The things a crocheter would go to just to get her yarn fill. I made this video last December 31, 2018; I realized that I spent the last day of my 2018 haunting for yarns in a stormy weather. I should have an award for this! =)
The video is not so clear but nevertheless, ENJOY! =)
Over a year ago, I posted about the different yarns and yarn sellers I found locally here in Philippines. I deliberately put “Part 1” to the title because I was planning to post more details about each seller or type of yarns I found locally… but hooking and life happens, as well as hoarding of yarns happened.
I “stopped” buying yarns this 2018, and unfortunately, the yarn stash also stopped moving. For some reason, they just did not decrease in numbers. So the previous day, I found myself boxing a portion of the yarns so that I could store them away. There’s just no way I could use all of them up in 2018, and also, to free some space for other more necessary things. (And, sorry, I’m not giving them away because I’m attached; I know one should not get attached to material things but yarns and hooks are totally different kind of things.=))
I boxed first the yarns that I’m mostly “attached” to. They are from local fiber artists. Looking at them, I honestly could not recall why I bought them before aside that they all look pretty, and I’m just so proud that local artists were/are creating them. And, most of all, they’re all created by women.
So I’m sharing photos of them again because this kind of beauty are meant to be shared, and to honor the talent and time put into these yarn creations.
I’m not really the rainbow-y unicorn-y type of person but it’s just hard to resist rainbow-themed yarns. I had more cakes of these color combination before but, yeah, amazing that I used and gave some of them. =)
Most of the local fiber artist use fine cotton thread (or other types of thread), and mix them to create beautiful mixes and gradient yarns. It can be tricky to use them especially for first timers, but you’ll get the hang of it after some time. Just be patient, and you’ll be blessed with pretty finished crochet items.
Following are some plied yarns I purchased. Is it worth it or not? I should make a review but I’m not going to promise. Just a tip for using hand-plied yarns, minimize “undoing” your work because it could “un-ply” the yarns.
From Sugar Free. It looks like a thicker type of cotton thread is used.
GRADIENT YARN MIXES
These are the yarns that I have most. This type of yarn is best use for huge continuous type of project like shawls, seamless tops/dresses, blankets, and others to get the full effect of the yarn mix.
Sugar Free Fiber Arts
They have yarn mixes that use different types of thread in one mix.
I forgot the name of this mix, but my most favorite. It’s perfect for that classic vintage effect. It’s perfect for doilies, and such type of projects. I’m not sure for wearable because is has this silver strands which I’m not sure if it’s plastic or thread.
Dazzle. It uses poly-cotton thread. I actually love this for its “shiny” effect.
Pure Cotton Mix. I forgot the name of this line. This is the most kind of thread used in mixes by local yarn artists.
Aren’t they all beautiful?! I pat myself on the back for really being able to control my buying impulse this year. It’s a bit hard to control it especially when there are more new local yarn artists now. Let’s see my “strength” this 2019? =)
We went to Hong Kong last March 2018, and for this 3rd world citizen (I should retire using 3rd world but I could not find any better adjective to use), I could not deny that I definitely could not afford that much in Hong Kong. But I definitely could afford topping up my Octopus card (HK’s public transportation card), and just go around to find some yarn shops.
We stayed in Kowloon area in first few days, and so I was just really able go around this part of Hong Kong. I did not feel crossing to Hong Kong Island because I felt it’s really quite far and it’s probably more expensive there. I mean Kowloon feels more like I’m in downtown Colon of Cebu, while Hong Kong Island feels like more you’re somewhere uptown in business districts of Cebu. You know what I mean.
I’m just going to post photos of the shops I was able to find while I was trying not to get lost in Hong Kong.
Lai Chi Kok Area
We stayed in this area, somewhere near the Mei Foo station. The first time I tried to go around, I got lost after 500 meters it’s because my google maps’ Location Services setting was not set on “Always,” and I just realized that when the address says “Street,” it can mean the whole long Highwayyyyyy. @.@ There was a big stupid blooper story on this but I’ll spare you from the boring details.
It’s inside D2 mall. This was really more of a craft store for your different crafts so there was not much type of yarns there. Mostly, yarns that can be used for other crafts not solely for crochething or knitting. But this store also has crochet hooks. It’s on the pricey side.
This place is just near HandCrafter but in a different building. But KPC Yarn is actually a yarn brand so this place was really more of an office. Their yarns are wool. There was showroom for their yarns, and some crochet and knitting gears from Clover and Addi. It’s where I actually find the lowest prices of Clover and Addi stuff among the shops I stumbled upon in Kowloon area.
