Great store if you are a regular, otherwise...pretty bad.
I've been in several times looking for specific yarn/colours and getting someone to help me was very very difficult. Either the staff is behind the counter talking to each other and ignoring customers (even if asked for help) or they are joined at he hip with customers who are obvious regulars. So..if yuo know what you want & can find it on your own it's an OK store. But if you need help - forget it!
I am a novice knitter, and I love to go in an browse. I usually buy some yarn, and sometimes I just have a question or two about something I am working on. I find it's best to ask the younger staffers than the older ones. Overall the best selection of yarn I have ever seen.
Great Yarn, Hard to Get Help.
This is a great shop to wander around in. I've been in a couple times. I think that there are lots of people working at any given time, but no one has ever asked me if I need help finding anything or even acknowledged me. I've bought less there because of it. The other customers are generally very nice and much more helpful than the staff.
The best selection of yarn in Portland.
I have been to several other yarn stores in Portland and none of the others come close to matching The Yarn Garden's selection. They have three rooms stocked to the ceiling with skeins of yarns of every color and fiber, from the inexpensive to luxurious fibers like cashmere.
I learned to knit at the The Yarn Garden about seven years ago and I would say that their classes are a good way to learn.
As has been mentioned before, it can be hard to find what you are looking for. I would suggest going when you have some time to browse. Unlike an earlier review, I can't say that I have ever found Yarn Garden employees to be anything other than eager to help.
I had a disappointing experience at Yarn Garden. I couldn't tell how the yarn was supposed to be organized--by brand, weight, color, material, etc--it was all quite haphazard. I encountered what I thought to be about three different staff members, none of whom even acknowledged me, so I left without making a purchase, which I had intended to do. I was also interested in taking some classes, but I doubt I will be back.
Nice Yarn, but disorganized. Staff is okay..
I like the yarn selection at Yarn Garden, but I can never find what I'm looking for, without asking for help. There is so much yarn there, and it's a little disorganized.
The staff there is okay. Some of them are very friendly. Some are a little preoccupied.
The sipperie next door is pretty cool. Good Coffee.
I love that yarn garden also has community-service type knitting activities. Creating woolen helmet guards for our troops, etc. That's really a nice touch.
Most choice, friendliest service.
The friendly, knowledgeable staff at Yarn Garden are very helpful and interested in your knitting and crocheting ideas and problems. The shop offers a free clinic with instructor every Wednesday night until 8:00 for customers. Yarn Garden's offering of knitting classes is amazing. There are 75 classes offered per term from learning to knit to advanced. Class projects are beautfiful and geared to teach new techniques. Yarn Garden is an exciting and inspiring shop. They seem to have everything!