I love my local yarn store (Twist Knitting and Spinning in Lahaska, PA) and up until recently, it was my favorite yarn store. While I will continue to shop there faithfully, it is no longer the best yarn store I've ever been to.
Espace Tricot Is...I spent a couple days up in Montreal recently and had the opportunity to go to Espace Tricot, and I was enthralled.
Lisa and Melissa have created the perfect yarn store and whenever I find myself in Montreal, I will definitely be going back.
Some of the things that make them the best store:
- Staff - Friendly, helpful, nice and knowledgeable. They knew their inventory, they made excellent recommendations for yarns and projects and they were a delight to deal with in every way.
- Other Customers - They had a table of "regulars" mostly working on the latest Stephen West Knit-Along (I think) and they were raucous, inviting and fun. Plus they had excellent taste (in my opinion). They were thrilled to discuss their projects and create an enthusiastic community.
- Store Space - Not huge, but jam-packed with beautiful yarns. Tons of light and displays that made me want to shop, including projects using various yarns and even though there were a LOT of customers in the store when I went, I didn't feel crowded or harried. Also a big central table where you can sit/chat/knit all day.
- Inventory - The best part about this store was the yarns they carried. In addition to carrying local yarns (that were BEAUTIFUL - see below), but they also had a huge selection of Madeline Tosh and Koigu...whoever chooses which yarns they carry in the store has a great sense of yarn and color and what knitters want (or at least this knitter). Plus they also highlight a self-striping sock yarn dyed by one of their staff members...which are just beautiful (again, see below).
Yarn Store PurchasesHere are the yarns I bought when I was in Montreal.
This is their Tanis yarn...a locally produced yarn. Two 385 meter hanks of Merino, Cashmere and Silk (75%-15%-10% respectively) in colorway Olive and Brick.
Finally, this is the Scrumptiouspurl Sock yarn, hand-dyed by Samantha, one of their staff in my three favorite colors, which she calls Ghouls Night Out.
I have now idea what I will be making with any of this, but I had to own it all.