I think you can also stay in their showroom to work on your projects.
Mong Kok Area
The next area I went to was Mong Kok because it’s like the most familiar to me, and google search results also pointed a lot of shops in the area. So on a Sunday, I went there alone, and it was a bad idea because some of the shops are closed on Sundays.
So I just do with what were open on that day.
I landed in Fa Yuen Street Market because I thought it was like a bazaar market, like Ladies’ market. But it was really literally a wet market / farmer’s market.
Is it just me? But English is a bit harder in Kowloon area compared to Hong Kong Island or Lantau Island. Thankfully, I was not so bad in picking up a noodle dish by just making “turo-turo.”
Thankfully, someone in the diner was able to point me out to the “street market” that I was looking for, and from there it was easier for me to navigate to other yarn shops nearby.
Just one more block away from the Fa Yuen Street Market was a street market of wearables, like Ladies’ Market. One of the stalls there is selling yarns.
This place was where I found the lowest priced yarns. Its yarns mostly reminded me of those I found in Vietnam so I was not that tempted much. And, it’s still way cheaper back in Vietnam because well HK’s 1st world.
This on a parallel road of the street market, which building was facing the main road / highway. This is definitely YARN HEAVEN, but every thing was just expensive for my 3rd world pocket so I just stare and feel. =)
DAISO is called Living Plaza in Hong Kong according to google search results. So if you want to look for Daiso shops in HK, search for Living Plaza.
This Living Plaza was along Nathan Road, which was the nearest from Fa Yuen Street.
I tried visiting other yarn shops in my list, but either they were closed because it’s Sunday or permanently closed. Anyhow, I had fun roaming around Kowloon.
I got a chance to go to Vietnam last November. Husband was there for work so I had some time to roam the city on my own alone. This was not a planned trip for me so I had no expectation or set some “101 things to do.” So with no particular itinerary, I naturally went looking for a yarn shop the first time I was alone.
But first coffee…
Unlike in Hanoi, finding yarns in Da Nang was closed to nothing. The google search results were useless. It was purely out-of-luck that I stumbled on a small stall among the hundreds of stalls in Con Market.
Con Market is like a public market or “tabo sa banay” or bazaar place where you can find detergent powders to underwears, party favors, along side with fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.
Unlike the shop I found in Hanoi, Vietnam, there was nothing much new type of yarns in the shop in Da Nang, Vietnam. There is the milk cotton yarn, the fingering-weight cotton I really love (which I hoarded a bit back in Hanoi), the soft acrylics, and wool (which I’m not really sure because the store staff could not converse in English, as well as I could not do Vietnamese). I noticed that milk cotton yarns is really abundant in Vietnam.
But it’s just so hard to resist so I picked out a few of the fingering weight yarns, few acrylic (or maybe they’re wool), and a big crochet hook (size 6). The crochet hook reminds of the black special edition of clover.
Quick review on the hook: This actually feels nice and light. It’s so light that it feels like it’s hollow, and I’m afraid that it might easily get bent when a strong force hit it. But it’s really nice. The black color is cool but the downside is it can be hard to find the hook when being used especially when it’s used with dark color yarns. I got this for 15000VND (which is around 30Pesos) so it’s not that bad. =)
For those who wanted to visit this yarn store in Da Nang, Vietnam, following is the address. The yarn shop owner gave me her “receipt” as her business card, so I have reference when I need to find her again.
To celebrate my discovery, I got myself a legit streetside dining. =)
I think this was Mi Quang. Mi Quang is pho equivalent of Da Nang, Vietnam. If it’s your first time in Da Nang, please don’t make the mistake of finding pho; look for mi quang instead! =) Pho is Hanoi’s specialty.
I really did not get horrendous amount of yarns, but it was more than what I usually buy, and it filled up almost an entire duffel bag.
It’s hard to be asking for suggestions or directions from the local when the yarn stores because we just have not common language. So I was very happy when I stumbled upon a yarn store on our first day of just aimlessly walking around the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Old Quarter reminds me of Colon / downtown area of Cebu with a lot of foreigners milling around like Boracay.
I was really itching to get away from the crowd, when this happened:
LEN – KHAN. Though Vietnamese language is written similarly to our alphabets but I’m still having a hard time figuring out what it means. Any how, let’s just call this yarn store as LEN – KHAN. (According to a blog I read, “Len” means “yarn.”)
