This past March I spent a long weekend in Montreal with the family to celebrate my birthday. At the end of the trip my mother and I took a side excursion to the city’s southeastern suburb of to visit Les Laines Biscotte.
Though the store carries a wide variety of yarns from diverse producers, it may be best known for its sock yarn. On the website, you can join Biscotte’s Mystery Sock Club to receive a skein of sock yarn and a pattern every other month. In-store, however, when you see the vast selection of sock yarns all in one place, it’s truly staggering. I think I experienced palpitations when beholding this display:
Just look at those colors! It was so hard choosing just half a dozen of them to take home with me. There was a great selection of speckled yarns and self-striping yarns in beautiful and often whimsical color combinations. Some of the Bis Sock colorways you can currently purchase online include watermelon, flamingo, witch underpants, and Dark Side (think Pink Floyd). There are also kits and a Harry Potter-themed line of yarns, plus over two hundred patterns on the website, many of which are free, including this adorable sheep pattern, which I’ve seen someone at my local yarn store making. The finished product is extremely cute and can be jazzed up or down depending on the main and contrasting colors you choose.
My haul was pretty impressive:
One of these is currently in the works as one of my toe-up, two-at-a-time projects for a Christmas present. I may have to reserve the rest for socks to fill out my personal collection, as I don’t know that I could part with any of them.
If you can make it up to Montreal to visit the store in person, I would highly recommend it. For the amount of time I have been spending in Montreal lately, it’s an embarrassment that I don’t speak French yet. The store staff spoke limited English, but we managed to get by, and they were very patient and accommodating with me. Don’t let any lack of French knowledge keep you from visiting, as being able to browse that kind of inventory in person is a real treat. I stuck with the Biscotte line, as there was so much to choose from, and I do love buying yarns with as much local character as possible when traveling (the yarns are all hand-dyed in nearby Saint-Bruno). But as mentioned, the store does carry other brands as well.
And if you can’t make it to Montreal any time soon, check out the Biscotte website. I find the yarn very nice to work with, and the colors are outstanding.