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  • Oh, how I wish I had been with you! What a lovely trip! Very excited about the new punch needle book, already pre-ordered it. BTW, I’ve got the exact same BuJo for this year. Thanks for sharing!

    • Doesn’t that book look fantastic? I can’t wait to read it.

  • Advise from the best knitter’s tour guide around.

    • Advice, oops.

      • Aw, thanks Julie! Plans for a future epic knitter’s road trip? 🙂

  • I was lost at the buttons. OMG what I would give for an hour or two with the buttons and all the sweaters I have knit that never had the exactly right buttons. Scheduling a trip to Toronto NOW. Thanks.

    • The buttons are SO good. And if you’re a ribbon enthusiast, a visit to Mokuba Ribbon & Trim is also a must!

  • Oh my goodness, I want to go!! An LYS tour with food! Thank you for the wonderful article.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • You’ve captured how lucky we are here in Toronto!

    • SO lucky! But then again, Toronto is lucky to have you. 🙂

      • Wow! Four of us travelled from NYC, California, Ottawa and Waterloo to meet up and do this tour on our own. We hit Yarns Untangled and Bookhou, had a fabulous dumpling lunch at Mothers Dumpling House and then hoofed it to Eweknit. After a quick bite at Nordstrom we saw the award-winning Come From Away musical– amazing. Day 2 we went to the One Of A Kind show, Paper Plus Cloth and the Workroom, ate fabulous ramen noodles at Miso Ya. Then off to Romni. Day 3 we took the streetcar to Knit Cafe, ate a hearty and rocking lunch in the 1943 George Street Diner, then more shopping at the Purple Purl. We were warmly welcomed everywhere, yarn shops were inviting, helpful friendly staff, great vibe, wonderful yarn and we happily added to our stash and couldn’t wait to cast on. Only disappointment was Eweknit where service was indifferent, bathroom access denied and no where to sit. Thanks to Austen for the great advice!!! We would do it again!!!

  • I have lived in Toronto all my life and you mentioned places I didn’t know. The Purple Purl and Romni are my usual stops for yarn but I will definitely be visiting The Workroom and Eweknit for buttons and Liberty Fabric. Thank you so much for this article. What a great way to start the day.

    • Oh yay! I’m so glad. It’s worth the trip west!

    • Cathy – how have you missed Ewe Knit!? It’s def the best yarn shop in TO and it’s got a lot of fabric and all the gizmos one needs to knit and sew. Knitomatic is also good (but can’t compete on the yarn stock).

      • She didn’t mis it. Ewe Knit is there!

  • Great thing that I live outside the city and can make day trips in on the GO Train. I knew of many of these haunts but not all. I’ll definitely check them out. And Romi Wools is AMAZING!

    • Ah, lucky you! (If only the Lakeshore East line extended all the way to Halifax….) Have fun on your next adventure!

  • Such a timely article! We’re headed to Toronto next week. While I knew some of the places mentioned, I’ll put the new ones on my list! Thanks!

    • Oh, wonderful! Have a fantastic time in the Big Smoke!

  • I love to go to TO! And I just learned a lot of new reasons to do so. Thank you. I love to see Tafelmusik or Opera Atelier (world class baroque, original/authentic instruments) when I’m in Toronto and travelers might want to check if they are performing during their visit.

    • Ooh, excellent suggestion! 🙂

  • Some of these are my favourite places to visit as well when I head up to visit friends. I usually drive up a few weekends a year (usually try to hit one of the One of A Kind shows). Always good to hear about new places to visit! (I usually stick to west of downtown and downtown).

    • It’s worth the trip east! Happy adventuring. 🙂

  • Don’t miss a visit to our newest offering, The Knitting Loft. Accessible by transit and lots of parking. I’m still pinching myself that this is my LYS. The selection of yarn is astonishing. The welcome is warm and the coffee is hot. Don’t worry if the comfy seating is full, they will pull up a chair for you. You’ll need a break before you head downstairs

    • Ooh, I’ll have to add that to my list! Thanks for the suggestion. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for the recommendation Wilma! xo
      – Maria

  • I am often at Romni and Eweknit and agree with just about everything, but must say no to the street meat, unless you are happy burping that flavour all afternoon.
    And you did miss Knitomatic on Bathurst. Small and not as snooty as some. Sorry, just had to add that.

