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knitting finding a yarn shop

Susanwills

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Camino(s) past & future
(2016)
Are there any yarn shops along the camino frances in which to buy yarn and needles?
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
In Saint Jean Pied de Port at 9 rue de l'Eglise is the shop Au Fil de Laure which has sewing and kniting supplies, ie notions in English ( la mercerie, in French).

For similar shops in Spain Google the term la merceria with the town name of each stop. For example Pamplona merceria.

Happy stitching and Buen camino!
 
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Susanwills

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016)
In Saint Jean Pied de Port at 9 rue de l'Eglise is the shop Au Fil de Laure which has sewing and kniting supplies, ie notions in English ( la mercerie, in French).

For similar shops in Spain Google the term la merceria with the town name of each stop. For example Pamplona merceria.

Happy stitching and Buen camino!
great! thanks....
 

GreatDane

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CF to Burgos Sept/Oct 2014, Burgos to Astorga April 2016, Astorga to SdC 2017
I'd looked up and written myself a list of likely yarn shops through Burgos and then in Madrid. That I forgot at home...Got fooled at least 3 times when stores were using yarn as decorations in their store windows and they didn't sell anything that had to do with fiber arts.
For example this window (click photo to make it larger): DSCF1001.jpeg
Also got fooled in Madrid when a store's window display was a bunch of the most beautiful artist's paint brushes (spied it while on my city walking tour and marked on my map where it was). When I got back to it last minute before heading out to my airport hotel, instead of being a high quality art supply store it ended up being, well, a big disappointment - mostly craft supplies and kid's stuff.
 
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Susanwills

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2016)
I'd looked up and written myself a list of likely yarn shops through Burgos and then in Madrid. That I forgot at home...Got fooled at least 3 times when stores were using yarn as decorations in their store windows and they didn't sell anything that had to do with fiber arts.
For example this window (click photo to make it larger): View attachment 24251
Also got fooled in Madrid when a store's window display was a bunch of the most beautiful artist's paint brushes (spied it while on my city walking tour and marked on my map where it was). When I got back to it last minute before heading out to my airport hotel, instead of being a high quality art supply store it ended up being, well, a big disappointment - mostly craft supplies and kid's stuff.
wow, they wouldn't sell the Katia yarn! I want to knit along my trek, but want to carry on my bag...so can't pack knitting needles...perhaps a crochet hook?
 

GreatDane

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CF to Burgos Sept/Oct 2014, Burgos to Astorga April 2016, Astorga to SdC 2017
wow, they wouldn't sell the Katia yarn! I want to knit along my trek, but want to carry on my bag...so can't pack knitting needles...perhaps a crochet hook?
I've knit on planes for years and years using both wood and stainless steel circular needles and have never been challenged (before or after the advent of TSA). I pack nail clippers instead of scissors. On my camino I limited myself to knitting socks since it was just 100gr of sock yarn and the needles.
 

Ellen AB CA

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Camino(s) past & future
none to date (planned for May 2016)
I've had no problems travelling by air with knitting needles in my carry-on - both DPNs and Round. Round needles are very handy because you can tuck them in your pocket (yarn and all) when necessary.
 

Magwood

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I travel between Spain and the UK very regularly, almost always with knitting needles in my carry on, and have never had a problem. I have never been inclined to bring them on Camino though - I suppose I am usually too busy writing my blog.
Buen Camino!
 

miriamaok

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to SdC Camino Frances (2016)
Coimbra to SdC Camino Portugues (2017)
Camino del Norte (2018)
I found sock yarn and bamboo dpns in Tiger shop in Burgos so got cracking in some socks! I am now in SdC and on Rua Nova there are two yarn shops! I spied some women lacemaking in one of them last night!
 

ChristinaD

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-injured; finished Sept 2017 - next Camino: Sept 2019
I just love it that there are kindred spirits on every possible subject on this blog. Hubby suggested I might want to buy a special yarn on our trek from May-June as a special way to remember our Camino...great idea, but how do I find one? Here on Ivar's site, of course. Thanks everyone!
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I've knit on planes for years and years using both wood and stainless steel circular needles and have never been challenged (before or after the advent of TSA). I pack nail clippers instead of scissors. On my camino I limited myself to knitting socks since it was just 100gr of sock yarn and the needles.
I could have written that very comment!!

I've bought yarn in Santiago and Madrid and made a blanket to remember each of our caminos. I'll upload pictures when I can use the computer.
 

ChristinaD

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-injured; finished Sept 2017 - next Camino: Sept 2019
I could have written that very comment!!

I've bought yarn in Santiago and Madrid and made a blanket to remember each of our caminos. I'll upload pictures when I can use the computer.
If I purchased enough yarn for a blanket, it might displace my sleeping bag! I am thinking more like a lacy shawl, but not certain yet. I did have my needles confiscated once- on a short flight from London to Rome several years ago, but only the one time.

Would love to see pix of your Camino projects.
 

ChristinaD

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-injured; finished Sept 2017 - next Camino: Sept 2019

Kiwi-family

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Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I purchased my blanket yarn AFTER walking! On my first few caminos I took a wee ball of sock yarn to use in the evenings, but by my last camino I managed to leave the yarn at home and content myself with watercolours and sketching. I decided that by the time I had journalled and blogged, the time left for knitting was so scarce that it really wasn't worth carrying the wool! Here's my last pair of camino socks on the go at Casa Fernanda...
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This blanket celebrated our 1,500km of walking ups and downs - each set of three stripes was based on a photo we had taken along the way. When I purchased the cotton in Santiago they gave me a voucher to get 30 euros off my next purchase. So we returned the next day and one of my daughters chose colours she loved and I made her a little flower lap blanket - finished it just before we touched down in NZ!

Then came the Camino Portuguese with all its cobblestones and tiles and rich colours....

Next up was the Via de la Plata with all its beautiful spring flowers that inspired the palette:

When I finished this I decided it really wasn't flowery enough and so I have started another: IMG_1001.JPG

I can see what it will be like in my head;-)
I'm not a bright colours person, so these have been a real departure from my preferred palette, but at the same time they have been a lot of fun to design and make. I'd like to do a coastal camino to have an excuse to do blue ripples! And another Portuguese to do blue and white motifs. I still have to do an autumnal blanket for our first September camino, but I just can't bring myself to play with brown and orange yet!
 

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ChristinaD

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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017-injured; finished Sept 2017 - next Camino: Sept 2019
Oh my, those are indeed huge projects! Much more yarn than I could ever carry in my backpack. I don't crochet, just knitting for me, but I was thinking more along the lines of knitting a little each day, so would have to be smaller, perhaps lacy. I guess when I think of Spain I think of mantilla's, so a lacy shawl or wrap of some sort, to remember my walk and where I knit it.
 

falcon269

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Camino(s) past & future
yes
I suspect many towns will have specific knitting shops. Attached is a photo of one in Arzua. "China" stores will have an entire section of knitting supplies. They have become ubiquitous.
 

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Kiwi-family

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Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Oh my, those are indeed huge projects! Much more yarn than I could ever carry in my backpack.
Me too - that's why socks were my carry-along project of choice;-)
But I did manage to squish all that wool into our carry-on backpacks to get it home.
 

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