Tips Theme Week: Online yarn shops

(I know, we are a bit partial to Madelinetosh. I apologize for this in advance.)

I have a confession to make. I know there’s lots of people who love shopping and taking a whole Saturday to visit every boutique in town (or even worse, going to the capital of Sweden for this purpose). I hate that kind of shopping. It is absolutely exhausting! So thank goodness I live in a time where online shops thrive.

Now, online shopping is a completely different story. No elbowing to make your way, no sweating, no need to worry about fainting when the blood sugar runs low, or finding bathrooms when you need one. You can take your time to chose, you can even drink tea whilst doing your shopping AND watch Doctor Who, and then a nice little package is delivered to your home which you can rip up in childish delight. What can compete with that I wonder?

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The other reason for purchasing yarn online is the limited supply. Yarn is one of the few exceptions where I’d actually prefer to visit a boutique IRL. There is a nice little yarn boutique in Västerås, where I live (not IN the boutique obviously), and an even better one in Stockholm, where Tove brought me when I was new to yarn (and I won’t mention just how much I spent… erhm). Unfortunately neither of them keep Madelinetosh. Just a couple of months ago I actually suggested it to Litet Nystan in Stockholm and they told me that Madelinetosh were currently not accepting more suppliers… How sad is that!

There is in fact just one supplier of Madelinetosh in Sweden: Garnkorgen. It’s a nice online shop with excellent service and if you’re really lucky they might have the tosh variety and the color of your choice. They have quite a nice selection of other yarn brands, needles and beads.

In our opinion, the absolut best online shop for yarn (and Madelinetosh especially) is Jimmy Beans Wool. They have almost everything, not always in stock, but they make sure to get it when you ask. The downer is that they ship from the US (and for me especially because the Swedish customs seems to have blacklisted my name or something because ALL my packages get held up).

So, I just had to do something about this. And because inventing a pseudo is not my first option on the list, I thought it must be better to order from somewhere within the borders of Europe. Apart from listing all their products, Madelinetosh have also listed their suppliers on their website. And that’s how I found a nice little online shop in Switzerland called Woll Wirr Ware. They have a large selection of Madelinetosh Merino Light in stock and offered really good service. The two challenges were first to order in German, which Google translate solved conveniently for me, and the second to pay invoices across country borders, but it all worked out perfectly.

Madelinetosh also have their own shop where they sell “non-retail bases” and other limited special offers. That is how Tove came across her treasured Madelintosh Lush Seaglass just before it went out of stock completely.

Other yarn shops that we know of worth checking out are:

  • This Is Knit, the one Tove visited when she was last in Ireland. They have a nice selection of Malabrigo among other things.
  • Webs, ships from the US and has a huge selection.
  • Whitknits, also ships from the US. Tove bought a “bag” (four skeins) of Tosh for a cardigan project from here for a very good price, so it’s well worth keeping an eye out if they run that special offer again.
  • The Loopy Ewe (one day Tove will tell the story of how she HASN’T been to this store…) which is another US shop with a wide selection.

And a few more Swedish online yarn shops for our local readers:

  • Islinda, where you find Icelandic yarn.
  • Stäket, with their hand dyed more unique yarn varieties.
  • Deisy Design, a Swedish online yarn shop.

Have we missed your favorite? Please tell us in a comment. We’re always eager to find new yarn shopping experiences!

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