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swimming in yarn

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll already know that I just discovered I live a one-hour drive away from the yarn-lovers paradise (aka the Bernat/Patons yarn factory outlet), and, as if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s a big sale there this week – eek!

I headed out there this morning, through what should have been a lovely drive through farmland and Mennonite country (spoiled only by the dreary skies and insistent rain). I got there 10 mins before opening time, and there were already 2 cars ahead of me. By the time the doors opened, there were about 7 more cars waiting – I’m glad I’m not the only one who likes a yarn bargain.

Yarn Factory Outlet store
It’s more exciting on the inside!

yarn store
The yarn without ball bands is sold by the ounce… at a crazily low price

yarn store
Amazing deals on bagged yarn – with an extra buy 3 get 1 free on the bags

I spent over an hour in there – it was just so difficult trying to decide what to buy, when everything was at such great prices. My only slight disappointment was that Bernat Satin was at regular store prices – otherwise I would have spent a lot more. In the end I managed to limit myself to this little lot:

my haul of yarn

That’s 24 x Bernat Bamboo, 10 x Patons Cha-Cha, 5 x Patons Divine, 3 x Bernat Cool Crochet. And all for under $40 (Canadian) INCLUDING tax. That’s less than $1 per ball, and about a fifth of the regular prices!

Ahh, I just love a bargain – it was definitely worth the trip. I hope I haven’t inspired too much yarn envy… What do you think of my haul?

14 Comments »

  1. Rebekah said

    Looks like you had fun and got some great deals. I’m glad I don’t live near there I’d be really broke

  2. Howie said

    Wow, I think your visit to Bernat/Patons is the yarn-equivalent of visiting Willy Wonka’s factory! Thanks for virtually bringing us along with your golden ticket πŸ™‚

    And yes, you have inspired salivation-inducing yarn envy!

  3. Jane M said

    WOW. No wonder ladies in yarn stores were whispering to me about the factory outlet!!!
    Just got a new afghan book. I should head out there!
    Also, just finished my fairy and I think I’ll make them with your lemming hair.
    Will put up the pictures soon

  4. Rebekah (BekahJan) said

    Wow! So many great deals! What great fun! I would die to shop there. πŸ™‚ You got a lot of great yarn for such Amazing prices! It looks like you had a blast!

  5. Julie Andrea said

    What?!?!? I lived in the GTA for 20 years .. and I am hearing about this place NOW?!?! LOL Thanks for telling us about this gold mine, next time I come down to Toronto, I will have to make a ‘quick trip’ out that way.

    Take care and thanx again .. Julie Andrea

  6. Smeddley said

    It’s only a 15-hour drive, and it’ll only take me a few months to get a passport… *starts planning*

  7. Wen Rou said

    Wow, heaven on earth! XD

  8. I wish I stay somewhere near there…. I could have spend a whole day there drown in the pool of yarns :p

  9. futuregirl said

    WHAT?! I’m so glad I live no where near you and that I’ve taken a no-spending pledge. Holy moly … what a great sale. Just seeing those pictures of the bins of yarn made my pulse quicken and my eyes go wide. Lucky girl!

  10. Ruhammie said

    That is such an AWESOME DEAL!!! I LOVE little tidbits of info about yarn sales and the stores that carry them. I really want to see where this yarn outlet is now…probably a much longer drive for me though. πŸ™‚

  11. Tracey said

    EEK! Listowel Spinrite! I grew up only a block away, just past the tiny park across the street!!! We actually moved to the small town so my dad could be a manager in the wearhouse – who knew I would grow up to be a crafter/ knitter!

    I worked at the library while in high school and could visit on my lunch break, which is when I think my yarn habit really took off!!!

    What a wonderful store/ bargin! I don’t have any family that live there anymore, but when we head back that way I always make my boyfriend stop so I can pick up a few things!

  12. Oh my god June, I’m so jealous I could cry! πŸ™‚

  13. val said

    I would roll around in that yarn all day!

  14. supana said

    I live in Thailand . I so excite to see above picture and wish my country have one in future. you are so lucky to meet yarn all time.

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