The most yarns they carry, that I could understand, are acrylic, cashmere, and milk cotton yarns. Prices were relatively way low. In this yarn shop, 2 milk cotton in a pack was 100,000 VND which is around P200+; so basically it’s around P100+ per 100g milk cotton. Their milk cotton is similar to the ones in Gantsilyo Guru.
Here are some other photos of yarns from that store.
This one is similar to the Indophil yarns, which I could usually get from Baguio.
More inside the store…
I was drawn to this yarn. It’s like 6-ply combed cotton but just way softer, and feels lighter.
I was not planning to buy any yarns on that day yet but I could not resist it. So on my first day of roaming around Hanoi, I went back to where we stay with this:
Not bad for Day 1 in Vietnam.
Along this road are stores that sell knitted / crocheted items, and they also has few yarns for sale but are pricier compared. There are also thread stores.
2. Dung Thao Len. I found this yarn store through this blog post, Hanoi Yarn Shops. I was glad that I did not buy a lot at the first store because their prices are way lower. For the 2 milk cotton in a packet, it was priced at 70,000VND instead.
For the 2 milk cotton in a packet, it was priced at 70,000VND instead.
They also has more yarn choices. I spotted some fancy yarns, and some yarns from Japan.
They also carry crochet hooks, and knitting needles (straight and circular).
This was where I get a bit crazy getting yarns. @.@ I wanted to get a lot of milk cotton yarns, but I was really drawn to the ones that I first bought at the other yarn store. I bought 2 cakes for each color. If ever I would add more to it, I thought that we no longer have a luggage space for it.
This was my receipt from this store. If ever you visit Hanoi, and want to check this yarn shop, I think you can use the address, 20 Dinh Liet, on this receipt to spot it on Google Maps.
Here’s my saved Google maps of the yarn stores / shops in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Last month, I had a chance to be in Pasig, Metro Manila. And, I was like, “seriously, what’s in Pasig?” Forgive this probinsyana who rarely gets to be in the big metro. Until, I realized that Gantsilyo Guru Yarn Studio is in our hood (hood to be millenial-sounding.) EXCITING! =)
My first set of big hooks, and cotton yarns were from their online store. I order a few items from them from time to time. So visiting their physical store would feel like meeting your online friend, like eyeball. =)
And, I think Gantsilyo Guru Yarn Studio is probably the most popular local yarn shop (LYS) in Philippines. So it’s like meeting a celebrity.
So here are very few photos I took during the “fan meeting” because I was feeling shy. I was really hoping to get a photo with Trey, but my shyness overwhelmed me on that day! ARGHHHH!!! Major regret!
It can be a bit tricky finding the shop because it’s inside a building so you will not find a facade from the street. The studio is located inside this building.
I just bought a few hooks and knitting needles because I just recently received a package from them before going to Pasig.
The other week, we were in Singapore. And the only thing that was in my mind on days leading to our trip was to go to as many yarn shops the google maps would allow me. @.@
Here are the yarn shops I was able to visit. It was really just more of “hopping” than shopping because, I believe, yarns do not really come cheap wherever we are in the world. (I reposted a list of yarn shops, which I got from a member of SG-based crochet group, way down below.)
NOTE: There’s a People’s Park Centre and People’s Park Complex which are just nearby each other. Golden Dragon Store is in “Centre.”
My first yarn store trip was to something familiar. I’d been to this place a few times in our last trip. This was where I learned to knit, and got my first sets of needles which were both 4mm (You can read more about this place in my previous post, Project Ugly Socks.). When we got home after that first visit of Golden Dragon, that’s when I got really hooked to crochet that you will never see me without a yarn or hook in hand after that. I guess the crafting vibes of the Titas of SG (huddled in a corner knitting or crocheting) was so strong, it followed me until Cebu. =)
I don’t think their yarns here are really that extensive but coming from an island without any legit yarn shop, it’s already heaven to me!!! I could just stare at their walls full of yarn display.
On their entrance is shelves of their discounted yarns.This is the cheapest yarn in the store. It seems to be the equivalent of our Monaco.
They have a lot of crochet hook brands, the popular ones, from Susan Bates to Hamanaka. Though, price-wise, you may score a better price from local fb sellers.
They also carry a lot of knitting needles from Clover, and Aero.
Either way, I think this is a good place to start your yarn shop hopping because it’s in Chinatown. They have a nice hawker station in this area though can be crowded because it’s a popular area.
Well, I think what I really love about this place is seeing the Titas of SG with their crafts, and eavesdropping to their chatters. It’s my kind of “tourist spot.”They also display some knitted / crocheted items.
