I am trying catch up and share with you some of the special things, so sometimes I have to go a bit backwards. I hope you will forgive me my casual chronology. There is so much to tell that my head is bursting with it.
Last night as I took a look at the resent photos I realized that I had not written yet about our wonderful yarn crawl.
About two weeks ago we went to Haifa to sign the paperwork for our container. Well, when we were done with the necessary boring paperwork DH asked me if I want to check out the yarn shops. Did I? Indeed I did!
So off we went on our magical mystery tour.
We boarded the bus for our trip to the old part of town. Did I mention rain? Oh yes, it was raining too, but we were not deterred.
The two yarn shops (supposedly biggest in Israel) are located very close to each other – practically on the same block. The first one we went to called Gdil. It is operated by Mother and Daughter team. The Mom is originally from Russia so I had no problem talking to her. I was happy to discover that they stocked plenty of circular Addi needles and the price for them was very low by US standards – about 20 shekels – like 6 dollars. Most of the yarn was cotton or acrylic, but I got to drool over some wonderful cashmere and really soft bamboo. They had some wool too. The Shop is a wonderful center of all fiberly things. Lots of pretty canvases, knitting machines, really wonderful crochet hooks, and buttons, buttons, buttons galore!
The proprietors are exceptionally friendly and helpful. Of course, I could not resist buying some yarn. You know, as a souvenir. Especially because huge letters in Russian proclaimed “Yarn Sale!” So I got three balls of a really cute cotton blend to make a Surplice Baby Sweater for a friend. It is well on the way now and I might even finish it before Purim.
The second yarn shop – Markovitz on 51 Hertzl street also had lots of yarn. Most of it is acrylic and you have to ask for the good stuff. I fell in love with the special crochet hooks by Skacel made for people with arthritis. DH got me one as an early birthday present.
What I loved most about this shop were yards and yards of beautiful, imaginative trim, with chiffon or silk flower, with pretty embroidery, all colors and sizes.
I am going to Haifa tomorrow to meet up with DH’s cousin. Wonder if I will have the time to pop by.