Being a crafter (I crochet and knit!) since 2009, I have always been on the look for supplies to feed my crafting addiction er hobby. I hope to share with you today the places I frequent to buy my supplies: yarns, crochet hooks, knitting needles, tapestry needles, notions, pattern books, you name it.
Please take note that most of these shops I visited 2 to 3 years ago when I was on the high time of looking for supplies. I stopped buying hooks and needles when I knew I had all the sizes I needed. I have also bought enough yarns to last me years so I am careful in buying yarns as of late. Fact: I haven’t bought new yarn since 2010!
Know more about these places after the jump!
For people who wanted to learn how to crochet, what you can find in National Bookstore is enough. You can buy your first aluminum crochet hook and use it with the acrylic yarns to learn a few stitches. I suggest you buy only a few pieces to complete a small project. Start small at first, when you get a hang of the crochet process, it’s now time to move on to other hooks and yarns!
I always go back to National Bookstore to check their stocks of Japanese books. They are priced at P85 each or sometimes P75 for the smaller ones. National Bookstore Katipunan holds the most number of books, If I remember correctly.
I used to go here all the time 2 to 3 years ago. The prices of their threads are cheaper than the ones in National Bookstore and they sell the big hanks of Red Heart acrylic yarn for around P65 or P85 (back then, haha), cones of Monaco Raylon and big cones of undyed Canon and Monaco threads. I bought most of my steel hooks here too at P15 each back then too. I don’t know about the prices now.
You can read my 17-year old self spazzing about the things I bought there in this blog post. I cringe too when I read this. Haha.
Dreams Yarn Shoppe
I have been to this store once but I didn’t buy anything. I guess the prices were too high for my then, student budget.
Carolina’s Lace Shoppe
Yarn Bodega in Rosario
If you’re coming from Robinsons Galleria or Megamall or Crossing, try riding a jeepney or an FX going to Pasig, ask the driver to drop you off after the large bridge in Rosario, I think it’s called the San Juan bridge. Cross the street and you’d see a lot of stores selling threads in cones and yarns.
If you’re coming from Cubao, try riding the Cubao-Rosario via Libis jeep and it passes through the same bridge mentioned above. It’s really easy to recognize the stores because there are a lot of them and you could see a lot of threads.
I bought mine from the first store you’d see after getting off the bridge. I can’t remember the name of the store… but I think it’s the largest yarn store there, from the outside you could see large transparent plastic bags filled with yarns. The vendor is really nice, he let me choose the yarns I liked even if it came from the bottom of the bag.
I love this store. This is my number one stop for yarns because yarns are sold by the kilo. I hoarded around 4 kilos worth of yarns from this shop I still don’t know what to do with them. I still haven’t returned there since my last visit in 2010 though. I think I found out that I don’t really like acrylic that much when compared to cotton. Maybe I should return to hoard cotton yarns. Maybe I will, someday.
This is the ultimate place for cheap finds. I have only been here once and never came back. I got what I wanted which were knitting needles and polyfill. I got lost when I went there and I don’t plan on going any time soon. I think the price difference doesn’t compensate for the long and tiring journey.
Some other places to buy threads, hooks, buttons and other notions:
One of the stores I haven’t mentioned is CraftWorld in Megamall. It’s already closed which makes me really sad. I bought most of my hooks, knitting needles and tapestry needles there. I visit it every time I’m in Megamall and I feel like I lost a big part of my craft experience when it closed :(
Read my post regarding online suppliers of yarns and other accessories here!