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Romni Wools

Posted by Staff / Posted on March 19, 2012

Romni Wools TorontoRomni Wools overwhelms with its rows and rows of baskets filled with all colours and textures of yarn. The aisles can get a little narrow, but if you don't mind being surrounded by every kind of wool imaginable and aren't claustrophobic, it can be a knitter's dream.

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klumps / March 24, 2012 at 03:01 am
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Vast selection in yarn and the Student discount is cool. Only they have a reputation for having the rudest LYS staff in all of Toronto.
gail burgin / April 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm
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love romni -- beautiful yarns. i found the staff very helpful and knowledgeable.
randomm / August 7, 2012 at 03:31 pm
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they really do have an amazing selection - but the staff is beyond rude. i've only ever had one person be nice to me in the store. i don't shop there anymore.
Sunshine / October 11, 2012 at 09:26 pm
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Must agree with Randomm. Awful service, every single time! Refuse to shop here anymore. Lettuce Knit and the Knit Cafe are close by and appreciate every customer. Go there instead!
gadgetgirl02 / December 27, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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I've had wonderful service at Romni every time I've gone there -- but I'd been knitting for over twenty years the first time I went, and I worked at a yarn shop myself when I was in high school. I will say that the staff does not gladly suffer fools -- they're not really intended for newbies, although I have noticed that in recent years they've become more newbie-friendly.

If you know what you want, have all your numbers (yardage, gauge, etc.) with you, and can ask direct, precise questions, it's a great shop. It's not the sort of place you wander into and say, "Yeah, I want to make a sweater, I think, a blue one. What yarn should I use? Oh, and I don't want to make anything too difficult. And can you help me read the pattern? I don't know what all the terms mean."

I'm not saying that the people who posted above about rudeness were like that, but I *have* seen the staff get snappish when confronted with someone who wants to be coddled.

On the other hand, I have had some great conversations with staff about colour and yarn choices when I came in knowing what I wanted down to a few variables. If you know enough to talk shop a bit and show you have your own opinions (and aren't just parroting what the popular bloggers are saying), you'll be fine.
Ellen replying to a comment from klumps / August 23, 2013 at 02:10 pm
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Not any more-- they did have that reputation, and deserved it, but there is a new owner and the current staff are all young, exceedingly helpful, and friendly.

Whole different ballgame.

(oh, and the basement isn't scary anymore, either )
elizabeth / October 20, 2013 at 03:41 pm
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Hello Romni Wools.
I wonder if you carry white Wool crepe and if not, do you have the name of a fabric sore that may carry it? I need it for the purpose of experimenting with natural dyes,
thank you,

elizabeth

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