: 617-731-4900. (Off the Brookline Village stop on the Green D line)

Circle's Knitting Salon off the Green Street T stop on the orange line

Yarnwinder in Boston

Newbury Yarns on Newbury between Dartmouth and Exeter streets. One block parallel to Boylston.

Putting on the Knitz. 1282 Washington St, West Newton MA 02465-2001, Tel: 617-969-8070

Fiber Loft in Harvard. right in the center of town. they have a sale room upstairs

Knitting Room, Arlington Center, Arlington. Small, eclectic selection catering mostly to newer knitters (Bus from Alewife or Harvard Square T stops)

Knittin Kitten, Cambridge near Belmont line - mostly for machine knitters

Mind's Eye Yarns, Porter Square, Cambridge, a little ways from the Red Line T Porter Square stop (driving and public transportation directions on the site). Great hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns.

Wild & Woolly in Lexington Center, Lexington, MA (7A Meriam St, Lexington MA 02420, Tel: 781-861-7717). Right on Lexington Green. Area's best selection. Bus from Alewife T

Sit n Knit in Melrose; MA (near Boston)

In Stitches in Weston; MA

Yarn Over in Marblehead, MA

World in Stitches in Littleton, MA. 256 Great Road, Unit 16, Littleton, MA 01460, (978) 486-8330

The Woolpack, which is also on Rte 119 in Littleton, on the opposite side of Rte 495 from World In Stitches.

And for some ice cream close by: Kimball Farm (just up Rte 110, which crosses 119 and parallels 495)

Dees in Walpole MA

Fabric Place (fabric/craft chain), which has a few locations in MA: Framingham (take the Worcester Commuter Rail to the Framingham exit; store can be seen from the north side of the train - less than a block from the station), Woburn (in the Woburn Mall, off of I-95/Rt. 128), and Randolph. There is also one in Warwick, RI, just south of Providence.

Webs in Northampton (Western/Central Massachusetts). 75 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA, (413) 584-2225

Big yarn shop (name unknown) in Great Barrington, MA (in the berkshires)

Hub Mills Store, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, MA 01851, (978) 937-0320

List of yarn stores in MA here: and a blog with more info about knitting in MA here.

New Hampshire

The Elegant Ewe. Concord, I-93, exit 14, follow signs to Main Street. It's on the south end of Main Street, across from the Capitol Theater.

Needle Arts in Concord.

Farmer’s Market in Concord, next to the State House – occasionally has a yarn vendor who spins and dyes her own.

The Fiber Studio in Henniker is just up the road from Concord, I-89 to US 9; they have a sign by the road. the place is huge and also sells spinning supplies and has a lot of local yarns.

The Knitting Knook. Keene area. Good selection of wool and wool blends, sock yarn and novelty yarn as well as some local yarns. (And if you're in the area, make sure to eat at 176 Main, or have breakfast at The Stage.)

Patternworks now has its retail store open in the Lakes Region

Spinning Yarns in Dover, on the seacoast. Small, but with a good selection, run by a husband/wife team.

Ewe'll love it, Nashua, NH, on Main Street. 2 floors of yarn-y goodness.

Charlotte's Web in Exeter. (137 Epping Rd, Exeter, NH 03833, 888-244-6460). Apparently there is another one in Portsmouth.

The Yarn Shoppe, Norton (south from Boston, off 495 exit 10)

Yarnwinder, Bedford, NH

The Covered Bridge Yarn Shop, 131 Rte. 101-A, Amherst Plazza #9, Amherst, NH 03031, 603-889-2179. Yarn, patterns, classes.


Hither & Yarn, 835 New Harwinton Road, Torrington, CT

The Wool Connection, Old Avon Village North, Avon, CT

Yarns Down Under, Deep River, CT

Rhode Island:

Yarns at Lace Wings, Pawtucket RI. Great shop, friendly people.


Green Mountain Spinnery, Putney, right over the New Hampshire border. Exit 4 off of 91 in Putney, VT.

Yarn shop lists for Vermont: (list of all knitting supply stores in VT) (also has lists for other states)


Pine Tree Yarns in Damariscotta (about 30 minutes north/east of Bath)

Knit Wit in Portland, Maine (about 2 hours north of Boston). At 247 Congress St in downtown Portland.

Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine (about 2.5-3 hours north of Boston). 12 School Street, Bath, ME 04530, 1-800-341-0282

Willow's End in Boothbay Harbor

Unique One, Camden

Stitchery Square, Camden

Grace Robinson & Co in Freeport, about 2 miles from LL Bean going back toward NH on Route 1. Good sized store with a great selection.

Central Yarn in Portland, right up the street from Knit Wit
Eagle's Nest Yarns, 14 Old Route 1 Waldoboro ME 04572-6264. Road right before Moody's Diner when heading north. It's on the left. It's a tiny shop in a lady's house with a great selection. Website:

Quiltessentials, 1146 Minot Ave. Auburn, ME 04210 207-784-4486

Ardith Keef in Scarborough has a nice selection of yarn at great prices. Website:

The Custom Shop in Kennebunk. Website:

The Stitching Mantis, 535 Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 (207) 767 5076

The Ducks, Pemaquid Pt. Rd. New Harbor, ME, Tiny shop, so not a great selection, but the proprietor is very nice.

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