The only thing I hoard from this place was this stitch markers, Clover and Hamanaka, because I have enough of the generic cheap stitch markers which break easily.
After doing some crocheting some rows done in Golden Dragon Store, I moved on to something “new” place. This was fairly near to Golden Dragon Store. According to Google maps, it was just less than 2KM away from Golden Dragon so I just walked it than trying to find a bus stop (I really have a bad sense of direction.). Though a friend said that it’s far but there were interesting places on my way; I passed by Clark Quay, Caning Fort. And, when you’re in 1st world, pedestrian life is really not that haggard. =)
Spotlight is like a home furnishing / decors, party supplies, and craft store. There was probably more to it. I just got stuck in the yarns area. There were probably 4 rows of yarns.
If you love acrylics and wool, you can find a lot in relatively low prices here. At that time, I think the cheapest I saw was 4 skeins for SGD15.
I got out of this place empty handed! YAY! =) (I actually planned to check all the yarn stores, and go back to each of them to buy yarns but plans changed, more of it on the later part.)
Protip: There’s a Daiso store right beside Spotlight.
Because Daiso in Cebu does not have yarns, so it’s kind of fun to get inside a Daiso store and find yarns, and a bit of crochet and knitting notions. I think I got inside 2 Daiso stores in Singapore but I did not buy any thing. It was just for the fun of it.
All their stuff are priced at SGD2. It was so tempting to buy the crochet hooks but I stopped myself to save my chicken-rice-kopi-tiam money for the best. =)
ONDORI, Kewalram House, Bukit Merah
NOTE: They only accept cash. And, use Kewalram House to search it up in Google Maps as it’s easier that way.
Per Knitwerks’ recommendation, I ventured to this place. I made sure that husband was free to accompany me because it looks tricky on Google maps. But really, it’s not.
If you get intimidated with its location, don’t be. It’s located in a warehouse complex. If you’re in Cebu, it’s like you’re in MEPZA but only of warehouses. It’s an area full of buildings that are warehouses. You can find Ondori in one of the buildings.
Ondori is located inside Kewalram House. So I guess when you look it up on Google Maps, you search for Kewalram House. Once you reach Kewalram, you have to get inside the building.
They sale yarns by bulk, or as they say “peket” (packet). I think at least a packet may contain 6 pieces. They sell branded yarns: Katia, Schachenmayer, etc.
This shelf just looks so fluffy.
They have a specific shelves of yarns which are on SALE, where I got all my yarns. The lowest price I found was 20SGD for a packet but it was for some fancy yarns, which might just end up in your destash box. The nice ones were somewhere in 50SGD per packet (which consists of a minimum of 6 pieces).
They also have Tulip crochet hooks. I think they sell it at a relatively lower price. They also carry Addi knitting needles. I so wanted to get a set of the interchangeable knitting needles and Tulip crochet hooks; but it was a choice of needles, hooks, or yarns. So I picked yarns, then bought 2 circular needles. (The Addi needles really feel good.=))
I don’t know what’s in that place but it gobbled up all my chicken-rice and kopi tiam money. So if you plan to go yarn store hopping in Singapore, you can probably have this as the last destination because it’s just so hard to resist the yarns here. =)
After Ondori, I dared not go to any yarn store any more. This is where my yarn shop / store hopping in Singapore ended.
LAST PROTIP! If you ran out of money from yarns and such, visit one of their National Public Libraries. It’s so LIT!
Here’s a list of yarn shops that I got from a member of a Singapore-based crochet fb group. I’m just going to quote the member’s full reply:
“Found this list on a ravely forum but it is posted 9 yrs ago. Some of the shops may or may not still be ard.
1) Spotlight – Plaza Singapura
Description: Best for novelty yarns and Australian imports (also sells cheap plastic needles!) HUGE selection of other craft and home-making materials
Prices: Variable, mostly affordable (starting from ~$5 per ball)
2) Golden Dragon – People’s Park Centre http://goldendragon.com.sg/index.htm
Description: Huge handicraft store with one wall dedicated to yarn, with a few novelties
3) Yong Herng Co. – 211 Holland Avenue Holland Road Shopping Centre #02-12
Description: Tiny shop run by an approachable, friendly Chinese couple who don’t mind if you come in just to look. Small selection of plainer yarns, including Rowan, Butterfly…the shop also carries loads of ribbons and other fabric-craft-related items like buttons, zips, bells, cross-stitch etc.