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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?


  1. 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.

  2. val said

    I would roll around in that yarn all day!

  3. Oh my god June, I’m so jealous I could cry! 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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!

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

  8. Wen Rou said

    Wow, heaven on earth! XD

  9. Smeddley said

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

  10. 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

  11. Rebekah (BekahJan) said

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

  12. 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

  13. 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 🙂

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

  14. 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

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