    • Knitomatic! I haven’t been there in ages – I’ve got a parrot phobia, and at the time (10+ years ago) there was a shop bird. Glad to hear they’re still around. 🙂

      • The bird is still there…

  • This is delightful! I love Toronto and am happy to have my next adventure plotted out for me 🙂

    • I am so jealous of all the delicious treats (and yarn) in your future! So glad you enjoyed the article.

  • My family lives in Toronto and whenever they want to send something special to me (for Christmas, for example) they go and see Jennifer at The Purple Purl. When I’m in Toronto next ( I hope it will be soon) I’ll be making a trip to Leslieville and now I have lots more places to drag my Mom to! Will be saving this great article for sure! Thank you!

  • What a terrific travelogue! You’ve hit all my favourites and reminded me of the lovely people who look after the yarn there. I no longer live in Toronto, but love to visit. Thanks!

  • Envy and glad that you both had a wonderful time

  • Toronto is just a fantastic city. It’s a great place to visit. I was there a few years ago, and I can’t wait to go back.

  • I’d love to write a guide to my hometown for MDK. Austin, Texas, is a fast-growing, bustling city with great weather, great food, a funky vibe–and 21 yarn shops to participate in our local yarn crawl. I’m a writer, editor, and knitting instructor who’d welcome the chance to play tour guide for our fabulous town. Thanks for considering turning your spotlight on Central Texas!

  • We were in Toronto last August and I managed to get to Knitomatic which was so lovely. Don’t remember any birds. Ironically we walked right by Romni but I was with a somewhat irritable teenager who was not going to tolerate an hour of me babbling about and touching yarn. Next time!

  • Makes me want to go right now! Thanks.

    • Hooray!

  • Hello from Toronto!
    Thanks for the guide to our city. Yes we definitely have our problems (one example – no idea how tourists are to manage the public transit Presto card system which requires a credit card, computer registration and waiting 24 hours for the account to be updated) but the yarn stores and coffee shops are good.
    That Romni Queen St basement is _always_ worth a look. A few doors west of Romni is Soufi’s, purveyor of Syrian made-to-order flatbreads plus desserts.
    Ideal Coffee, beside Yarns Untangled, is one of my favourite coffee roasters.
    Courage My Love has beads and buttons as well as other vintage finds.
    If one is wandering from Kensington Market to Eweknit, one could stop at College/Bathurst for Manic Coffee or Bar Raval’s Spanish-style savoury/sweet snacks (and their fantastic wood interior). The second-hand bookstore Balfour Books, at the same intersection, often has good knitting books. Just a bit west at College/Clinton is the new location of Wonderpens – purveyors of fountain pens, notebooks and more (letter writing club one Thursday evening each month). Eweknit is a nice (best in spring/fall) walk north from there.
    If you are here on a weekend and planning to take public transit, subway stations currently sell a paper “day pass” which is good for unlimited travel for two adults all day Saturday or Sunday.

    • Great tips, Lisa, thank you! You’ve expanded my to-do list for the next time I’m home. 🙂

  • I have to second the mention of The Knitting Loft. Too bad it missed this review. They just opened in fall of 2018 but much of their gorgeous selection of yarns can’t be found in the other shops in Toronto, so they’re definitely a must-visit yarn shop. I went there specifically to buy a couple of balls of lovely Rauma Finullgarn for some mittens this winter and wanted to buy everything in the shop! My next sweater’s quantity will definitely be coming from there!

  • I wish had been with you the trip sounded lovely. One of these days I hope to learn how to knit.

  • I have only just come across your website,, I love all the different stores and countries , have you done one about Britain?

  • Sadly, The Purple Purl closed permanently last year.

  • The Ottawa Knitting Guild would do a weekend in Ottawa, Canada.