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 I haven’t visited their new location on Milk Street, but it’s right in the center of Boston, so I’m sure I’ll stop by some time soon.
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 Burlington – I haven’t visited their new location, but I’ll have to make a trip some time soon.
Lucky Cat Yarns in Melrose – right in my backyard, but I haven’t visited yet, to be honest. The location is very convenient to reach by public transport (commuter rail).
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.
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