Thursday, 15 October 2009

My best kept secret… or…. Where I do my shopping

As a spinner and knitter I do not require a lot of materials to work with. Give me a handful of cotton buds, find me a sheep with thick fleece or even a bunch of hemp and I’ll convert them into usable yarn ;o) However, with yarn easily accessible in my local yarn shops (LYS) there’s no need to chase after sheep or any other hairy animals to be able to knit!

Galway, where I’m based at the moment, offers a nice selection of yarn in 4 local yarn shops. Most people won’t pay much attention to these places, but for me they’re essential and a visit in them always puts me in a good mood ;o).

Lola Rose aka Yarn is located at the hart of Galway, on Middle Street, and is a great place to start shopping. The shop is lovely with inspiration lurking from every shelf, wall and corner. You’ll find there a nice selection of yarn, starting with Kilcarra, through Debbie Bliss and Louisa Harding to Rowan, Colinette and Japanese Noro. My all time favourite Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Noro Kureyon Sock yarns, which I use to knit my scarfs and shawls, are most likely purchased in Lola Rose. Apart from yarn and knitting notions, you’ll find felted accessories, knitting books, tons of beautiful fabrics, buttons, ribbons and many more. Your kids (and you too!) will undoubtedly fall in love with the Ugly dolls, custom made blankets and funky T-shirts. Lola Rose is open Monday-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat 10:00am-5:30pm and Sun 2:00pm-5:30pm or 24/7 at

Feanor Crafts, another of my favourites is located 5 minutes from the busy city centre, on Bohemore Road. The shop inventory is organized in sections corresponding to many crafts, from decoupage, painting/drawing, candle, jewellery and card making to needle work, knitting and felting. A vast selection of ribbons, stamps and beads can be found there, and their selection of Kilcarra tweed yarn is the best in town. I, however, especially love the felting section, offering rainbow colours of fibre suitable not only for wet or dry felting but also great for spinning! If you’re planning a birthday party for your child, if you’re looking for an inspiration, something creative for the children to do, Feanor Crafts is a place you simply can not afford to miss. The shop is opened 7 days a week, Mon-Sat. 9:30am-7:00pm and Sun 12:30pm-6:30pm. Alex, the shop owner (who btw is Polish too!) can also be spotted at the indoor market at Lower Dominic Street. For further information, log onto or .

If the above shops do not have what I’m looking for (which doesn’t happen often) then I may pop into Hickeys (1st floor of Eyre Square Shopping Centre) or Anthony Ryans (Lombard Street, 1st floor). Both shops offer a selection of cheaper yarns, from Tivoli, Kilcarra and Patons to Wendy and Sirdar. Mega balls of wool/acrylic blends, great for warm and durable jumpers and blankets/afghans/throws are to be found there. Besides yarn, you can purchase knitting patterns, buttons, ribbons, pins and brooches. Both shops are open Mon-Sat from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

And if that’s not enough…. There’s always internet and ETSY, my most favourite place to buy handpainted spinning fibre ;o)


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Edited to update the link to LolaRose shop.


  1. what a beautiful post! gorgeous shops you have over there in Galway!

  2. oooh great post and gorgeous colourful photos too! ;)*

  3. Green with envy! We used to have a great local yarn store in Bray Co Wicklow, but since it closed up there is precious little left in Dublin. Go Galway Go!!

  4. those shops look wonderful! I always go a bit gaga in great wool shops. I'm still on the look out for some good shops in Belfast, anyone know of any?

  5. i hear ThisIsKnit in Blackrock, DUblin is pretty good, though i don't really do much in wool, so i don't know!

    We will have to have a Trade Secrets post from Belfast soon!

  6. Sarah is right, This is Knit is great! they have a second shop somewhere in Dublin city centre, but I can't remember where exactly (can check if anyone is interested). Thanks for lettin g me share the wooly love !


  7. wow wow you must be like a child in a sweet shop when you visit those shops lol,,, Looks amazing, I used to knit on a small scale but stick to the jewellery now... Love yarn though MMMMMMMM............

  8. I'm a fellow fan of Lola Rose - I can never leave there without some new pretty things or good intentions to make something of my own. I only wish they were bigger and could fit more stock in as their buyer is tremendous.