California Yarn Stores
Yarn! is a shop in Alameda with more than 30 brands of yarn in its inventory. The shop hosts classes, workshops and special events. The website lists many of the brands of yarn that are sold in the shop and contains contact information.
A knitting, crochet, cross-stitch and needlepoint store in Anaheim Hills, Velona has a website that includes lots of crafty news. You can browse items available at the store and order by mail, phone or e-mail. You can also pay by PayPal.
Arnold is home to EwePhoric Yarns, the perfect place for yarn addicts to get their fix. The shop sells many different kinds of yarn for all budgets, and offers instruction, advice and a place for knitters to gather and share. Click on "great deals" for overstock yarn you can purchase online.
Classy Knits and Yarns
Located in Bakersfield, Classy Knits and Yarns bills itself as the best-stocked yarn shop in southern California. I don't know about that, but I do know that the store has a nice website from which you can order some books and accessories. A couple of free patterns are also available.
Yarn Designer's Boutique
Located in Big Bear City, Yarn Designer's Boutique is chock-full of great yarns for knitting and crochet. The online store allows patrons to shop from anywhere, while a downloadable coupon is valid only at the shop. The store is also involved in a prayer shawl ministry and offers free patterns (click on "yarn styles").
Bonita Knitting Store
Bonita Knitting Store, located (of course!) in Bonita, is a refuge from daily life where the time-honored traditions of knitting are preserved. Tea is served daily, and free clinics on Saturdays help knitters hone their skills. The shop specializes in local yarns, but has many widely popular yarns as well. A free pattern is available each month.
Unwind may be the perfect name for a knitting store. This shop in Burbank seeks to promote knitting for body and mind. It sells more than 25 different brands of yarn, offers classes, including lunch-hour workshops, and is available for knitting-related parties.
The Weaver's Cottage in Canyon Country has everything the fiber lover needs, from spinning and weaving supplies to dye, patterns and fiber, as well as commercial yarn. The site provides basic information about the store and encourages you to visit.
The Yarn Place
The Yarn Place in Capitola offers the latest in knitting yarns and fibers in a cozy atmosphere. Website provides store location and map, contact information and store hours.
The Treasure Hunt
Located in Carpinteria, The Treasure Hunt offers a treasure trove of supplies for knitters, quilters, crocheters and other needlework enthusiasts. The store is bright and fun, and you're sure to find something there you can't live without.
Adela's Yarns in Castro Valley specializes in unique, novelty and hand-painted yarns, as well as more basic yarns, tools and supplies. The site offers patterns and handknits for sale. Orders are accepted by phone.
Heartstrings Yarn Studio
Heartstrings Yarn Studio in Chico has a huge selection of yarns, books, buttons, notions and patterns. Some items can be purchased online but the yarn section doesn't seem to work. You can have a product list e-mailed to you if you want to know everything that's in the store.
Suzoos Wool Works
Suzoos Wool Works in Costa Mesa sells about a dozen different brands of yarn in its shop and online. Books, patterns, supplies and sale items are also sold on the website, and shipping is free anywhere in the contiguous U.S. Check the site before you visit the store to see what's on sale when you go.
That Yarn Store
Located in Dublin, That Yarn Store specializes in machine knitting, used equipment and knitting machine accessories. The site does not contain much information yet, but promises to include a free monthly pattern as well as information about the shop.
Jan's Village Yarn is located in the country near Fallbrook. The site offers a sampling of what's available in the store. Visitors are encouraged to call Jan and ask if she has what they need, and then place an order with her.
Yarn Lady in Laguna Hills is a yarn store that hosts classes and other special events. It is home to the famous "bag sale," where grab bags of discontinued yarn are available at half price. Its web store allows you to browse the shop and order online.
Located in Pacific Grove, Monarch Knitting and Quilts features tools and supplies for knitters and quilters. They recently entered the worlds of weaving and spinning as well. They have a good selection of yarn, needles, notions and kits, and orders can be placed by phone or e-mail.
Elf Hand Knitwerks
Located in Rohnert Park, Elf Hand Knitwerks is open by appointment only. The store specializes in yarn, sock knitting and patterns. The site is quite limited, providing an overview of the shop and a phone number.
ArtFibers Yarn Studio
ArtFibers specializes in beautiful, unique yarn made with care from all sorts of interesting materials. Located in San Francisco, the gallery is famous for "Yarntasting" in a lounge designed to inspire knitters and encourage them to play with yarn.
Wildfiber in Santa Monica carries a good selection of yarn, books, and other knitting necessities. Some kits, bags, and other goodies are available for purchase online, and phone orders are accepted.
Common Threads is a fiber arts shop in Encinitas. It carries more than 200 different hand-knitting yarns with are easily searchable to brand, weight, fiber or yarn name. Ordering yarn online is easy, but the store offers many more products than the site does.