The Yarn Tourist in Italy

When you go to Ravenna, which you will surely want to do after reading about it here, just remember that most shops are closed on Thursday afternoon. That was when I made my first trek to the yarn store, just across from one of Ravenna’s famous baptisteries. I stood outside in the drizzling rain, and it was all I could do not to press my nose against the windows.

Ravenna's yarn shop

Not easily deterred from seeking out yarn, I went back on Friday evening. “Casa della Lana e del Cotone,” the House of Wool and Cotton, was like a beacon in the gathering dusk. The shelves were stocked with all kinds of great novelty yarns. Most were Italian-made. I even found some corded cottons in pretty colors, to be knitted on about size 3 needles, which I haven’t seen around in the US for a long time.

One wall was devoted to very fine yarns in many shades of color. I assumed they were meant for combining, to achieve even more colors. They could also have been for machine knitting (though they were in hanks), or just for plain old very fine knitting.

I bought these skeins!

One of the three ladies in the store knitted with the yarn around her neck for tension. She manipulated the yarn with her left thumb. The ladies didn’t speak any more English than I did Italian, but we understood each other well enough. I said, “Italiano lana es bella!” “The best!” agreed the boss lady.

I left with two souvenirs: the gray and pink Mondial and the black and rainbow Filatura di Crosa. Both are Italian yarns. Filatura di Crosa is the yarn manufactured under the name of the famous knitting Missoni family. I’d like to visit their design studio, factory, etc., someday.

Yarn shop in Venice

It could only have been fate and luck, or maybe even divine guidance, that put this pretty little yarn store in my path in Venice. It is just off the Menin Square, right next to the Cortes bridge on the island of St. Marco. You can see the steps of the bridge, reflected in the window in this photo.

It was small, like most of the shops in Venice. Maybe that is why only one skein of each yarn color is displayed on the shelves. The shop’s name was especially nice: “Lellabella.” My daughter, Ella, liked the name, too.

Tomorrow: some knit and crochet fashions I saw in Italy.

4 Responses to The Yarn Tourist in Italy

  1. three sisters March 1, 2006 at 11:21 pm #

    Wow! How interesting. I’d love to visit an Italian yarn shop! =)

  2. wool winder March 2, 2006 at 9:35 am #

    Nice yarn.

  3. Kat March 2, 2006 at 3:04 pm #

    very very jealous!

  4. Syl. Hopwood May 25, 2008 at 7:53 pm #

    I knit and sell my shawls all over the world and always on the search for new fibres….. I will be in Venice in early October and will be in the shop…. I can hardly wait….. thanks for all your fabulous information….. love to all and keep the needles clicking. xxxxxxxx

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