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Yarn and Fiber Shops in Israel

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In spite of Israel affectionately being nicknamed "The Yarn Deprivation Zone," we present a list of yarn/fiber shops currently open. As with all thing transient, we strongly recommend that you call ahead to make sure of shop openings and hours. All shops are closed usually one afternoon a week (varies from town to town) and on Friday afternoons, as well as all day Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. Stores are open for business on Sunday.

What to expect: Yarn shops in Israel are usually not large nor well-stocked. Most shops are small and crammed with bags and boxes, the order of which is known only to the local yarn shop owner. There are generally no skeins of yarn out for you to touch and admire and most likely you'll need to ask the LYSO to take down a ball of yarn for you inspect. While yarn used to be spun and sold in Israel, nowadays yarns are most often imported from Europe and tend to be cotton, synthetic or synthetic/wool blends. This is not to say that you won't find anything of interest, it just means that you will have to work a little harder, be a little more patient and, perhaps, be willing to pay a little more than what you would at home for something comparable. Pattern books and magazines, such as Sandra or Burda's Anna, are also imported and can occassionally be found at the large Steimatsky bookshop chain, which has locations throughout the country, provided that one of our guild members hasn't bought the store's single available copy first.

Last updated: 15 May 2004

Haifa and the North

City Store Address Telephone Hours Comments
Haifa Tzemer Esti 29 Trumpeldor 04-
8:00-13:00/16:00-19:00; closed Tues aft. Neve Sha'anan
Kiryat Motzkin Chut shel chen 57 Goshen Blvd. 04-8708309    

Tel Aviv and the Sharon

City Store Address Telephone Hours Comments
Tel Aviv Ha'Tachana 101 Dizengoff St. 03-5278825 10:00-13:30/16:00-18:00 "Hod"Passage
Tel Aviv Tzemer Pninah 25 Menashe Ben Israel 03-6880661 09:00-14:00
Tel Aviv Marietta 53 Arlozorov St. 03-5235445 10:00-13:00 M-F/Sun 17:00-18:30
Ramat Gan Yehudit Du'ab 14 Haro'eh 03-6434007 08:00-13:30/16:00-19:00
Givataim Wooly 18 Sirkin 03-6725677 Sun, M, Tu 09:00-18:00/ Th, F 09:30-13:00
Givataim Kolbo Tec 31 Katznelson 03-7310940 10:00-13:00/16:30-19:00
Bnei Brak Hoot v'Echut 28 Nehamiah 03-6180358 10:00-14:00/17:00-20:00 Passage
Bat Yam Caftorei Shik 90 Balfour St. 03-6592989 8:30-13:00/16:00-19:30
Kfar Saba Beit Hasidkit 2 Sokolov St. 09-7482381 Call ahead
Kfar Saba Sidkit Inbal 94 Weitzman St. 09-7658063 Call ahead
Ra'anana Sarah Cohn 81 Ahuza St. No Phone 10:00-13:00/16:00-19:00; closed Tues aft.
Herzlia Tzemer Rachel 55 Sokolov St. No Phone 10:00-13:00/16:00-18:30; closed Mon/Wed aft.

Jerusalem and the Shomron

City Store Address Telephone Hours Comments
Jerusalem Bet HaTzemer 234 Yaffo 02-5380206    
Jerusalem Shani Badim 34 Ben Yehuda (City Cellar) 02-624-1597 Call ahead under the "Mashbir" at 28 King George

Be'erSheva and the South

City Store Address Telephone Hours Comments
Eilat Golden Hands (Yadei Zahav) Merchaz Razin 08-6375035 Sun-Fri,8:30-13:30;Sun-Thu,16:30-19:30 good selection of specialty and wool yarns,very friendly service
Glossary of Hebrew fiber-related terms:
Cha-NOOT TZE-mer - yarnshop (pronounced with a gutteral "ch.")
Choot - thread/yarn (again, pronounced with a gutteral "ch.)
Sri-GAH - knitting
TZE-mer - wool
Koot-NAH - cotton
Mas-ray-GOAT - knitting needles
Mas-RAY-gah Eh-CHAT - crochet hook
Dug-MAH Le-Sri-GAH - knitting pattern

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