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10-24-2007, 04:07 PM
Hi everybody. I'm traveling to the Sacramento/San Francisco area of California on Friday, away from the fires, thankfully, and I was just wondering if these cities hold any great yarn stores. I'm sure they do. So, if anybody can recommend some places I should check out, I'd be ever so grateful. :thumbsup:

Thanks in advance. :waving:

10-24-2007, 04:28 PM
If you pm me with exactly what cities you are going to visit and how long, I can give you some tips (possibly) I grew up in Oakland, CA and now live in Chico, CA (90 miles from Sacramento), so I know some of both areas, but it will depend on the specific cities you are visiting.

San Francisco Imagiknit (http://www.imagiknit.com/) <---Definately suggest this store.

San Francisco Artfibert (http://www.artfibers.com/news.php)

2311 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
+1 (510) 522-YARN
Owner: Janis Tester
Web: http://www.yarnyarn.com (http://www.yarnyarn.com/)
A wide variety of yarns - Rowan, Koigu, Eros (lots of other novelty yarns), Encore, etc.

1625 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA
+1 (800) 392-6494
Owner: Sarah
Email: info@eKnitting.com
Web: http://www.eknitting.com (http://www.eknitting.com/)
Nice and easy to use website with lots of selections. Also a store in Berkeley. The staff are great and will give you friendly and expert help. If you join as a member on their website, they will give you a discount on your first order.
Adela's Yarn
20641 Rustic Dr
Castro Valley, CA 94546
+1 (510) 581-5326
+1 (800) 492-7674
Owner: Antoinette Greif
email: adelayar@aol.com
World Wide Web: http://adelasyarn.com (http://adelasyarn.com/)
Large variety of yarns. Basic to designer. Specialty hand dyed yarns.

Article Pract
5010 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94608
+1 (510) 652-7435
Owner: Christina Stork
Web: http://www.articlepract.com (http://www.articlepract.com/)
Features yarn from basic to fun to funky, including a wide selection from the likes of Rowan, Crystal Palace, GGH, and more. Lots of other knitting-related goodies - unique knitting bags, books, and patterns. A friendly knitting store for the creative knitter.

Nancie Knits
3214 Riverside Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95818
+1 (916) 443 6238 or +1 (800) 867 2074
Owner: Nancie Wiseman
Knitting store and mail order. Knitting videos. Owner teaches and lectures throughout US, and designs sweaters for yarn companies and magazines. Rumpelstiltskin,
1021 R Street,
Sacramento, CA 95814,
916 442 9225
Owner: Linda Urquhart
Email: rumpel@yarnyarnyarn.com
Web: http://www.Yarnyarnyarn.com (http://www.yarnyarnyarn.com/)
We have been in business for 34 years, and have a wonderful shop (if I do say so myself)! We're open 7 days a week and are one of the shops in Knitter's Stash, published by Interweave Press.
Samuel-Charis Knits
2443 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 241
Sacramento, CA 95825
+1 (916) 392 8213
+1 (800) 321 KNIT
fax: +1 (916) 392 8216
Owner: Davida and Arnold Feder
email: knitkits@ix.netcom.com
Sweater kits. Mail order only. Original designs, fine yarns.

Artfibers Gallery
124 Sutter St.
Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
+1 (415) 956 6319
+1 (888) 326 1112
fax: +1 (415) 421 1734
Owners: Nyle and Roxanne Seabright
email: yarn@artfibers.com
World Wide Web: http://www.artfibers.com (http://www.artfibers.com/)
Artfibers is a discount importer of fashion, exotic, and luxury yarns. We buy direct from mills that produce for top fashion designers, and sell direct to you at significant savings. From angora to yak, we have an extensive inventory, some of it available only from us. Our store is open from 10am to 6pm seven days per week, and offers free swatching and patterns to our customers. We're located in the center of San Francisco, near Union Square, Chinatown, the Museum of Modern Art, and of course, the cable cars. Special educational events take place most Sunday afternoons in our Design Center.
Atelier for Yarn
1945 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94115
+1 (415) 771 1550
Owner: Grace Cooper
Small; elegant yarns, not cheap, knitting classes by owner and others. Betty Lampen teaches miniature sweater making there sometimes.
Cottage Yarns
607 W. Orange Ave.
So. San Francisco, CA 94080
+1 (650) 873-7371
Owner: Mary Lou Mott
Web: http://www.cottageyarns.com (http://www.cottageyarns.com/)
Huge variety of yarns and buttons. Lots of patterns. Semi-annual clearance sales of 15% off.
Greenwich Yarn
2073 Greenwich Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
+1 (415) 567 2535
Owners: Claire Handelman and Laurie Lum
Web: http://www.greenwichyarn.com/
Interesting yarns, classes, trunk shows.
3897 18th Street
(corner of 18th and Sanchez)
San Francisco, CA 94114
+1 (415) 6216642
Owner: Allison Isaacs and Sara Lucas
Web: http://www.imagiknit.com (http://www.imagiknit.com/)
ImagiKnit has probably the largest selection of yarn in San Francisco and it keeps growing! They offer many knitting and crochet classes, host the new crochet guild affiliate in San Francisco and are very helpful and supportive to all fiber practitioners. They have roving for spinning and a large selection of knitting needles, crochet hooks and accessories.
Urban Knitting Studio
320 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
+1 (415) 552-5333
fax: +1 (415) 552-5399
Owner: Helen Kim
Email: helen@urbanknitting.com
Web: http://www.urbanknitting.com/
Mon: Closed Tue-Fri: 11-6:30 Sat-Sun: 12-5 Store hours are seasonal.

