Address: 91 Saltmarket, Glasgow, G1 5LE
Do they sell online? No
Easy to get to? It's near Glasgow Green, about 10 minutes walk from St Enoch Underground Station and 15 minutes from Central Station
Queen of Purls is a multi-coloured yarn beacon on the Saltmarket; an independent shop stocking a carefully selected range of yarns and accessories for all types of wool crafts. It's a welcoming environment and much-needed at this side of town. A relatively new enterprise, it opened in May 2014. It's a bit off the main shopping thoroughfare, but not far to walk.
Joyful Jamieson's of Shetland yarns
Natural and undyed wool tops, sold by weightWhat can I buy there?
A vast range of Drops yarn (my favourite brand) plus Jamiesons of Shetland in many stunning colours and other Scottish and British yarns. They sell double pointed needles, circulars and crochet hooks from Knit Picks (including tips for the interchangeable needle sets) plus bamboo DPNs and crochet hooks by Brittany, Addi circulars and also needles from Hiyahiya. They have wool tops for felting and spinning.
Of course I'm going to say Drops, which starts at £1.60 for a 50g ball of wool blend and pure wool from £2 a ball. The Opal variegated sock yarn is popular as are the wool tops. The half day classes are not expensive (all listed on the website) and look like a good way to learn a new craft, from felting to expanding your knitting skills.
A great range of yarns from the pocket-friendly to the more luxurious, plus supplies for felting and spinning if you fancy branching out, and classes to teach you how to do it.
This is one of a series of reviews of fabric and wool shops in Glasgow. See more here. All posts are independent and represent my own opinions.