The Greater St. Louis Knitters’ Guild
P.O. Box 411701
St. Louis, MO 63141
Knitting enthusiasts have a place to gather, learn, donate, teach and share their love of knitting. The St. Louis Knitters’ Guild was founded in 1985 to be a place for enthusiasts to have an outlet that supports and promotes the quality of the craft and to aid those in need by donating the product of their works to various charities in the St. Louis area. In an effort to promote that spirit, the guild offers a variety of opportunities to attend workshops and programs to enhance the knitting lover’s effort. The website is chock-full of information and help for the novice or experienced knitter. Tips and suggestions on materials, patterns, supplies, books and other web sources is at your fingertips. It is a great place to begin research on any knitting project. Apply online for membership in the guild. Yearly dues start at $12 for students and seniors, and $18 for adults under 64. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at the Library Headquarters Auditorium on 1640 South Lindbergh at 2 p.m.
3268 Watson Road
St. Louis, MO 63139
Not your average knitting supply store, Knitorious strives to be the creative comfort zone for the knitting community in St. Louis and beyond. Yes, you will find supplies galore, but you will also be a welcomed addition to the community of knitting fanatics who enjoy the camaraderie that goes with sharing the love of this craft. The Knitorious blog is a great accounting of knitting projects and the various artistry and techniques that lend diversity to knitting works. Not only are classes offered for every level of knitting expertise, but spinning is also offered for those who want to learn to spin their own yarn.
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The Bead Place
5200 N. Illinois St., Suite 102
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Why would you associate a bead store with knitting? Well, The Bead Place isn’t just a bead store. It opened its doors in 2005 and has expanded its inventory beyond just beads. Here you will find a full array of classes in bead stringing, crochet, peyote instruction, felting, wire sculpting, loom weaving, silversmithing, spinning, metal working and of course, knitting. The Bead Place website has a comprehensive list of yarn and fiber selections. Free Knit Clinics, offered on Tuesdays, are available with a small yarn purchase or at no cost if you bring your own yarns.
Ewe Knit Yarns
7967 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Ewe Knit Yarns is a one-stop, full-service shop for yarn and knitting supplies in the heart of Webster Groves. Finding your favorite yarns is easy because its website holds a full list of the most popular brands of yarn. Additionally, the shop has a full schedule of knitting educational opportunities for anyone interested in broadening their knitting knowledge base. Whether it’s binding off, casting on or spinning your own yarn, Ewe Knit Yarns offers you a full selection of knitting-related activities from which to choose.
Knit and Caboodle
423 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Knit and Caboodle boasts many of the same things as other knitting shops in the St. Louis area, but located on historic Main Street in St. Charles, it is supplied by several local dyers and fiber artists, as well as a staff that offers over 50 years of combined fiber experience. Expanding beyond the traditional cotton and wool yarns, it also stocks beautiful alpaca, llama, bamboo, silk, corn and organically grown yarns. Also, enjoy the fellowship of the knitting community by joining in on one or more of the many classes offered in the winter 2013 schedule. As a resource for knitting support, Knit and Caboodle has a page on its website dedicated to aiding and sustaining the creative process.
Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.