Creative Accents
109 Pelton Center Way
San Leandro, CA 94577
+1 (510) 351 5760
Owner: Gail Tanquary
Machine Knitting Emporium
1260 Davis St.
San Leandro, CA 94577-2572
+1 (510) 562 9872

Fashion Knit
1538 Newell Ave
Walnut Creek CA 94596
925 943 3994
owner: Jeanine Johnson
Web: http://www.fashionknit.net (http://www.fashionknit.net/)

10-24-2007, 05:49 PM
I like Yarns on First in Napa. The store in Walnut Creek is pretty expensive. They are in a high rent area. I can't think of anywhere else off hand. The other two shops I really liked have closed. :cry:


10-24-2007, 09:05 PM
Please see if Filati in Rocklin is on your way. It is easy to find and I think it will be on your way. Excellent shop!!
check out here: http://www.filatiyarn.com/prod.htm. Not only do they carry a huge selection, they have lots of colors in a brand and multiple skeins of each color too. Enjoy.

10-24-2007, 10:09 PM
Please see if Filati in Rocklin is on your way. It is easy to find and I think it will be on your way. Excellent shop!!
check out here: http://www.filatiyarn.com/prod.htm. Not only do they carry a huge selection, they have lots of colors in a brand and multiple skeins of each color too. Enjoy.

I think that will be on my way in a side trip. Yay! :yay:

Letah75, I know I'm definitely going to Sacramento, Davis, San Francisco, San Jose, Cambria, and San Simeon. Plus stopping along the way at places on the coast. Thank you SOOOO MUCH for all the suggestions. I'll keep busy just going to yarn stores! :woot:

10-25-2007, 12:54 AM
Hi. I'm in the Sacramento area. Filatis' in Rocklin(mentioned above) has TONS of yarn & patterns. Another store I like is Babettas--here is a link for info: http://www.babettasyarnandgifts.com/
There is another store downtown called Rumplestiltskin(I think that's the name)--I've not been there.

10-25-2007, 08:20 AM
I was going to suggest In Sheep's Clothing in Davis as a Must-Visit and searching for their address, discovered this on their site:

"We have closed our physical retail space. We will be selling all remaining stock at 40% to 80% off through our Internet site.

Check back here for details."

I have no idea when it was posted as there is no date given -- it could have been hours or weeks ago! How very sad.

10-25-2007, 03:47 PM
i live just a few miles south of sacramento in elk grove and we have 2 yarn shops here. knitique and the yarn shoppe. both are not EXTRAORDINARY or anything but knitique has a really good supply of cascade 220 and the people at the yarn shoppe are really nice. there is probably a better yarn selection overall at the yarn shoppe. i've been to rumpeltiltskin in downtown once....it's a little on the small side but they had a pretty descent selection also.
i haven't been to filati but it is definetly on my list of yarn shops to visit if i happen to head out to that area.
there is also a yarn store in west sacramento...can't think of what it is called though, i've never been there.

10-25-2007, 04:05 PM
Wow! I had to check out this thread since I live in the eastern part of Sacramento County -- I knew about Filati and Rumpelstiltskin (never been to either one) but wasn't aware of Babetta's. Thanks to agnes! This is definitely in my patch!

One shop I liked, which is unfortunately no longer there, was Frog Pond Knits in Citrus Heights. They had a lovely selection of yarn. I think they're still on the web, though.

10-25-2007, 05:03 PM
ooooh DEFINITELY Filati in Rocklin!
Purlescence Yarns in Sunnyvale
Commuknity in San Jose
Knitting Arts in Saratoga
Knitting By The Sea in Carmel
Ball and Skein in Cambria

here's a list of stores that recently participated in a shop hop: http://www.lysshophop.com/shops.html

10-27-2007, 01:51 PM
I had just discovered Frog Pond Knits, then it went out of business a cple mos later :(.

I'm heading to Babettas in a few mins--anyone want to go? :-P

10-31-2007, 01:57 AM
I did make it to Filati's today. They had a really nice selection of yarns, patterns, books, and needles, but at the risk of becoming unpopular, I have to say that the ladies there were not very nice at all. I asked two questions and each time the lady looked at me like I had 6 heads, and my friend overheard one of them almost yelling at a new knitter who had come in to ask a question. It almost made me want to walk back in and return what I bought. I did find a color of Manos that I've been looking for, so I guess that's something at least.

10-31-2007, 08:21 PM
:( oh no. I am so sorry they treated you like that. I recommended them because they have a really good selection. :(

11-01-2007, 09:50 AM
I'm from the San Jose/Saratoga area. My favorites are:
Knitting Arts (http://www.goknit.com/) in Saratoga (a little pricey but a pleasure to shop in)
Yarn Dogs (http://www.yarndogs.com/) in Los Gatos
The Rug & Yarn Hut (http://ewebwarped.stores.yahoo.net/) in Campbell
The Knitting Room (http://www.knitroom.com/) in San Jose off of HWY 87

If you make to Half Moon Bay (south of San Francisco Bay on the coast), there is Fengari (http://www.fengari.net/).

You'll probably go through the Monterey area at some point. I love Monarch Knitting & Quilts (http://www.monarchknitting.com/) in Pacific Grove. They have a huge selection and the prices are great.

Wow! I really miss California. :verysad:

11-05-2007, 09:11 PM
I'm finally back from sunny CA, and sadly Filati's was the only store I had a chance to visit. They really did have a beautiful, wonderful selection, and I got some Noro on sale, as well as a skein of Manos that I've been wanting for my afghan. It was such a whirlwind trip, I just didn't get to do much else except sightsee. Ah, well. That just gives me places to visit next time:wink: