Saturday, January 06, 2007

Italian goodness

Hmmm....where to start??
I came back from my holiday on new year day, but have been busy(lazy) to update. And to think one of my New Year's resolution is to blog at least once a week!

Ok....let's move on to the holiday....scenery first or yarn first?? Let's do both instead!

First stop, Rome.

These irresistibly cute little balls of yarn were found in a little shop called Lana della Vecchia. The red, white and black yarn are yummy wool/cashmere blend that I just couldn't resist. I'm thinking they'll make a gorgeous fair isle hat. So I almost left the shop with only those....but then the owner called at me and pulled out boxes of pure angora and pure cashmere, that shrewd lady! She doesn't even speak much english! I could resist them only because they were in rather unappealing colours. But then she pulled out another box and say "This is cashmere and silk". Honestly, who could resist?? So I got 2 little balls of them in this gorgeous deep green colour and squeezed them all day.

These are from another yarn shop in Rome called Filati Filpucci. They are run by men and looked more like a hardware store than a yarn shop. The first 3 hanks are 3-ply pure wool at a price too good to pass. But when I ask the guy(the only one in the shop who speaks english) about the yardage, he shrugged and said "Don't know, maybe about 5000." Now, he might be right, but my logic tells me that's just not possible. We'll see. The 3 bright fushcia balls are super soft 70% angora yarn that were on sale. I'm thinking they'd make a cute beret.

Second stop, Florence.

The shop is called Campolmi Roberto Filati. It's a kind of shop that insist on 1 on 1 assistance and would only let you touch the shade cards. Still, they have tons of yarn at amazing price. I got a bag of natural alpaca yarn, 200g of lightweight baby alpaca(the vintage pink one), 50g of kid mohair yarn, and a huge 400g hank of pure white wool. I'm thinking of using the wool for felting. The hank is so big it's troublesome to bring around on the trip, but the price was just impossible to pass.

From Beatrice Galli Yarn Shop, the owner of the shop, Beatrice Galli herself I presumed, actually told me this "Touch, but not too much". It put me off a little, but I still couldn't resist all those cheerful colours.

Ugh.....Blogger won't let me upload more pictures, I've been trying for two days!
Anyway, I've finished 2 knits since the new year!! They should've been done ages ago, but I'm proud of myself for finally finishing them. I really want to show them to you, but lack of proper camera and proper photographer mean you'll have to wait till next month! Next month because I'm going home today(yay!!) and I'm not taking my winter knits back to hot and humid Jakarta.
There's a little problem for my in-flight knitting though, since it's safer to bring circular bamboo needles to get through the security, but most of my circulars are Addi Turbos! I do have a 4mm bamboo circular, so hopefully I can find a perfect little project with that. time I talk to you, hopefully I'd be able to share more pictures and have more knits to report!


opportunityknits said...

Welcome back Yuvee! Such fun reading about these lys owners - they're just like the ladies at GD! The one about touching but not too much is a gem! And the man's answer about yardage is also so funny - 1000, 5000, 6000 what's the big deal? I wonder if they knit? And you have my admiration, for lugging the yarn all over Italy. I'm such a wimp by comparison. Maybe next time I should go on holiday with you :)

Vanessa said...

Wow so many gorgeous yarn. Have a safe trip home girl

Mimi said...

Your trips are always packed with so much fun and wonderful yarns! Oh, there are indeed many LYS in Italy as I guessed. Will have to schedule a trip there one of these days!;)
Have a good vacation back home!

Laura.Y said...

My dear girl you always manage to have fun picking up yarns. :) Have a safe trip home. Happy new year!

R a i n said...

Hey! Welcome back! Nice to see you've been doing a good bit of shopping ;o)

Waiting for more pics..

sue said...

I am so glad that you have returned, but already we will have to wait another month. It looks as though you had all the yarn shops marked out for your destinations on your holiday. I would love a trip like that one day, but my cupboards are starting to overflow with yarn, so now I am knitting from stash. All of your yarn looks fantastic.

Louise said...

It was very nice reading about your yarn shopping. I will be going to Italy in two months on vacation. I was looking on the net for some yarn shops in Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and found your blog. Thank you very much for the helpful information.
Louise, MD

Vasyl said...

Hello! i have just read the blog. the matter is that we knit lots of different clothes. all is hand made and we have reasonable prices. but we need to find customers for what we do. we knit by catalogue and order. can you recommend where we could find customers for our items. my email is