Grumperina’s guide to yarn shops in the Boston area

Updated 6/8/2014.

It saddens me to say that since I last updated this list, many of my favorite yarn shops have closed their doors.  They are listed in the Hall of Fame at the bottom.  On the plus side, some new yarn shops have since sprung up!

Gather Here in Cambridge – by far, the best yarn and fabric shop to open in recent years. Not only is the selection of supplies outstanding, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the variety of classes is wonderful. An easy commute by public transport. Must see!

Mind’s Eye Yarns has a very friendly owner and carries spinning goodies – fiber, spindles, and so on.

Newbury Yarns on the popular Newbury Street in Boston.  Small shop, but awesome location.

Stitch House in Dorchester – I’ve only been once, because it’s not super convenient for me, but they had an admirable selection of yarn and fabrics, and a lovely atmosphere.

Another Yarn in Winchester – I only went once, just as they opened in 2011.  Large shop with a good selection of wool yarns.  Convenient location right in Winchester Center.

Other notables

Fabric Corner in Arlington – awesome fabric shop, and they are even open on Sundays!

Winmil Fabrics has an awesome location and a sizable selection of fabrics and sewing supplies. The owners are very friendly, and I’ve never walked away empty handed.

Hall of Fame

A Good Yarn in Brookline – closed September 2012

Beadworks in Cambridge and on Newbury Street – closed. The Cambridge location is now occupied by Boston Bead Company, but I have not been.

Circles in Jamaica Plain – closed

Wild and Woolly in Lexington – closed June 2013

Windsor Button in Boston – closed March 2013

Woolcott & Co. in Cambridge – closed