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kemp
05-05-2005, 02:40 PM
At the risk of bragging (ok, I guess I am) I have to tell you guys about my recent yarn purchase in Florence, Italy. I found (well, not literally found, but saw in a forum) the address to the "holy grail" of yarn stores. Boy, she wasn't kidding when she called it tha!. The name is Filati Campolmi at Via Portinari Folco, 19/R Prices 1.5 euro per certain # grams, varied by fiber. I got all 100% wool, 20 100g balls, 800g purple and 800g varigated for 124.00 USD! 10 balls of wool cost that in some places around here. I only I had brought a giant empty suitcase :doh:

Now to figure out what to make.... :XX:

KellyK
05-05-2005, 02:46 PM
VERY nice, Kemp!!! I would never think of checking out yarn stores when travelling abroad....well, I WILL NOW!

I wonder if there is a yarn store in Costa Rica?? :thinking:

Yvonne
05-05-2005, 02:47 PM
Oh, how gorgeous! Lucky you!

kemp
05-05-2005, 02:48 PM
VERY nice, Kemp!!! I would never think of checking out yarn stores when travelling abroad....well, I WILL NOW!

I wonder if there is a yarn store in Costa Rica?? :thinking:

The only thing that made me think about it was seeing that post! Wish I could remember where I saw it so I could thank her. If I ever go again, I am going to figure out a way to bring home more! I could sell some of it on ebay to pay for my own habit :)

KellyK
05-05-2005, 02:49 PM
ARE YOU STILL IN ITALY RIGHT NOW???

kemp
05-05-2005, 03:11 PM
no...unfortunately not!!!! Wasn't my presence up until now missed??!!! :thinking: haha

Good to be away, but also good to be home :)

Hildegard_von_Knittin
05-05-2005, 04:55 PM
ooooo it's gorgeous!!!! I might order some... hopefully the italian yarn comes with an italian man, too...

VictoiseC
05-05-2005, 05:34 PM
Ohhhh, I'd be careful what you wish for Hildy!!!!

:shock:

kemp
05-05-2005, 05:38 PM
ooooo it's gorgeous!!!! I might order some... hopefully the italian yarn comes with an italian man, too...


:thinking: hmmm....strangely enough, I didn't see any gorgeous Italian men...then again mabye I was too busy looking at the yarn! :) They also didn't seem quite as nice as here (the men, not the yarn)

carollovesyarn
05-05-2005, 08:57 PM
Oh, thanks. Now I have drool all over my keyboard.

Love the variegated on the right! Wish I could see the purple better...

Carol

MaggieL
05-05-2005, 09:10 PM
I may have to travel just to get yarn. :thinking: ***palms begin to sweat just thinking about flying.***

Silver
05-05-2005, 09:53 PM
Yarn... FROM... Italy... bought... IN... Italy!! :shock:

*envy envy envy*

kemp
05-06-2005, 02:37 PM
:heart: I know! I can't believe it either! If anyone has suggestions about what I should make with them let me know :thumbsup:

Silver
05-06-2005, 03:53 PM
I think you should make me a sweater. :thumbsup:
Just let me know when you need my measurements.

kemp
05-06-2005, 03:56 PM
:roflhard: should've seen that one coming! Wool would be too warm for you in Fla. anyway :)

Silver
05-06-2005, 04:12 PM
Nonsense. I'll wear it inside, with my AC set to 50. Just trust me. :D

VictoiseC
05-06-2005, 06:17 PM
Oh my, dio mio... you can make so many beautiful things. That baby blue will look great on you. How about a sweater or a small fancy lacy sweater? Or a wrap, like a ballet wrap... you know, long sleeves but short and then the ties wrap around in back to tie. I saw a great lacy one in this old magazine I have but you have to be able to do a complicated pattern. Sort of complicated not too.

There are so many things with yarn that beautiful. !

MaggieL
05-06-2005, 06:42 PM
I think anything would look great. :XX: I would make it something :D special.

kemp
05-07-2005, 09:56 AM
Oh my, dio mio... you can make so many beautiful things. That baby blue will look great on you. How about a sweater or a small fancy lacy sweater? Or a wrap, like a ballet wrap... you know, long sleeves but short and then the ties wrap around in back to tie. I saw a great lacy one in this old magazine I have but you have to be able to do a complicated pattern. Sort of complicated not too.

There are so many things with yarn that beautiful. !

That ballet wrap sounds really pretty...can you tell me where to find the pattern? I like haivng a sweater or wrap for the evenings and that sounds like it would be perfect!

kemp
05-07-2005, 09:57 AM
I think anything would look great. :XX: I would make it something :D special. I think something special too...I just don't want to wait so long looking for the perfect thing that I don't use it!

KellyK
05-07-2005, 10:18 AM
OOOOH! I LOVE the idea of a ballet shrug or something similar with that baby blue yarn!

Check these out:
Not exactly a ballet shrug (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTshimmer.html), but PREEEETY nonetheless!

