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Knitting Help Needed in Upstate NY!

October 15, 2008

Attention Capital Region knitters: I am a novice knitter, who is not all that interested in purchasing yarn from Wal-Mart {shudder} or any other chain store (including Jo-Ann or Michael’s).  I’m interested in high quality unique yarns.  Can someone please help me find a good yarn shop, preferably within 25 miles or so from Albany?

I would also like this place to offer some knitting classes…I’m very new to knitting and need some help!

Many thanks!

By the way, I DID try to find some yarn in Kentucky, but all the dang stores were CLOSED on Sunday.  Not only can you not get your drink on (dry county), you can’t get your stitch on, neither! {cue dueling banjos here}

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2008 7:42 am

    According to Ravelry, (which, incidentally, I think it is time for you to join) here are places near your zip code:

    5.8 miles:
    BeauKnits (http://www.beauknitsltd.com)
    182 Remsen St.
    Cohoes, New York

    7.2 miles:
    Ye Olde Yarn & Gift Shoppe
    1604 Union St.
    Schenectady, New York

    8.3 miles:
    Lansingburgh Yarn Depot
    Troy, New York

    8.3 miles: The Yarn Depot
    Troy, New York

    9.4 miles:
    Eastside Weavers (http://www.eastsideweavers.com)
    1 Carlyle Ave
    Troy, New York

    10.3 miles:
    The Front Porch
    Stowe, New York

    15.6 miles:
    Wool ‘n Word (http://www.woolnword.com)
    4401 NY 150
    West Sand Lake, New York

    16.8 miles:
    Stitching Post
    17 Phila. St.
    Saratoga Springs, New York

    17.0 miles:
    Saratoga Needle Arts (http://www.saratoganeedlearts.com)
    494 Broadway
    Saratoga Springs, New York

    The only one of these that I can vouch for personally is this last one — Saratoga Needle Arts. I went there this summer and it’s a lovely (and quite large) shop with great variety.

  2. Claire Lynch permalink
    October 16, 2008 2:23 pm

    being the helpful aunt that I am i googled NYS yarn shops and I found this list for you. Don’t know whether or not they offer classes, but here goes:
    BEAUKNITS LTD.
    518-235-9151
    182 Remsen St.
    Cohoes, NY 12047
    BEAUKNITSLTD@HOTMAIL.COM

    7 SW TRUMPET HILL
    518-533-9622
    501 New Karner Rd.
    Rosewood Plaza
    Albany, NY 12205

    21 N STITCHIN’ POST
    518-587-9636
    17 Phila. St.
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    21 N SARATOGA NEEDLE ARTS
    518-583-2583
    888-488-9276
    518-583-2548 (FAX)
    494 Broadway
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    24 NE NEEDLEWORKS
    518-692-8980
    99 Main St.
    Greenwich, NY 12834

    26 W WOODSIDE WEAVERS AT LEDGE ROCK
    518-399-7991
    4946 Consaul Rd.
    Amsterdam, NY 12010

    28 S YEAR ROUND YARNS
    518-758-9799
    14 Hudson St.
    Kinderhook, NY 12106
    SALES@YEARROUNDYARNS.COM

    30 S THE WARM EWE
    518-392-2929
    31 Main Street
    Chatham, NY 12037
    LCBULSON@TACONIC.NET

  3. Claire Lynch permalink
    October 16, 2008 2:25 pm

    oh, those numbers in front of the name of each store is the mileage from my address in scenic Cohoes. So, just adjust for Clifton Park.

  4. Maryellen permalink
    October 22, 2008 5:22 pm

    My mother in law’s new favorite is trumpet hill. She says it is very user friendly with lots of gorgeous yarn. Good classes and a great place to just hang out and knit. Their website is trumpethill.com. Enjoy!

  5. wendalicious permalink
    October 23, 2008 9:35 pm

    Thanks, Maryellen! I’m so glad you posted! I DID get your email – I just got busy and forgot to reply…

  6. October 30, 2008 2:23 pm

    I heard that Woodside Weavers was going out of business.

  7. Paula permalink
    March 22, 2009 6:33 pm

    I shop Beauknits all the time. They are closed Sunday,Monday,& Tuesday but have different summer hours ( check there website). They offer a lot of different classes and usually there is someone in the store that can help you ( even people that don’t work there and are just there to knit). There is also a Friday night Knitting group from 6-8 and everyone is welcome. Hope this helps.

  8. Connie permalink
    June 10, 2009 1:36 pm

    I go to the Saratoga Needle Arts and it is a wonderful place to buy yarns and they have classes all the time. Tuesday nights is beginner night from 6-8, at 15.00 per class (which is very resoneable). Just a very friendly and nice easy to get to store!
    Love it!
    http://www.saratoganeedlearts.com/
    -Connie
    Greenwich NY

  9. jill permalink
    August 8, 2009 1:49 pm

    we think that Trumpet Hill Yarn is an excellent choice. Friendly atmosphere, helpful staff, fabulous selection. There are also a number of classes for all skill levels to select from. It’s located centrally in Colonie. Here’s their contact info:

    501 New Karner Rd.
    Rosewood Plaza
    Albany, NY 12205
    518-533-9622

  10. Victoria permalink
    September 23, 2009 11:46 am

    Touch of Twist on Weast Rd in Schenectady. Neat little place.

    Victoria

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