Berlin Yarn Store Bliss

In an earlier post I wrote about buying yarn in Florence.  I’ve just spent five days on a short holiday in Berlin and although I spent most of my time in the fabulous museums and art galleries (and the fassbender and rausch chocolate  store!), I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to check out one of the yarns stores.  A quick look on line showed several that looked promising but the one I most liked the look of, and which was within reasonable distance of where we were staying was Die-Woll Lust.

It’s in a quiet street, Mittenwalder Strasse, not far from the  Gneisenaustr U station. It was a small shop front but an enticing one.  The window display showed that the lace shawl craze has certainly caught on in this corner of Berlin.

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Aren’t these gorgeous?

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A clever touch – there is a comfortable bench outside to park waiting spouses! I left my husband reading a book and went inside.

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A closer view of the window display from inside the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a lovely store!  At a table a small group was taking a sock knitting lesson.   Although I speak no German I instantly recognised the gentle burble of a small group of knitters chatting comfortably over the needles.  It must be international!

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I was amused by these  little knitted socks on the chair legs!

 

 

 

 

 

Just look at that wall of  colours!   And this is just a small part of the stock.  The shop is not enormous but packed with the most enticing yarns.  I would say that the shop is particularly strong on luxury quality lace weight and fingering weight yarns, much of it by Filace. They also had a good selection of sock yarns – Regia, Trekking and others.  They also had roving and yarn for felting.  They had a good stock of knitting needles, crotchet hooks and other tools by Knit-Pro, and a small but beautiful selection of shawl pins.

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.Did I buy anything?

Come on, what do you think?

It was difficult to choose.  But I’ll show off my purchases in my next post.

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Yarn from Florence or Italian Sunshine for the Winter

On holiday in Florence last summer I left the well trodden tourist streets to visit the yarn store Campolmi Roberto Filati.  It’s in a quiet street not far from the Duomo.  A small window display showed I’d found the right place but inside it was very different from UK yarn stores. It was as much a warehouse as a shop.  Most of the yarn was wrapped uo and on shelves behind a high wooden counter.

There was a display of small samples – each shown in just one colour, and I was a bit discouraged.   I like to be able to squish and muse.

A young woman came up and asked if she could help.  I had recently completed an angora shawl that I’d enjoyed knitting so I said “Angora” on impulse. She went off and returned with a black card folder of colour samples for me to look through.

She also pointed out a cardboard box in a corner full of fat skeins of discontinued yarns.  I had a root about.  None of the colours did much for me until I uncovered a bright sunshine yellow.  I instantly thought of my teenaged daughter  and a chunky scarf or cowl.  There were no bands giving yardage details and to be on the safe side I pulled out two skeins which the assistant assured me would be plenty. (It was – I have a full skein left.)

I finally left with the yellow angora, some deep crimson alpaca for a shawl for me, and balls of alpaca in three natural undyed shades which I thought I would use for mittens.  For yarns not in the discontinued bin the system was that you pick out a choice from the samples in the black folder and the assistant went off to fetch it from a stockroom.  The final bill was less than I expected and I had the impression that if you can deal with the unfamiliar process the yarn is good value.

The yellow was the first onto the needles.  I had no information about the yarn.  I was planning a scarf so all I really needed was a pattern and bit of trial and error to find a needle size which gave a gauge which felt right for a soft scarf.  My daughter chose a Jared Flood pattern, Wayfarer.

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The pattern features two textures with an interestingly shaped transition.  I cast on eight extra stitches to make it a bit wider but otherwise made no changes.

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So when she wears this scarf my daughter is wrapped in a bit of Florentine sunshine.

Q.  Do you buy yarn as a souvenir?