THIS ONE (http://www.interweave.com/knit/TSC/ballet_neck_twin.asp) has a ballet NECK and a lacy pattern

Ballet STYLE wrap cardi (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTotis.html)

And, HERE'S (http://www.rebecca-online.com/en/anleit/heft_12_anl_17.pdf) a more "substantial" version.

carollovesyarn
05-07-2005, 05:31 PM
You could add ties to this cable shrug (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/Shrugs_instructions.pdf)- it's pretty.

And then if you can find a copy of the Spring IK, there's a lovely one on the cover (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/back_issues/SP_05.asp).

Carol

kemp
05-12-2005, 09:18 AM
OOOOH! I LOVE the idea of a ballet shrug or something similar with that baby blue yarn!

Check these out:
Not exactly a ballet shrug (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTshimmer.html), but PREEEETY nonetheless!

THIS ONE (http://www.interweave.com/knit/TSC/ballet_neck_twin.asp) has a ballet NECK and a lacy pattern

Ballet STYLE wrap cardi (http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATTotis.html)

And, HERE'S (http://www.rebecca-online.com/en/anleit/heft_12_anl_17.pdf) a more "substantial" version.

I LOVE the rebecca one...I already had that pattern saved. I think the blue might be a bit too bulky for that though. If you see anything else though, let me know!

kemp
05-12-2005, 09:20 AM
You could add ties to this cable shrug (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/web_projects/Shrugs_instructions.pdf)- it's pretty.

And then if you can find a copy of the Spring IK, there's a lovely one on the cover (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/back_issues/SP_05.asp).

Carol

Ooh...the one on the cover of IK is pretty! Might have to look at that one more closely. Thanks! :)

Carie
05-12-2005, 01:38 PM
That yarn looks amazing! I would have gone to one of their cheapo markets and bought a knockoff suitcase just to buy more yarn.

And what is funny is that clothing in Italy is sooooo expensive (to me; and small!)

Anyone know non-USA yarn stores that ship to the US (and, while I'm at it on my wish list, have English on their Web site)? Like, in England or Italy or Turkey or South America? I know there's quite a few in Canada (like Elann!)

Carie

javede
05-12-2005, 02:13 PM
I know one :waving: (in absence of a handputting up smilie ;-) )
http://shop.wollkontor.de/catalog/default.php
and it's also in english! The prices are quit normal compared to other german shops I know of. If I have the time I could search through my list of german shops and see if any of them also offer shipping outside of Germany.
As an addition: as far as I know their shipping prices reflect the "real" postage. I have recently looked into shipping prices to the US and if I remember correctly the range was the same.

Louine
05-12-2005, 02:46 PM
I love colinette yarn and over her it is over $20 (usually around $23 per hank about 100yards)------My daughter travels to Ireland and she can get it there for about 6-8 Euros ---which is no more than about $10 per hank.....I always beg for yarn as my presents.

carollovesyarn
05-12-2005, 04:17 PM
I know one :waving: (in absence of a handputting up smilie ;-) )
http://shop.wollkontor.de/catalog/default.php
and it's also in english! The prices are quit normal compared to other german shops I know of. If I have the time I could search through my list of german shops and see if any of them also offer shipping outside of Germany.
As an addition: as far as I know their shipping prices reflect the "real" postage. I have recently looked into shipping prices to the US and if I remember correctly the range was the same.That was fun, looking around. I actually have some Zitron Evita I bought here for $3.20 - it was discounted from $8. On this site it's $3.40, a full bag would be about $34 plus shipping to US - rapid conversion...about $23 to ship = $57 USD. If I had paid full retail for a whole bag, it would have been $80, not including tax. Ok, I now see the advantage of buying directly from Europe (in comparison to paying full retail) - at least in this one instance. Thanks! :thumbsup:

kemp
05-13-2005, 08:37 AM
I know one :waving: (in absence of a handputting up smilie ;-) )
http://shop.wollkontor.de/catalog/default.php
and it's also in english! The prices are quit normal compared to other german shops I know of. If I have the time I could search through my list of german shops and see if any of them also offer shipping outside of Germany.
As an addition: as far as I know their shipping prices reflect the "real" postage. I have recently looked into shipping prices to the US and if I remember correctly the range was the same.

WOW! With economy shipping to US, some of the things on their site are definitley worth it! Thanks for the tip. If you find any more, please let us know. And...if you are in Germany, a train ticket to Florence might be worth it just for that yarn store. :shock: It was that good!

javede
05-13-2005, 10:39 AM
Believe it or not, I have just searched for the price of a ticket to italy :oops:
Unfortunately a bit too much for me at the moment. Milano/Florence is NOT included in the SparNight trains as I thought(aka hoped for) :(
That would have only been 29....

Anyway, I've searched through the other online stores I know of, but they are not in english. They wrote that you've got to ask them about international shipping. Think it will be the same as in the other shop I posted above.
Here are my favourit stores. I only listed the ones I brought from before.


http://www.bastelundhobbykiste.de/oxid/ This one is partly in english and I know that the owner is able to write and understand english too ;-)

http://www.mariannes-opalwolle.de/ This one "only" sells sock yarn, but has such a great variety of it.

http://wollmaus.shop.t-online.de/ This one has sales ALL the time. If you click on a manufacturer on the left you'll get two options:
-aktuell
-sonderangebot = special offer

If you've got any questions-translation etc.- you can ask me