If you love yarn and making things with yarn, then your new favorite place is Fibre Space. A beautiful, full-service yarn shop in Old Town, Alexandria, Fibre Space is the brain child of Danielle Romanetti and the brick-and-mortar manifestation of her popular mobile knitting club, Knit-a-Gogo.
Danielle started Knit-a-Gogo in 2006, teaching knitting and hosting fibre-loving events at coffee shops and bakeries in the DC area. Two years later, her client list and faculty had grown so much, she knew they needed a permanent home. In 2009, after careful planning and research, Fibre Space was born.
Danielle has created the perfect haven for knitters and crocheters because nobody loves yarn more than she does. She has done careful research and works hard to find the most beautiful and high-quality yarns in every imaginable category, for any project, and at every price point.
Fibre Space customers know they can rely on the shop for lovely natural-fiber yarns from both national brands and local spinners and dyers.
One of the most popular brands in the store is Neighborhood Fiber Company, from a local hand-dyer who names the colorways after beloved DC neighborhoods. The yarns are a favorite with locals and tourists alike, for both the ties to the nation’s capitol and their gorgeous, saturated color, which is unusual for hand-dyed yarn.
Danielle stocks her store very thoughtfully, and would love to tell you why she has chosen any particular product. Just ask!
In addition to the beautiful array of yarns, Fibre Space also provides books, patterns, needles, roving for needle felters and spinners, and notions of every kind. There’s also a space to sit and hang out with your latest project, as well as classroom space and an always-full calendar of events.
One of the most unique events hosted at Fibre Space is the Yarn Tasting. Periodically, Danielle partners with a local Alexandria business – a chocolatier or a bakery, for example – and invites her customers to come in and experiment with a new yarn and taste some locally-made goodies.
No full service yarn shop would be complete without an educational department, and Fibre Space definitely does not disappoint. With six experienced instructors (in addition to Danielle herself), the shop provides an extensive schedule of knitting and crocheting classes, appropriate for anyone ranging from the spanking-new beginner to the seasoned veteran. Private and semi-private lessons are also available.
Additionally, Fibre Space also hosts workshops on unique projects and techniques, like yarn dyeing or spinning. Other events include a Lock In Sock In, and the monthly Friday Night at the Movies. You can even host your own knitting or crocheting event at Fibre Space!
Fibre Space is located at 102 North Fayette Street in Alexandria, Virginia, and is open seven days a week, extra late on Thursdays and Fridays. You can keep up with what’s happening at the store, as well as progress on Danielle’s latest project, at the Fibre Space blog.