Address: 148 Queen Margaret Drive Glasgow G20 8NY (on Google maps here)
Do they sell online? No
It's about ten minutes walk from the top of Byres Road at the entrance to the Botanic gardens, and 15-20 minutes walk from Kelvinbridge or Hillhead underground stations.
It sells cakes and yarn - a winning combination. Sitting in a row of shops on Queen Margaret Drive, the Yarn Cake is bright and welcoming. It opened in 2010 and has become a firm favourite of knitters based in the west end or for those from further afield looking for a nice place to sit, knit and eat cake. The shop itself is a slightly awkward long, narrow shape, set over two levels. However they make it work, with tables at the front for tea and knitting, and shelving running along the side of the shop with more yarn and accessories on the upper level, up a few steps.
The shop is prettily decorated with lovely knitted samples
The Yarn Cake run knitting and crochet classes for beginners or focusing on techniques - see their website for details. They have a drop in knitting and crochet clinic on Tuesday night and a knitting group every Thursday. They also organise the annual Glasgow School of Yarn, which offers classes, a marketplace and a design competition, and is a great bonus to the Scottish hand knitting industry.
The Yarn Cake has been well recognised by the British Knitting Awards too, winning Best Independent Yarn Shop in Scotland in 2013 and coming runner up in both the Best Independent Yarn Shop in Scotland and Best Yarn Shop Day Experience categories in 2014.
My favourite would be the Drops or New Lanark ranges, which are both well priced, as well as Rooster and Malabrigo. They also have sock yarns and knitting accessories including Knit Pro needles and hooks They have a great selection of knitting books plus cake, of course!
If you want to buy a Scottish product, try the hard working New Lanark, if you can't make it to the New Lanark shop at their mill. They also sell Jamieson & Smith Shetland laceweight and 2ply jumper weight.
A great place to stop and shop for yarn, with the chance to take a class and learn something new. Their Glasgow School of Yarn is an annual gateway to even more beautiful yarn.
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