Yarn Shopping in Melbourne

Last week, I headed to Melbourne for a professional development course. I have to say I waited too long to purchase my flight tickets so I ended up taking some really crummy timed flights. I took a red eye to Melbourne (with a stop over in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and got to the city around 10 AM. I was exhausted, but I trooped on and saw the sights. Melbourne is a really cool city. It is well known for its street art alleys as well as its friendly people. Personally, it reminded me a lot of San Francisco… and so I loved it.

I also “needed” to get some yarn shopping in.  My goal was to make it to the yarn shop Yarn +Co before closing time (Sunday hours are 12-4). I entered the Fitzroy neighborhood  and was instantly charmed. Smith Street is just so cute. There are fun little boutiques (e.g., A Harry Potter merchandise shop!) and restaurants to explore. Yarn +Co is a really nice yarn shop. They stock mostly moderate to high priced brands- Cascade, Brooklyn Tweed, Quince and Co- but did have a few brands I had not seen before. The store had a range in yarn weights and everything was out to touch! The needle selection was okay, and the store stocked tons of patterns and books to choose from. The sales associate (who I suspect was the owner) was very friendly and knew when to help me locate things and when to just let me enjoy all the yarn goodies in peace.

I ended up purchasing 2 skeins of sock yarn, 4 balls of cotton yarn, and a set of US size 2 double pointed needles. I got the Rainbow sock yarn wound up right away as I wanted to start a pair of socks. My total came out to be about $100 (Australian Dollars).IMG_3434

Overall, my yarn shopping experience was awesome! If I lived in Melbourne this would certainly be a place I would shop at. The combination of staff, space, and yarn was a win win for me!

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Side Note: Check out this awesome yarn creation! The school my course was being held at had a giant crochet/knitting display of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. How cute it this!?!

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4 thoughts on “Yarn Shopping in Melbourne

  1. It’s interesting that you mentioned the customer service at the yarn shop. I love the Cashmere goat I mentioned in my post but their sales ability is not the best. I have realized that just because you love to knit and own a shop does not make you a good sales person. You have to assume that someone from out of town is unfamiliar with the layout of your shop and it takes a little digging to find out what the shopper is looking for. Is it browsing or is there something(s) specific? If it’s specific, stay with them till they find just that perfect skein(s). I had both sales person and owner leave me floundering and helped a local new knitter with decipher a pattern on her project (literally one stitch). I had a pile of yarn I was gathering and still obviously needed help. I could have easily just left if I hadn’t gone a long way to shop there. (2 states away).

    • That is a tricky situation. On one hand you drove really far and were in the market for yarn. On the other hand why patron a shop that has poor customer service? Part of sales is making sure the customer pulls out her wallet and the card is approved. Shopping at a LYS is supposed to be an experience and more owners need to hone in on this. Otherwise we all will head to online retailers.

  2. One of my favorite parts of traveling (not that I’m some jet setter, I wish though) is visiting LYS in new cities! I love finding yarns in person that are usually only available to me online, or that I’ve never even heard of before. I don’t have plans to go to Melbourne, but if I do I’ll check out this place!

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