Thursday, June 01, 2006

Time sure flies....

I was rambling through the Tang Lung Chau Street market in the middle of bustling Causeway Bay yesterday and stumbled upon a yarn stall… Oh what a great surprise! I know this stall when I was a kid but just never thought it is still here after 2 decades… !!! Just can’t believe how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday that I was here buying yarn for my first sweater… it was an angora wool blend in Ivory. I was so excited to finish the project and planned to wear it on my 16th birthday. And I did, but the angora was way too warm for March… but that's another story...

Now, the stall is still owned by the same warm-hearted lady and the buying experience remains “raw” but very fun… Yarns are sold by weight (just like the veggies/foodstuff next door), at rock bottom prices with no precise yardage, gauge or fiber content descriptions. But don’t worry; the owner is so very helpful. She’ll quote you the needle size and will leave it to you to touch and feel anything you spot. She’ll then ask about your project plan and weighs up the yarn for you with her
Chinese Steelyard.

Let’s see what I have got here:

1) About 180g of Silky Cotton in a grayish blue shade. I swatched on 4.5mm for a summery clapotis… it turned out so soft and drapey and with good stitch definitions and a lustrous sheen. I REALLY love this wonderful lot, and only wished she had more… but these are the last balls…


2) 500g of Plied Cotton in a creamy color with beige spots - this beautiful lot is reserved for an Apricot Jacket (Rebecca 27), will swatch up and confirm ;o)

5 comments:

joy said...

What an amazing find! The new Clap looks great.

Siow Chin said...

I remember that lady although I haven't bought anything from her.

opportunityknits said...

Hong Kong is just an amazing & wonderful place to me. The yarns look so interesting.

handknit168 said...

I don't know that at Tang Lung street has a yarn store. Should check it up.

Mimi said...

Sounds to be a great finding (sweet memories) and the yarn looks so nice.