When a close friend of mine asked me to accompany her on a daytrip to Amsterdam including the chance to visit Stephen and Penelope, I did not hesitate a second.
The shop is just gorgeous. You fall into a universe of colours right after the doorstep. To enhance this effect, most yarns are displayed hanging in hanks at the walls.
Apart from the exquisite selection of yarns, including brands like Malabrigo, Baa Ram Ewe, Jamieson & Smith, Hedgehog Fibres, Madelinetosh and Quince & Co., you will find a lot of pattern and yarn related books in every little corner. Most of them are showcased with a touchable example of their content.
On your way to the first floor you pass a white wall full of colourful Stephen West shawls:
Now to the fun part, my shopping there. You might have discovered yet, I like black. Black, greys, black, dark reddish purples, black and sometimes very dark reds. So what actually would I buy there? Beautiful Malabrigo? Jamieson & Smith for their sheepiness? Hedgehog Fibres to celebrate my yarn snobism? No,I bought two hanks of Baa Ram Ewe Titus in Coal. This fingering weight yarn has a light halo which I instantly fell in love with:
I’m pretty sure I will use it for winter accessories, so it will get a nice little space in my wool closet for the moment.
During the drive to Amsterdam, I finished the charity socks! They’re made of some cheap Aldi sock yarn but turned out quite nice. They’re size EU 43 and weigh 75 g.
Today I might block my Waiting for Rain shawl.