I didn’t want to let this much time pass between two posts but a combination of being ill, Typepad not working and a trip to Italy, it simply hasn’t been possible to post and the knitting has suffered as well. However, I did come across a couple of yarn shops which were both located in zones where I couldn’t avoid finding them. Normally it can be quite hard to find yarn stores in Italy, in particular ones that are pure yarn shops. Often yarn is sold from a Merceria which is a shop specialized in underwear, stockings and haberdashery but nowadays, especially in the bigger cities, it only sells underwear and stockings. The shops I found were both right in the center of small towns so it was impossible to miss them.
Here’s a picture of the shop I came across in Ferrara on a very rainy Saturday. I don’t remember the name of the street but it’s in an arcaded side street quite close to the square with the cathedral. I only had a quick look inside but it did seem to have a decent selection. It did carry a lot of lace weight yarns which I suppose are meant for machine knitting but probably can be used for lace knitting as well.
The other shop I found was in Ravenna, right in front of the cathedral!
It was double the size of the other shop with a big section dedicated to the machine knitting yarns. I don’t really know if there’s a difference in the way these yarns are made, to me they seem like regular yarn, just thinner. I bought two hanks of a very thin merino yarn to see if it’s usable for lace knitting.
In total there’s a 100 g running 1200 m per 50g(2/48). That’s enough for a shawl but I need to swatch it before I know how it works. It’s treated to be unshrinkable (irrestringibile) but still requires hand washing. I paid €9.50 which to me is very good price.