Monday, 9 May 2011

Paris Part 2

This post continues my report of our trip to Paris yarn shops. For part 1, see here.

After our trip to La Drogerie, we stopped off for a quick drink and a sit down. I had a small glass of dry Reisling (very nice), for the sole reasoning that it was cheaper than water (just let that sink in!). Alice and Yuvee were a bit more adventurous!


We then sauntered over the the third yarn shop of the day, Le Bon Marché. Unlike the other shops on our tour, Le Bon Marché is a department store, and a rather posh one at that (their window display had Rick Owens, 3.1 Philip Lim & Hussein Chalayan), but up on the 4th floor is a large yarn and haberdashery department.

The store is otherwise fairly modern, but this department is all wood panelling & old fashioned service (yes, another queue-request-wait-pay scenario). I picked up this skein of wonder-fun.

Combed merino plied with a fine thread. It is very very lightweight, but so huge. Here it is with 100g of sock yarn for comparison:

The brand is Bouton D'Or and the yarn is Mistral.

After Le Bon Marché we made our way to our final stop, L'Oisive Thé. Recently this shop has begun stocking Alice's Sokkusu range of yarn, and we wanted to check it out!

(Love the monkey by the door!)

We quickly found Alice's yarn in this fab little yarn & tea shop.

I wish we had a shop like this in London, being able to sit with tea and browse the yarn was lovely, as was taking the time to really consider my purchases!

The store owner, Amy, joined us for tea and chat, and we got a good look at her yarn.

She mainly stocks US brands, with a couple of Canadian lines. With the Sokkusu range she's branching into UK yarns, and it seems as though it's been a great success! I ended up going home with 3 skeins I simply can't get in London yarn shops.

This Sweet Georgia Silk Crush Sock in Tumbled Stone is just dying to become a shawl.

I have mitten plans for this Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Seaside

And I'm not totally decided yet on this Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Patina (which, if you check out Alice's blog, you'll notice is exactly the same colour as the jumper I was wearing on the day!)

After tea and shopping we settled down to the L'Oisive Thé Knit Night. We met some awesome people looking forward to visiting London for Knit Nation, and I was surprised and impressed by how happy people were to speak English with me (I have completely forgotton my AS level French, much to my embarrassment!)

 It was great to see the range of people's project, and Alice was very excited to see her yarn being knit up by eager knitters!

After Knit Night it was time to rush back to the station, grab some ice cream and head back to London. We had a quick and easy journey, then I had a brief tube trip home, where I fell pretty much straight into bed!

What a day! I can't wait to do it all again!

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