We went on our honeymoon for two weeks in Argentina in June. Amidst the wedding planning and honeymoon, I managed to miss the part about there being an entire yarn district in BA! Who knew? I happened to come across a few blogs about said yarn district in the airport to Argentina! Thinking I was a city savvy person, I thought it would be easy enough to find from the closest subway station. Being the directionally challenged person that I actually am, we had bit of trouble finding the shops. But once we got there, we found a few blocks full of yarn shops! It was AWESOME!
I bought lots of yarn and a few other things, as well! There wasn’t a lot of natural fiber yarn as you might expect. There were a ton of acrylic yarns, lots of yarn bombed trees, and interesting displays! The way that you buy yarn here is a bit different than in the U.S. Generally it seems that the process goes like this: you consult with a sales person about what you are looking for and they bring you the yarn to look at and make a decision. In most stores, the yarn was behind a counter -unable to be touched! In 1-2 stores the yarn was more touch-accessible!
On our last full day of our honeymoon, we took an impromptu ferryboat to Uruguay. And I thought, hmmm I wonder…. Manos del Uruguay? There was a shop in the small town we went to! To my surprise; however, the shop sold knitted, woven, crocheted items (but mostly woven) and a few other items. They did not sell yarn, but rather products made by local women using their yarn. I bought a small shawl!
Have you ever been the the Buenos Aires yarn district? How about other yarn shops abroad? Please let me know if you would like to see photos of what I bought!