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Other places to buy sock yarn

February 3, 2010

Now that I’m no longer buying sock yarn wholesale, I’ll soon need to find new sources for enhancing my own stash.

Bead and Opal Wool Queen is a great place for Opal sock yarn, of course. I like Opal a lot for hard-wearing, bright and funky yarns. Wish I could get ’em in solid colours too, though.

Ecoyarns has a lot of TOFUtsies and a selection of Opal self-patterning yarns. I love the way TOFUtsies knits up, washes and wears, but have sometimes been a bit disappointed with the colour fading over time. I’d suggest choosing TOFUtsies colours a little brighter than you want, to allow for potential fading.

Yay! for Yarn is new to me and I haven’t ordered from them yet, but plan to give them a try. They have Bearfoot, Dream in Color Smooshy, and Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock. They have former Yarnomat staples Araucania Ranco, Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock, and Flat Feet, so you still have an Australian source for these great yarns. I also love Patonyle’s quality and softness, although I wish it would come out in better colours.

Wondoflex looks fabulous, has a great range and excellent prices. Lots of Opal colourways, plus Jigsaw, Patonyle, Maxime Print, Regia, Happy, and Noro Kureyon Sock. Good quality photos, too, which always helps with an online store.

Sarah Durrant‘s only sock yarn is Colinette Jitterbug. Previously I bought Jitterbug from my local yarn store, but there are so many beautiful colours on Sarah’s site that I’ll be ordering direct from her next time I want Jitterbug.

Morris and Sons have Araucania Ranco, Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock, Regia, and Jigsaw. I bought from them back when they used to be Tapestry Craft. They have a huge range of other craft supplies, and physical stores in Sydney and Melbourne.

I also want to mention Joy of Yarn in New Zealand. It’s the only physical yarn store that I know of specialising entirely in sock yarn. How fabulous is that? I’m going to splurge on postage and try some of their Supreme Possum Merino.

What are your favourite sock yarn stores in Australia or New Zealand? What do you like best about them?

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