Many people have emailed me over the past two years about yarn shops in Buenos Aires (about one email a week). I thought I'd just put up this post so that people could get the information on their own without having to email me or add a comment. I love getting emails and comments from all of you, but this will be easier for everybody.
a park in buenos aires | click to enlarge
- The yarn shops are on the 900 block of Avenida Scalabrini Ortiz, 1414 Capital Federal. You will need to take a taxi to get there.
- Make sure you write down the amount and kind of yarn that you are buying because there are no ball bands (I wish I had).
- The yarn is sold by weight. If you are unsure how much you need for a project, ask, the salespeople will know. You will need to know Spanish... very few people can speak English.
- Llama yarn is great for hats and scarves but too hot for sweaters.
- The yarn is inexpensive but decent quality. I bought enough yarn to make two sweaters and three scarves for only US$40.
- If you live in the the US you should have no problems with knitting needles at US airports or in Argentina. When I went to BsAs I took circular needles (I was still using straights) and didn't have any issues. However, I recently went to London and I saw them taking knitting needles at security in Gatwick. They didn't take mine for some reason... I guess I got lucky. So, check with the security organization in your country.
- Check out Plaza Dorrego street market when you are there. Lots of crafts. I found a great piece of pottery that was maybe US$30.
- This is a great site with good information about the city.
- Here is my original post from December 2004 about my trip.