I had some time last Thursday to drop into The Fibre Nook, Edmonton’s newest yarn store, and knit and chat with some very friendly ladies. The space is wonderful, not too crowded and full of light. There’s an area with a couple of couches, should you want to relax, and a larger area with tables and chairs, if you’re more serious about your knitting. The Fibre Nook also holds classes in this very comfortable and inviting space.
They carry a huge variety of yarns, some from local (Alberta) and slightly-less-local (BC and Ontario) indie dyers, as well as some international brands that are harder to find around here (I saw and petted yarn from Woolfolk, Malabrigo, and Baa Ram Ewe, to name a few). They also have print versions of all the current knitting magazines, like Making, Pom Pom Quarterly, and Laine, which is nice as you can save yourself the cost of shipping by buying locally.
The service was among the best of any yarn store I’ve ever been in. Clifton was open, thoughtful, and very helpful. It’s sad to say, but it’s not that common to get nice people like that working in yarn stores.
And of course, only the best of us could resist picking up yarn! I ended up getting a sock set in the Lipstick and Lashes colourway from Polka Dot Creek, which is based in Airdrie, Alberta, and an amazing fluorescent speckled yarn in the Lite Brite colourway from Black Cat Custom Yarn, which is based in Chilliwack, BC.
As for the knitting ladies, everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and when they started talking about knitting a project as being a journey, I knew I was in the right place. Many people were working on socks, but N had a baby blanket going (this spurred a conversation about moss and seed stitch), and C had just finished a blanket-like poncho that she had designed herself.
You can drop in and knit any time, but there are set times if you wish to make it more of a social activity. Check out the drop-in knitting times and class schedule on the website. Hopefully I’ll see you there!
Images by The Fibre Nook