A Knit Wit I’m Not

In an effort to cut costs and lend my Christmas gifts a little personal flair, I’ve decided to expand upon my beginning knitting prowess and knit me up some cute little Xmas prezzies (Nothing with Christmas trees or snowmen, don’t worry). With the help of the Stitch ‘N Bitch book as well as the Knitting Pretty book, I’ve unearthed a couple of awesome San Francisco yarn shops that provide everything a knitter needs to get started.

First is the Artfibers store in downtown SF, right next to the Montgomery BART/MUNI station. It’s a little tucked away on the second level of a building, but once you’re in, you’re faced with a plethora of yarn stacked right up to the ceiling. I have to admit, the store feels a little claustrophobic, but the variety of yarn more than makes up for it. Artfibers also offers knitting classes for those that need a little more hands-on guidance with their knitting. When I was there, the crowd was made up mostly middle-aged women, but I did notice several twenty-somethings who were just coming into the craft.

Next is probably my favorite of the two, Imagiknit in the Castro. In stark contrast to ArtFibers, ImagiKnit feels open and airy. The store is huge, with two separate sections dividing up the main cashier area and what looks like a class area. Both sections are, of course, filled floor to ceiling with yarn of all kinds. I felt like a kid in a candy store, browsing through shelves of fancy cashmere and fuzzy mohair. The crowd here was definitely more diverse, with ladies of all ages, and a few men as well. The staff was quite helpful in answering questions and are also available to fix any knitting disasters. The store also sells hand-knitted scarves and hats, as well as little knitting kits. Like ArtFibers, ImagiKnit also offers knitting classes for all levels.

Heaven knows if I’ll actually complete any knitting by Christmas much less 5-6 projects, but it’s a start at least. In any case, I’m sure I’ll find what I need in either of these two stores.

PS. Apparently there’s a Stitch ‘n Bitch group in San Francisco called Chicks with Sticks. Looks like a pretty fun group… I might join up!

1 Comment so far

  1. Sharon Goetz (unregistered) on November 11th, 2004 @ 3:21 pm

    In the East Bay, Skein Lane is a pretty good resource. It’s a boutique-sized shop in El Cerrito, a few blocks uphill from EC Plaza BART, and the friendly staff stock a wide variety of yarns and knitting supplies. As a non-knitting crocheter, I could wish for a bit more on the crochet side…. They do have hooks, as well as some needlepoint / cross stitch materials.

    (No affiliation.)

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