Nestled in a small storefront on Bathurst St., a short walk south of St Clair West, Knitomatic has been selling yarn to a loyal following for the past nine years. At the center of this cosy shop sits a kitchen table that invites you to sit and knit while surrounded by shelves stuffed with luscious chunky, worsted and sock weight yarns. Find a pattern from one of the many books and start something new or choose a store-assembled kit for a satisfying project. They often have beginner kits for children as well. No, there are no knitting machines. Knitomatic is just a really cool name.
Knitomatic hosts Knit Nights on Wednesdays and also has monthly swaps where knitters can de-stash and pick up new treasures. Any leftovers are donated to charities like Street Knit, Sistering , and the Hospital for Sick Children by the store’s owner, Haley Waxberg.
“We love knitting, crochet & felting, and we want to share that love with you and help you enjoy it as much as we do”, she says.
Right now Hayley is excited about the “whimsy, beauty, and occasionally dark sense of humour” in her stock of Studioloo Handspun Art Yarn & Sock Yarns. She has also recently put the discontinued Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK on sale. Get it before it’s gone forever!
To find out more, visit the store blog.
Closest TTC: The #7 Bathurst Bus stops right outside or walk down a block from the 512 St. Clair West streetcar.