- store: Fibre Space
- address: 102 N. Fayette Street Alexandria, VA 22314
- website: http://www.fibrespace.com/
- date of visit: May, 2010
Alright… I’ll be honest. I have a crush on Fibre Space. Yup, I’m infatuated with a store. It’s everything you could want a yarn store to be. It’s beautiful, it’s comfortable, it has an awesome supply of yarn, really knowledgeable staff, AMAZING events and even their logo is cute. It doesn’t get much better than that. But, you don’t have to believe my emotional attachment… I have real, solid evidence that it’s a wonderful shop.
Now, I’m not going to recommend a yarn shop that doesn’t have lovely yarn… but Fibre Space has all of my favorites. They carry Blue Sky Alpacas (which I love), a HUGE malabrigo selection (Malabrigo is notoriously difficult to acquire… and I haven’t seen anywhere else with a bigger selection), Shepherd’s Wool (which is, in my opinion, the softest merino out there… it’s what I used when designing my Yuki Felted Boots) and Miss Babs (which has a near-cult-following). They have all of the standard ‘nice yarn store’ stuff, as well… Louet, Berroco, Queensland, etc. A full list of the yarns that they carry is available online, here. And, as you probably know, I’m a sucker for very neatly stacked yarn, organized by color. Paradise!
The store is very cleverly designed, with a wonderful seating area with sofas, and a separate classroom for classes. The owner, Danielle, started out as a knitting teacher… and it shows. Fibre Space constantly offers really clever classes, and has a dazzling array of guest teachers (read: loads of famous people visit!)
Another favorite thing of mine about Fibre Space is that it’s always fresh. The staff constantly make new sample garments, and change the displays… so every time you visit, you notice something new. And, the owner designs her own patterns! As a customer of the store, you benefit! The beautifully designed patterns are printed & available for free in the shop… seriously, the patterns (in both pattern design & graphic design) rival that of many full-time pattern companies. Also, the store is very interactive… there’s a chalkboard behind the register that says what projects the staff are working on, and the store’s blog is always a joy to read.
To top it all off, the store is situated in the lovely historical downtown of Alexandria, VA and only a couple of blocks from the DC metro. So, if you’re in the DC area, make Fibre Space one of your stops!