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Yarn Crawl in São Paulo, Brazil

on October 29, 2012

It is not my intention to make all my blog posts about Yarn Crawls, but I have made two unique ones just last month and I want to share it while it is still fresh in my mind.

After the Cross Country Yarn Crawl, my husband and I took a trip down to Brazil before starting work and settling into our new home.   The last time we were in Brazil I had never experienced a good yarn crawl and after the one cross country I wanted to go international, so I started trying to find LYS in Brazil.   This proved to be a bit challenging; I checked my Brazilian groups on Ravelry, Knitmap, even did web searches in Portuguese on the Brazilian search engines and didn’t come up with much.  I did encounter a blog in Portuguese where these two friends listed different on-line sources for buying yarn in Brazil and abroad.  Most of their listings proved to be major craft shops that are similar to Michael’s, but it was there that I found Empório das Lãs, a LYS in São Paulo, and Fazenda Caixa Dágua, a farm that produces wool in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

I have never been to Rio Grande do Sul and wasn’t able to make any plans to go to the farm, but I was really excited to have found a Brazilian wool manufacturer of such high quality.   They use only natural dyes and make only skeins of worsted weight or thicker.  I don’t believe that they have any superwash yarn, but that is easy to overlook when you consider at the beautiful colors they produce.

We were in São Paulo on September 6 and had just a few free hours in the afternoon to kill and so we went to Empório das Lãs while my parents went to a ceramics art exhibit.   Some taxis in São Paulo now have GPS, but not many,  luckily for us I had printed out directions on how to get to this little shop.   Take LA traffic and put it in a confined city grid like New York and you get Sao Paulo.   It is a hard city to navigate in; you can spend hours in your car, so make sure you have extra time and cash to pay for the cab.  It took us carefully reading street signs to help the driver but we made it to the shop.

Like many boutiques in São Paulo, the door was locked for security reasons, but once we rang the doorbell we were let into a very small room with lots of fabulous yarn.  True, many of them are commonly found here in the USA (i.e. Debbie Bliss and Noro), but they also had some harder to find German brands (i.e. Austermann and Schoeller) and of course the Brazilian Wool that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on.  Besides the Caixa d’agua they also had Ecolã in stock, another  yarn manufacturer in Rio Grande do Sul.   I was ecstatic to discover a new yarn brand and could hardly contain myself (which is why I forgot to take photos of this LYS), the girls at the shop did not know what to make of me and my husband reigned me in as best he could.

The next day we had lunch with our extended family and my cousin’s wife suggested that I check out another LYS in São Paulo called Novelaria.  This shop is spectacular!  The owner comes to the major yarn shows here in the US, so she is familiar with how to best display her yarn.  There was a long wall filled with beautiful yarns (most of which were from Uruguay), a small selection of books, and a handful of accessories to cater to a knitter’s needs, but the majority of the space was focused on making the customer comfortable to sit around and knit, knit, knit.   There were large tables to spread out your work and wind your yarn,  small dining tables on the Knit Cafe portion where you could have some coffee and snacks, as well as sofas and arm chairs for a fun knitting circle.  Oh, how I would’ve loved to have spent the afternoon there!

At this shop I was with my mother and she got just as excited as I did – she could envision the beautiful pieces that I could make for her!  She chose two eclectic and unique yarns that I had never heard of, a brand called Milana Hilados.   When I added this to my stash on Ravelry it shows it as being spun by a local shop in Argentina, I don’t know how it ended up in Novelaria’s sale bin, but I am excited to knit up some cowls for my mom.  For myself, I bought three skeins of Abuelita Worsted Merino Yarn with the intention of making the #39 Shell Crochet Bag that is featured in the first ever issue of Vogue Knitting Crochet 2012.  Abuelita is a brand from Uruguay that is a little easier to find here in the USA, but I have only seen it online.  This was my first time petting this yarn and it incredibly soft, I couldn’t pass it up.

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Now that I know about these two shops I cannot wait until my next trip to São Paulo!

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3 responses to “Yarn Crawl in São Paulo, Brazil

  1. lisagono says:

    What a fantastic way to see different parts of a city. I always wonder how best to get to different corners of a city when we’re travelling (the ones not listed in the Lonely Planet), this would definitely inspire me; especially in South America. They carry some Brazilian, Peruvian and Argentian yarns at the big yarn store in the design district of Toronto, and I’ve loved everything I’ve made with them – gorgeous colours!

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  2. […] Crochet Bag designed by Yoko Hatta.  I am going to use the Abuelita yarns that I got during my Yarn Crawl in São Paulo which are very close in color to the one modeled in the magazine.  I am so excited to start, so I […]

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  3. Hello!
    We just found out your post and we are happy that you liked our yarn 🙂

    We have good news for you: next time you come to Brasil, you’re going to finde a fingering yarn superwash, our newest product. Check it out- http://caixadagua.com/fios-de-la/fios-sock-superwash

    These, like all of our products, are also hand dyed with natural dyes. I hope you like them too 🙂

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